ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cutting the Cable TV Costs for Streaming

Updated on March 9, 2014

Millions of Americans pay on average between $60-140 a month for cable TV. Comcast is the gorilla and now set to acquire Time Warner cable. When this happens, Comcast will have a near monopoly stranglehold on cable TV. They can easily raise prices. The only way around it is satellite TV, which is only a little cheaper overall unless you refer customers to them to get a discounted monthly bill.

For a long time, I have been paying $80 a month for Xfinity TV service with 100 channels or so, and like most people, feel it is a total waste of money because I only actually watch not more than 10 channels on a regular basis and of those, only 2-4 on a daily basis. All of the other channels means there is too much choice and no time. Of course, Comcast refuses to allow a subscriber select specific channels to subscribe to because they only sell packages. I am sure the have the capability and the satellite TV companies are now offering subbers to only pay for the channels they want, instead of having a package of too many channels, many of them just trash or in foreign languages.

Recently, I returned to streaming using Roku 3. Just a few years ago, streaming was too unpredictable and choppy. The streaming today is nearly interrupt free and quality is good to very good. the Roku 3 costs $80-100, hooks up very easy and allows you to get over 100 streaming channels-websites using a remote, much like using your cable remote to select the channel. There are many free channels but the good ones charge nominally-Netflix, Hulu Plus. Together these two would cost not more than $15 a month and provide you with all the TV shows, movies you could want. Roku offers a few live, real time news channels also, but most are just a collection of videos from live news programs.

If you do not want to pay for movies or TV shows, current ones, just log into megashare.sh. They offer many of the same TV shows and movies for free. Now the only downside with cutting the TV cable cord is if you thrive on CNN or other 24\7 live news programs. You can only stream CNN live if you are a Comcast subscriber. While there are a few live news offered using Roku, like RT, it is not the same.

Roku 3 or their new Roku streaming stick ($50) basically allows you to select which websites to stream from in one place. You could, for instance, just log into Netflix, to select the show or movie without Roku, if that is the only site you go to, Roku just offers a lot more variety, which you may or may not need. The Roku stick simply is inserted into a USB port on the TV and does the identical thing the Roku 3 box does. Of course, the reason to buy Roku is so you can stream to your large LCD TV and not your small computer monitor. But, if you do not have a need to stream to the TV, there is no need for Roku.

So, streaming is really great via Netflix or Hulu Plus. The content is always available and all the seasons are available. But not the most current or new episode. But that quickly changes. Once the new show has aired on a network, it is available to stream within a few days. At worse, you wait a few days to see the most recent episode. Far cheaper than paying that costly $100 cable bill.

Comcast should get wise. They should charge a customer only for the channels they want, maybe $5 a channel. But, streaming is great and you will not miss cable TV much except for live news shows.


Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)