Want REAL alternative to cable

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by puma1552, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    So I'm stuck with Century Link here in my apartment since that's who the building is wired for, and quite frankly - I hate them. Everything about them.

    I have my internet through Century link and that is bundled with DirecTV (I pay Century Link for both on the same bill).

    I'm now paying $115 a month for CRAPPY 7 Mbps internet (second crappiest they have) and the crappiest TV package DirecTV offers. What a complete joke. Oh, and I'm halfway through a 2 year contract. Yuck.

    I'm going to call them today and see what they can do because this is a rip off and they are throttling my internet too which is bogus.

    If I can't work a resolution to get better service for less, what are my options?

    *I need to keep internet service through them though*

    I'm thinking these are a few of many:

    1) Keep internet, get faster internet (maybe 20 megs?), dump the DirecTV altogether and pay the fee (not sure if I can drop half of the services in my contract though, might have to drop the whole shebang and start new). Get a rabbit ears antennae to get free TV channels.

    2) Same as above, but add Hulu subscription?

    3) Keep same internet, dump DirecTV, get Hulu and/or rabbit ears but probably get throttled (hell they'll probably throttle me on 50 meg internet)

    I really don't care about TV to be honest but it would be nice to have. A few shows are good to watch and CNN is nice, but not necessary. I think Century Link is going to really ream me if I want just plain old internet without all that bundle garbage, when I signed up my god did they push home phone like it was 1984.

    I don't know…I just need internet, and am looking for TV options/alternatives? I have an Apple TV but not sure what the best non-cable alternative is. The cable TV business model needs to die a rotten death.
     
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    If true, I think this suggests its own answer...
     
  3. shinji macrumors 65816

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    If everything except CNN you watch is available with an antenna, drop DirecTV and forget Hulu. You can just watch free network news or read.

    I would definitely spend the savings on faster internet. 7 mbps sucks.
     
  4. carjakester macrumors 68020

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  5. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Well I talked to Century Link and they dropped $15 of the $25 increase for the next year. Not 100% happy, but I guess that will work for now…I've fought with them so much in my experience (took FIVE months to get the bill right when I started and CL and DirecTV kept pointing the finger at each other and telling me something different every time I called) that today I just didn't have the fight in me.

    I suppose I'll stick this out, then next year at this time my contract will be up and I won't have to pay the ridiculous $240 it would cost today to break my contract, at which point I will drop the TV and get better internet, and hopefully come in closer to $50 a month.

    Thanks guys.
     
  6. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    Condolences, puma1552. I feel your pain. CL is the only provider in my area. Have to pay them about $80 a month for a landline and crappy DSL. My satellite TV is not bundled through CenturyLink. Cheaper not to.

    Horrid service and horrible techs. That's what happens when there's no competition. :(
     
  7. dagmaar75 macrumors member

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    Get yourself an AppleTV or a Roku 3, subscribe to Netflix and Hulu+. I don't have any TV service and it's been nice so far
     
  8. Jnesbitt82 macrumors 6502

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    We have two Apple TVs and Netflix. We pay approx. $70 after taxes, per month to Time Warner for 50mbps down and 5mbps up speed. Haven't had cable in over a year and we're happy. :)
     
  9. albertfallickwa macrumors 6502a

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  10. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I pay $220 a month for cable, 2 premiums ($20), internet ($40), security ($20) system, and phone ($15). That's about $125 a month for channels, which is an expanded plan. There must be a less expensive alternative.
     
  11. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    if you live in a private home then get direct TV or dish network and go back and forth between satellite and cable using the new customer discounts
     

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