Just cancelled tv service..whoo-hoo!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by glocke12, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. glocke12 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    The other week I realized that I have not sat down and watched any television for about two months.

    There are a couple of reasons for this...the first is that I am streaming more from netflix.

    The second is that there really just is not anything on that I find interesting, and alot of what is on just seems to be a rehash of stuff Ive seen before. Pretty sad statement when you have 250 channels to choose from.

    The third reason is that I have satellite service (dish network), and the times that I have tried to watch it recently the service has been out due to weather.

    Im really looking forward to saving the $100.00++ per month that doing away with this service will save me.

    Anyone else here taken the plunge and done away with the boob tube?
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    250 channels of porn?;)
  3. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Good for you! I wish I could get rid of our subscription television. I don't ever watch it at all and it is a huge waste of money. There are two reasons, though, why I can't cancel it:
    1. Wife and kids watch it fairly regularly
    2. High speed internet is set up through same company and would become much more expensive if we don't have TV with them.

    I look forward to products like Apple TV gaining more ground and popularity so maybe someday in the future we can see the end of having to pay for a bunch of channels we never watch.
  4. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I couldn't live without the BBC now, it's pretty much the only TV I watch and if it wasn't there I'd be spending a fortune on DVDs. If they can trim off ITV, Channel 5 and the subsidy Sky get from the license fee I'd be happier.
  5. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    We still don't have a TV box for my uni house, I don't miss it, I used to love watching TV, but there's so much crap on these days it's really put me off.

    I use iPlayer to catch on Top Gear, 4OD for IT Crowd etc etc, but that's really about it. I watch a lot of American sit coms at the moment that are so far behind over here it's easier to just download them than wait months for the UK to catch up.
  6. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    TV-free household since 2004 April. It's great. I am 100% sure that I will live longer and more fully for having parted company with all that hype, not least because I'm more physically active since the TV set went to the landfill.
  7. babybanana macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2010
    Parents continue to pay for TV but I won't when I get my house one day. I'll just rewatch them all on BBC iplayer and all that jazz :)
  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I still watch quite a bit of TV that isn't easy to get online (Discovery, TLC, HGTV [my wife], BBCA). If those companies would realize they could make more money buy putting them online I'd jump ship (after convincing my wife). We're watching a lot more Netflix online as well.
  9. macdim macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2007
    I guess you guys who get rid of your TV service don't like live sports enough to pay for it. That's really the only thing stopping me from getting rid of mine.
  10. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    Southern California
    Exactly. If not for sports, mine would likely be gone too.
  11. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    Same here. We've been without DirecTV or cable for over a year now and haven't missed it once. Not one TV here gets service and hasn't been turned on in all that time.

    I remember when I called to cancel, the rep asked what i was going to be switching to and I told him nothing at all. He acted like he never heard of such a thing before.

    We get everything from iTunes now. Commercial free!
  12. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    Yea I very rarely sit down and watch TV, but I watched nearly every World Cup game this summer, I'll watch a the majority of Colts games, some rivalry games and the NFL playoffs, and I'll try to keep up with the NHL season and as many Rangers games as I can.

    Unfortunately it's just not the same on the computer or I'd be seriously ready to cancel TV—if it weren't so good to wake up late on a cold fall Sunday to watch some football with the guys in my apartment.
  13. webmunki macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010
    Manchester, UK
    I got rid of my TV here in the UK about a year ago. I only ever had the news running the same stuff over and over anyhow.

    WRT: the Beeb, is the stuff on iPlayer not sufficient? If you dont have a TV set and just watch programs on the internet after they are broadcast then you aren't eligible to pay the TV license fee.
  14. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    It's just a lot easier (and I imagine more environmentally friendly) to run just a TV than a TV+laptop+router. The picture quality isn't as good with the iPlayer too.
    For me TV is an easy, convenient technology that I can sit back and relax with whenever my shows are on. Adding computers and intermittent net connections only complicates that.
  15. puffnstuff macrumors 65816

    Jan 2, 2008
    I can't cancel because internet is cheaper with the cable. But I never turn the TV on the cable is not even hooked up. :rolleyes:

    I am thinking about just getting mifi and canceling the cable/internet package I have not sure if that is a good idea.
  16. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If you cancel TV service, the price of your Internet will go up, but it still should be less expensive than what you're paying now (for cable TV + internet)?

    I enjoy TV sometimes. For about two years, I ran with a TiVo hooked up to an antenna on the roof and got perfect HD reception for local channels, which is 99% of what I watch. $0.00/month in cable/satellite TV bills.

    What screwed me was the final season of Battlestar Galactica. SyFy isn't a local channel, so to watch that, I had to buy it from iTunes or torrent it, and neither have the content immediately available. So went back to cable TV for that, and kept it since. My roommate threatens to leave when I mention going back to just locals, and losing his rent money to save $70 isn't worth it. ;)
  17. it5five macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    When I moved to my new home my girlfriend and I didn't sign up for cable. We have the internet and are able to stream Netflix through our Wii. Everything we watch we can either stream on Netflix or have the DVD sent to us. I don't miss TV at all so far, but I think we're probably going to get some bunny ears set up soon so we can watch local channels.
  18. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I really wish the cable company could somehow offer a "name your channels" service. There is no way I'm getting rid of TV, as many shows I watch simply aren't available online...and I'm not going to change what I enjoy simply based on online offerings. But I have zero need for most sports channels (except maybe 5 times a year if my college team is playing), pretty much will never ever watch the Spanish channels or the religious channels, probably won't ever watch Fox News, etc.

    But between my wife and I, I'd say we watch most of the other channels fairly frequently. Between the networks, DIY, HGTV, Discovery, TLC, Science Channel, A&E, Food Channel, Bravo, Travel Channel, etc...there's almost always something interesting to us on.

    What I'd like is a "Pick 30 channels for $30/month" option or something like that. Then any time you want to watch a channel not in your block, it's $1 an hour or something. That would save me tons, and I'd still get the same enjoyment i do now.
  19. AAPLaday Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    All i use my Samsung TV for is watching Blu-Ray movies and football. And theres hardly any football on UK TV without getting Sky so i mostly go to the pub with my mates when a games on.
  20. puffnstuff macrumors 65816

    Jan 2, 2008
    I asked for Internet only it was more expensive my bill would be an extra $10 a month if I took the cable off. There is no DSL in my area cable only.

    The only thing I usually watch is Adult Swim which I get online. I haven't seen a good live action show in years.
  21. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    I don't pay for television anymore. I do have a TV that I watch a fair amount of movies with and also Hulu.

    I couldn't justify paying a monthly bill for a service I used maybe 5 days out of the month. Just too busy to sit down and watch cable television.
  22. bern1812 macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    If it weren't for sports I could do without cable just fine. But I need the ESPN family and Golf Network to get my sports fix for the day.
  23. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Haven't had cable in over 10 years. Too expensive and advert-laden for what it offered.

    • Netflix (DVD and streaming) for movies and old tv programs.
    • Redbox and Blockbuster machines for instant $1 movie rentals.
    • Apple tv for anything not available on the previous two.
    • HDTV antenna in the attic for free network tv.
    • and news and weather is simply easier to read online than endure the self-congratulatory fluff and endless "coming right up after the break" tease from my local stations.
  24. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    Have you considered the price of the pub and those drinks whenever you want to watch a game, over getting Sky and saving money on the pub? Don't know which one would be cheaper for you.
  25. AAPLaday Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    Yeah but the atmosphere isn't the same at home. The pubs we go to are either in Manchester or Chorlton, and theres nothing like having a big crowd there all cheering that makes it that extra bit special.

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