Debe Maxwell, CRS, The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR! (Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Debe Maxwell, CRS believe it or not I/We have never had pay-TV in our lives. My daughter gave us a Roku and we do use it on rare occasion but only for free services.

Jan 28, 2024 06:30 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I can't.  I can tell you why I ditched Cable for streaming.

I was paying $60/mo or there abouts for cable, plus the DVR box.  I was watching probably eight shows a week and often not getting to them until the DVR was full and I was getting warning messages.  I'd have to block out a weekend to clear it.  I started taking inventory of what I watched as I found for many of them (like Justified in its later seasons) I was browsing facebook or on my phone and the TV was background noise.  I narrowed it down to four shows I actually cared about, Falling Skies and Castle being two of them (which gives you an idea of how long ago this was, probably 2012 or 2013).  I forget the other two shows, I think they were on their final season at the time.  I did the math and if I bought the season in HD on iTunes, it was the same price as 1.5 to 2 months of cable service.  I ditched cable, bought the shows and watched them on the treadmill at the gym or on my laptop connected to the TV.

Now with streaming, which didn't come in until much later, I have a similar mindset.  There are only a few shows I watch.  Let's take Yellowstone as an example.  It is on Peacock.  It is one of two shows I watch on that network (the new night court is the other).  If I wait until they air and if I only subscribe during their run time, then I'm only paying for about 3-4 months at $15 or so per month.  If I wait until they're fully released and then watch the show (which is how I prefer to these days), then I only pay $15 for one month or maybe get a free 7 day trial and binge them both in that time period.

I do not know what DirecTV charges, but the cost savings is definitely there.  Paramount+ has two shows, Netflix has a few, same with Amazon Prime.  I finished up Peacock for a the year, as Yellowstone isn't back until December.  Netflix is the next one to go back on the cancellation list, once I finish "Better Call Saul" and a couple other shows and movies that are new since I last canceled them.

All in all, I'm still paying less than cable TV ($80/m now) for Netflix, Paramount, and HBO/Max.  Prime is the only one I don't factor in, because the shipping is the primary reason I have that and the TV/movies are secondary.  A different cost center, if you will.

Jan 28, 2024 09:41 PM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
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Debe Maxwell, CRS 

We had Directv and the price kept going up, we decided to get DishTv. It was less expensive and the price did not go up. BUT, I found out about YOUTUBE Tv and it has all the sports channels that my husband likes to watch. It is a lot less expensive than the other two. As long as you have internet, you should be able to use ROKU, Amazon Prime or YOUTUBE. Wishing you a successful decision. 

Jan 29, 2024 05:13 AM
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Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
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I ditched it all a few years ago and have been completely happy.  I use YouTube TV and Amazon Prime.  You know that I can't miss my U of A basketball games, so I often use Pac-12 Network for that.  Overall, I have been quite happy and it's way more affordable than cable or satellite.  With all of the different apps out there, it could likely really add up for those that watch a lot of tv though.  I rarely even watch.

Jan 29, 2024 03:56 AM
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Wayne Martin
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We get Astound through the HOA so we have no real choice. As we contemplate a move to the suburbs, I will be parked and reading so I am educated by the time we move.

Jan 29, 2024 03:31 AM
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Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
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I think it is a very personal decision, why would you decide to switch?  Cost? Service?  What are your options along the same lines?

Jan 29, 2024 05:33 AM
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We don't have any official cable service, just streaming. But I think the biggest issue with streaming services is getting live TV. If all you watch are things that have already aired, streaming can be inexpensive. If you want live stuff (news/etc), then it's more expensive. I'd love to get rid of most of our streaming services and do what Ryan does but hubby's not convinced. I think I'll have to do a cost/benefit analysis!

Jan 29, 2024 05:44 AM
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Roy Kelley
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We need to ditch Comcast. It is much too expensive.

Jan 29, 2024 04:40 AM
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Doug Dawes
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I don't have streaming but of those I know they all seem to be satisfied with whatever streaming platform they use and are very happy they are not paying anywhere near the $$$ they were with cable or DirectTV

Jan 29, 2024 07:19 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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I am no help here Debe Maxwell, CRS. I still have cable. I never used a DVR to record things.  I can stream previously aired shows with cable.  I do not watch a lot of TV. I know you will make the right decision for you and Ray.

Jan 29, 2024 07:04 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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I'd have to convince myself first. LOL

I have Prime, Peacock, Netflix and God knows what else, also Dish and I spend most of my time chromecasting from YouTube to my smart TV . . . I am probably one of the last people I know who's not ditching the satellite!

Jan 29, 2024 06:49 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I had Comcast cable service for years, and the day I got my bill, it went up $50/month, AND had no service.   I called and canceled it.   I got HULU, and get Amazon Prime for a third of what I was paying Comcast.  I did keep their internet for $63.00/month.

Jan 29, 2024 06:23 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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This is an ongoing debate in my mind too. I need to decide when I get back home and have my TV service reactivated. At least I don't have to pay for it when I am gone. I put it on "snowbird" status. 

Anyway, it's ridiculous how much I pay for cable TV service each month. I suppose you can get everything you want by doing a combination of streaming services. I have a wonderful array of streaming services in the rental I'm in now. It has a HUGE selection of shows, but the internet is unstable, which makes it frustrating when it keeps buffering during a show. In general, I find cable more reliable, but that may not be the case everywhere.

Good luck with that decision. I'm sure it's one you want to make for your move.

Jan 29, 2024 06:02 AM
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I depend on YouTube to answer my how to questions, but I use the free one.  I have amazon prime for shipping as we get pet foods and office supplies from them, the video is a bonus.  We have Ruku to get some old sitcoms for when the grand come visit.  I try to not watch more than 30 minutes of TV per day.  Henry has a sling subscription for sports and that was all still less than cable when we quit.

Jan 29, 2024 05:03 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
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Every time I have considered ditching Direct TV they agree to chop my bill way back with some kind of special since I've been with them for so long.

Jan 29, 2024 04:28 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
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just switch to direct steaming.  It's $99 vs. whatever you are paying now and the very same lineup.  My daughter has it and loves it.  They don't have boxes, can still "record" things they miss and watch on demand.  I personally have youtubetv and it's $84.99 a month and we love it.  I might switch to direct when baseball starts, depends on what youtube does this year.

Jan 29, 2024 01:33 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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I was die hard cable until I started my Vacation Rental Business, those properties were all streaming only. I stayed in them occasionally and found it clunky but much more of a variety of instant shows to watch commercial free. I converted and I'm of the "rabbit ear" black & white TV generation when we had about 10 channels...pre-HBO by 12 years.

Jan 29, 2024 09:11 AM
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We did it in 2018, should have done it sooner.

Jan 28, 2024 07:25 PM
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Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
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Go with Sling--$40/month.  I've been streaming for a year now.  Sure beats my old $200 month cable bill

Jan 29, 2024 07:39 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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DirectTV is such a dinosaur & in my area every time it rains you have no cable.

I've done it years ago. You are a tech gal & you will figure it out in no time. It is different as you have to go find something to watch vs. over the air where they just decide what you should watch. 

Now you have control.

Go with Philo $20/month.

Jan 29, 2024 03:23 PM
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Debe- we've been playing with the idea of what to do. We have Amazon, Netflix, Peacock and few others. Because of all of the sports we watch, we also have ESPN+ which came as a bundle with Disney+ and Hulu. Larry recently got a Tablo antenna...there is no monthly fee and it has a good picture. We're still playing with it. 

Jan 29, 2024 02:05 PM
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Tony Lewis
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Sattalte TV is unstable and weather conditions can cause you to lose the signal at any time of the year.  Streaming Services contune to offer exclusive shows and sporting eventsw so having them is becoming more mandatory day after day.

Jan 29, 2024 12:41 PM
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Rosemary Rizzitello
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I have Comcast internet service only I pay $99.00 a month. They went from $50.00 to $99.00 when folks started to cut the cable service. I do miss live tv especially watching the news. I do have Roku but again I miss live tv.

Jan 29, 2024 08:02 AM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

We have had youtube tv streaming for a few years.  it's about half the price cable was even after it went up from the initial 65 we were paying at first. over the years we've had it.

Jan 29, 2024 01:43 PM
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Jeff Pearl
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Do you have Starlink in your area?

Jan 29, 2024 01:28 PM
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Carla Freund
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We never had Direct TV. We did ditch cable for streaming. We use Roku and Youtube TV. It works well. What I don't like is all the different streaming platforms. We limit the ones we subscribe to because it's a big fat money trap. It's no wonder some of these young people struggle with budgets and bills.

Jan 31, 2024 10:56 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Alas, I can't do that, Debe... we are sticking with Direct TV to get ongoing access to the Tennis Channel... Maybe there is a better solution?

Jan 31, 2024 10:04 AM
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Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
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Debe Maxwell, CRS: I received a Roku box a few years ago. It is a streaming device. You can pick one up for $99. Just connect to the internet, and you are set to never cost anything again except the internet. That was the best move I ever made. Roku has FREE channels. I choose what I want; for example, HBOMax costs me $120 for the whole year, and they have Discovery, football, basketball series movies, and so much more - then there is Hulu they charge  - or Netflix they charge  - but there are so many other free services of shows and movies I will never go back Streaming is where it is at 

On Streaming, you can have any channel you want it is the modern way to watch TV  SMART TV

Jan 30, 2024 03:44 PM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
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I cut the cable and went with Sling for $40/month, vs cable increase to $180/month prompted me to make the switch but sounds like you're ready but the controller of the remote is not, good luck with that. 

Jan 30, 2024 02:17 PM
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Ditch the dish. 

Here's a tip for Apple+... if you get the Target app, the fine print in there gives you 3 months of Apple+.  Then hubby can do the same thing.  When you buy an Apple TV, device, or a new smart TV you will probably also get a 3 month offer.  Use them one after the other with no penalty, and decide if you want to continue paying for a subscription.

Hulu tip... on Black Friday they offer 12 months for $1/month and you can cancel anytime.  They have commercials, but they are mostly short ones.

Jan 31, 2024 02:09 PM