I started this email around the New Year, and it’s been 11-months since I cut the CATV cord, and I figure I should actually send this out. To put the monthly monetary savings into perspective; what we’re saving on TV, landline phone, and cell service allowed me to get a high end diesel powered lawn tractor.
I can’t guarantee that the links provided below still work.
Well the Cumcrap CATV bill went up again, and this time I’m going to find an alternative; which is boiling down to a good old fashioned antenna for local OTA (Over The Air) channels that I located on a 12’ high post in the back yard, and a streaming device (e.g. Roku) to get cable channels and movies from Netflix, Hulu, and others off the Internet. Worried about what your HOASS has to say about TV antennas? Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule | FCC.gov Our HOASS hasn’t bothered me about my antenna. So far the big downside is probably going to get access to the Discovery Channel family of networks. Yes, I’ve looked into satellite, and the cost to get service comparable to what we have is just as expensive, if not more as what we’re paying now.
So if “cutting the cable” is something of interest to you; I’ve included all the links I’ve used to gain information on getting TV via the net.
Free TV - 6 Cable TV Alternatives, Netflix, Free Television - AARP
Get Free HDTV and Save Money
Cutting the Cord on Cable - WSJ
The Five Best Cord Cutting Devices (Plus One Bonus!) | TechCrunch This article and the next one mention a device called Boxee that sounds promising; but I didn’t include Boxee’s link as Samsung just bought them from Linksys, and it appears they are in some sort of flux.
The Four Big Steps To Cutting The Cord | TechCrunch
DisableMyCable - Free and cheap alternatives to cable TV
http://www.roku.com Streaming $99 Internet device that I’m going to try. An update, the Roku 3 device works great with our wireless router.
Home of the #1 rated Indoor HDTV Antenna - Mohu
Use an OTA Tuner to Turn Your PC into a TV and DVR | TechHive
https://signup.netflix.com/ Streaming Internet TV/movie service for around $9 a month. An update, I’m happy with Netflix.
Free TV Shows and Movies - Watch Your Favorite TV Episodes and Movies Online | Hulu Streaming Internet TV/movie service for around $9 a month. An update, Hulu finally provided us a month’s trial for free. I think I might keep it.
Reducing the cost of landline and cell phone service.
For over a year now we’ve been using Ooma’s VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) for our landline. We’re just using plain-Jane Ooma, and our cost dropped from $45 a month with Century Fink to <$5 a month with Ooma. All we pay are the Gummint taxes and fees, and it works great. www.ooma.com
Tired of 2-year contracts and high monthly cell phone bills, then check out Consumer Cellular https://www.consumercellular.com/ , which is a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator; aka reseller of minutes) that uses AT & T’s network. We have two cell numbers and a data plan for my smartassphone for about $50 a month. The Big 4 can’t even come close. Consumer Cellular also lets you upgrade/downgrade service at will as your needs change. Their phone selection is limited; but just about any unlocked phone approved by AT & T should work on CC’s network. I bought my Sony smartassphone from these guys. http://www.gsmnation.com
For those of you with home security services (e.g. ADT); I have no idea if the VOIP options will work with them or not.