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JCGoodwin
Level 9

Re: email i received (Reply)

You're already paying, and will continue to pay for internet, no matter what, right?  So that can't be included in the cost of your streaming TV service(s).

This is the crucial point.

The combination of Internet + cable-replacement apps is cheaper than Internet + cable. The former is also a lot more convenient. 20220110_014455.jpg

I was using cable for lifestyle channels and Tennis Channel, the cost of which was over $1,000 for a full year -- along with the price I paid for Internet.

Now I use Philo and the Tennis Channel app, which cost around $360 combined, and offer much more convenience due to the on-demand options -- and the ability to choose from a variety of live events in the case of TC.

Jenif2323
Level 7

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services

I don't see fundamental difference between cable and Roku. Now I use Roku and I have enough of its abilities.

Best wishes, Jenifer, SEO specialist, 

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OwnerofDevices
Level 12

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services

It might depend on where someone lives and your ISP. I don't mind a contract with Verizon and a bundle to save money, that I had with Internet, phone, and TV. I like the remote that I had with Verizon versus using Roku's remote for changing channels on YouTube TV. I don't have YouTube TV, but I know someone that does. I was paying something like $99 a month plus taxes and fees for everything. I had gigabit internet too. My router was in the living room in a central location of my house, so I drilled a hole in the floor right above my utility closet in my basement and pushed a network cable through the hole to the utility closet wall I drilled at the base of the wall another hole in the wall and ran the cable to an 8-port switch behind the TV in the basement. 

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Iona-D
Level 14

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services

It depends mainly on how you looked at using your access to technology.  In a more hidden way, it all boils down to money-your own money from your hard work.  I think it is more of a careless attitude toward one's finances when the invoices/bills come due at the end of the cycle.  So please, practice some common sense restraint.  As I discussed further in my new post below, it is up to YOU the consumer as to where you drop your own hard earned money.  It does not appear out of thin air like those horrid commercials like you to believe.  It's from YOUR OWN bank account. 

Just don't blindly obey some request for accessing your precious financial pool of funds without fully understanding and wishing that is what YOU really want.  Or allowing some third party to "assist" you by making it more "convenient" (for them) to pay for these services by permitting them DIRECT access via your own credit/debit cards or PayPal.  Pay for them YOURSELF directly via those same credit/debit cards or PayPal.  The less those precious 16 digits are floating somewhere out there, the less problems real, potential. or otherwise are for you having to deal with unnecessarily.  Far easier on both you and your peace of mind.  And if a mistake does happens, it's easier to trace, clean up and put a stop on draining your funds far more quickly.

More information and food for thought right here:

Is Streaming Really Free? Or Am I Just Being Bamboozled?https://community.roku.com/t5/Community-Discussions/Is-Streaming-Really-Free-Or-Am-I-Just-Being-Bamb...

 

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CParker
Level 10

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services

It all depends on what's available in your area and what your cable provider charges. With Roku, I have a device at each TV that I paid for ONCE... not rented every month. Cable company wants to charge me for a box at every TV (we have 4). The streaming services don't charge per device. Although there may be a limit on how many streams you can be running simultaneously. Oh wait... I also have a Roku TV at the cottage. Cable would have wanted another, SEPARATE account for that location. I just turn on the TV and watch.
But, again... all of this depends on what's available where you are.

 

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JCGoodwin
Level 9

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services


@donalexinder24 wrote:

all I know is that it would be cheaper here if I went back to cable


That ultimately depends on what you want to watch. My current cable replacement is Philo for $20 per month, which I access via Verzion Fios for $40 -- which I would still subscribe to if I was paying for cable. Under no circumstances would it be cheaper for me to go back to a cable plan.

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OwnerofDevices
Level 12

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services

The only live tv streaming service that I would consider is DirectTV stream ULTIMATE edition. Because, the ultimate edition has live local sports teams. No, other live TV streaming service has local sports like NHL, NBA, and MLB. I don't watch the NBA, generally, but I watch a lot of Hockey and Baseball. 

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CParker
Level 10

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services

Check out FuboTV. I know it has our local NHL Hockey team in the basic package. We don't have a major league baseball team. But FuboTV seems a lot more sports oriented than many streaming services.

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Yep.... I'm retired. :D
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OwnerofDevices
Level 12

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services

I will take a look at FuboTV.

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Summit1
Level 8

Re: Cable Costs vs. Streaming services

While not much into sports on TV, I just began using a Roku Express 4K+ and like it so far. I subscribed to Discovery+ and Paramount+, but need something that carries Fox News and Fox Business with the ability to watch episodes more than a day or so old.

 

We were paying ~$185/month for cable TV and Internet; now paying ~$75/month for Internet (also Spectrum). Adding a few subscribed services will likely still be less expensive and just as functional as the Spectrum cable TV/DVR.

 

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