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June 24, 2010 – Comments (13)

I just canceled my Comcast cable and hooked every one of my TVs up to the internet.

It took years of paying $100 a month for cable even when I never watched anything that isn't on Hulu to see the light. The only thing I want (mainly for work) is CNBC, which for $9 a month you can get a live streaming feed online. 

I'm hoping this is what the future will look like.  

 

13 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM, imobillc (< 20) wrote:

I hate comcast....

worst costumer service ever! (Home and Business)

Mars 

 

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#2) On June 24, 2010 at 4:43 PM, outoffocus (23.20) wrote:

Good for you. I can't give up the cable because I can't give up the sports.  Monday night football isn't on regular TV anymore and you can hardly catch other sports on regular TV at all. If it weren't for that, I probably would have dropped my cable.  Granted I technically only pay $50 for cable (the other $50 is for internet).  But when it comes down to the two, I'd keep the internet hands down.

Also, I have to say Verizon is probably the lesser of the 2 evils (but they are still evil).

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#3) On June 24, 2010 at 5:28 PM, ocsurf (< 20) wrote:

I haven't paid for cable or satellite for quite some time now. I have a network set up in my house where I can watch anything over the internet...EVEN LIVE TV!!!! I still watch all sporting events live and in HD!

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#4) On June 24, 2010 at 6:21 PM, Melaschasm (56.76) wrote:

Welcome to the information age!

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#5) On June 24, 2010 at 6:25 PM, truleuneek (< 20) wrote:

ocsurf,

Can you drop any hints as to how?

:-) 

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#6) On June 24, 2010 at 6:31 PM, blesto (30.97) wrote:

Cable is against my religion.

I can remember when cable first came out, you paid to watch full programing without commercials. Now, it's nothing but one giant commercial.

I'm happy with my digital tuner and my DSL. 

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#7) On June 25, 2010 at 2:33 AM, ralphmachio (27.71) wrote:

The worst part about cable, you are paying for your own propaganda! It is barely entertaining! I cannot believe anyone pays for that crap, and I usually leave if someone turns on the television. 

qwest is an even more despicable company, and I will do whatever I can to get the message out. If you work for qwest in North Dakota, please learn to speak English! There are Dell service reps in India that have a better command of the english language, and even when I ask to speak to their 'superior', which is how I open the conversation, I still get a F#$Ktard with a 45 IQ who I could bludgeon for the sake of improving the gene pool, and not feel an ounce of guilt. Hey Qwest, don't call me and ask me what my account # is. If you don't know it, you need a better computer program, stupid gnat-brained imbeciles.

Short QWEST! I'm gonna start suggesting it everywhere, so that people who have never even bought a stock are going to short qwest soon. What's their ticker anyway?

PS Short Qwest!!! 

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#8) On June 25, 2010 at 3:10 AM, Tastylunch (29.34) wrote:

yeah but is comcast your internet provider?

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#9) On June 25, 2010 at 8:34 AM, JakilaTheHun (99.93) wrote:

There should be more Internet-only "TV stations".  I don't understand why there aren't.

I hate cable TV, as well.  I refuse to pay $60+ per month when I'm only going to watch maybe 3-4 channels.  

If the NBA, NFL, and NCAA would start selling Internet-TV rights seperately from regular-TV rights, I believe they'd make more money.  I actually miss out on a lot of sports because I refuse to subscribe to cable, but I'd watch them if they were on the Internet (without subscription).  

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#10) On June 25, 2010 at 9:02 AM, Evlampius (< 20) wrote:

yes but how do you get internet? Comcast is the only provider here and I get very fast internet through them. I don't watch cable TV but it still catches local channels over the regular cable.   Plus I absolutely HATE cable boxes and 23 different remotes. 

I think Netflix is the best thing ever. Think everything will be through internet soon.

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#11) On June 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Rehydrogenated (32.21) wrote:

Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Qwest are all in for a bumpy ride, mostly to the downside.

IPTV is the new hot thing all over the planet, it gives unprecedented access to an infinite number of channels (like everything on the internet) as well as anyone who wants to set up a "TV station" aka dedicated server w/shows for people to watch. 

 IPTV is absolutely amazing for people in a foreign country who want to watch TV shows from their home country, or people who want to get news/sports anything from a different country. Meanwhile it connects your TV, to your computers, to your microwave if you want.

And after the initial install its FREE (well the internet connection costs money).

The only reason IPTV hasn't caught on in the US is because of "communications charters" that prevent companies from selling IPTV unless they recieve a charter to do so (yeah wtf? I can't put a box with buttons in my own house? An xbox is the same thing!).

IPTV will give the communications companies a nice boost at first, while everyone is getting it installed, but it will ultimately be their demise.

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#12) On June 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM, ocsurf (< 20) wrote:

Great website to start with.

Internet TV

 

 

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#13) On June 25, 2010 at 1:22 PM, anticitrade (99.64) wrote:

So in my home theater....  I use a playon, tversity combo to stream all my media through my ps3 to my projector.  I pay for high quality internet, but no cable. 

Pros:

1)  Cheaper

2) I don't plan my life around a tv schedule

3) TV is no longer a default time sink, it is an entertaining event (meaning it takes some planning and we do a lot less of it)

Cons:

1) It is a lot harder to flop down on the couch and watch whatevers on.

2) There are some frusterating technical hurdles (it works, but not nearly as smoothly as it should)

3) You have to wait for shows to be uploaded to the net.  (Everythings is available somewhere, but you don't always get it immediately)

Overall, I like the theory of optimizing my entertainment.  And dealing with cable companies made me crazy...

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