How We Cut Cable and Still Watch Our Favorite Shows

Recently I mentioned in a post that my family was able to cut out our cable bill, but we continue to watch our favorite shows and movies for under $10 a month.  I had quite a few comments and emails requesting more information on this, so I’ll let you all know how we do it.

First Step: With the new regulations for over the air broadcasting in place, many of us can get local channels absolutely free and in high definition.  If you have an older television, you will need to buy a Digital Converter Box and antenna.  If you have a newer television that has the digital tuner in place, then all you will need to get is an antenna.

We bought this Antennas Direct DB2 Multi Directional HDTV Antenna on Amazon for $36.98, and have been very happy with it. My husband installed it on the roof (should only be done by professionals, do not attempt), and we get 18 channels absolutely free! Of course, this is minus the cost of the antenna. We get ABC, FOX, QUBO, The CW, CBS, and that’s just naming a few.  It will vary by location.  The following links will show the channels available by location:

Reception Map from the FCC

List of Stations Broadcasting by Area

By completing the first step, the financial cost is anywhere from $30-$80 by getting a converter box and antenna (remember newer TVs don’t require the converter box).

Second Step: Assuming you have an internet connection (if you are viewing this site, I’m hopeful that you do), you will want to sign up with a subscription to Netflix.  Netflix can be streamed live to your TV with an internet connection, so that you can watch many things instantly.  For under $10 a month ($8.99/mo to be specific), you will also get 1 DVD out at a time.

Equipment needed to stream to your TV (any one of the following):

  • VGA, DVI, S-Video or HDMI cable, depending on what your computer and TV have.  This way you can run Netflix straight to your TV from your computer.
  • Playstation 3, XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii (Netflix will be released to the Wii in the Spring of 2010), or a Blu-Ray Player (look for a Blue-Ray player with the Netflix logo on the box).  All of these currently have (save the Wii, which happens this spring) a feature that allows you to view your Netflix Instant Queue, and stream movies and shows to your TV.
  • Certain internet ready HDTVs will also do this.

Netflix has thousands of shows and movies available to watch instantly.  You will never lack for something great to watch with a plan on Netflix.  Currently in our Instant Queue are some great titles like Wall-E, Monsters Inc., Bolt, LOST Seasons 1-5, The Princess Bride, From Here to Eternity, Blue’s Clues Seasons 1-2, Thomas and Friends Movies (several of them), Mythbusters Seasons 1-4, Survivorman, Man vs. Wild, Lord of the Rings Extended Edition, Farscape Seasons 1-3, Serendipity and so many more that I don’t even have time to list them all. And I’m just speaking about what we added to stream to TV.  This is what Netflix Instant Queue looks like on our TV run through our Blu-Ray player (click to enlarge):

Third Step: If you are still unable to find some of your favorite shows with steps one and two, it’s time to check out and your favorite show’s website.  I’ve spoken about Hulu before, and think it is a wonderful free resource.  LOST is viewable on Hulu the day after it airs on TV, as are many other shows.  Shows like House, Monk, 24, The Bachelor, Saturday Night Live, Legend of the Seeker, 30 Rock, The Office, Bones, Fringe and more (these are not shows that I necessarily watch or recommend; I merely mention them as examples).  Hulu doesn’t have everything, but they do have a good majority of shows.  Survivor is one show they do not have, but I can still watch the Survivor episodes on the CBS website if I decide to not watch it on TV with my free HD programming.

With having free over the air streaming of HD, Netflix and websites like Hulu, we are able to watch all of our favorite shows and only spend the monthly Netflix fee.   Cable used to cost us $50-$60 a month (for the small plan!) after all the fees.  So even after initially paying for an antenna, we are saving a significant amount of money and still watching our favorites.


There may end up being those one or two shows that you end up not being able to get.  You may have to wait for Netflix to have the seasons available, so you can’t watch your shows when they first air.   One of my husband’s favorite shows is Mythbusters, and we were sad to loose this when we cut cable.  But we decided one show was not worth $50-$60 a month.  Another drawback is that sometimes the channels don’t come in perfect all the time.  It is digital HD programming coming through an antenna, which storms and winds can interfere with. However, there are indoor antennas that can be purchased.

The Bright Side:

If our bill was exactly $50 a month, that’s $600 we would spend on cable for one year.  Can you imagine spending $600 just to watch one or two favorite shows?  We could buy all the seasons of Mythbusters for that price, and still have money left over! But fortunately, we found that Netflix has a few seasons of Mythbusters available for live streaming.  And when the new season is released, we can order that one!


This strategy may not work for everyone, but if you want to save some significant cash ($600 a year or more!!), this is how you can do it. Everyone just needs to decide what is important:  Having that extra $40-$50 a month for food and other necessities, or spending that on something you can essentially get for under $10 a month!

Tip: Netflix offers a 2 week free trial.  If you go to the Ebates website and order through their link, you will earn a $13 cash back rebate, essentially making your first month and a half of Netflix absolutely FREE!!

This strategy has worked for my family, but I would love to hear your thoughts!  What do you think about this plan, and are there any things that you do to significantly decrease your costs on TV and movie watching?

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  1. Budgets are the New Black January 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Awesome information! Thank you so much for spelling it all out for us!
    .-= Budgets are the New Black´s last blog ..Budget Busters: Mid-Month Assessment =-.

  2. TARA C January 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    This sounds great. I’d love to be able to do this however if I cancel my cable tv the cost of my internet goes up ALOT….. I’m not sure if there is a way around this as comcast was the cheapest internet available in our area.

    • Sarah H February 9, 2010 at 10:42 am - Reply

      My in-laws called and cancelled their internet through comcast and were then offered intenet for $44 for the YEAR!!! But, they didn’t need it since they just had it while we lived there… HTH it’s worth a try!,m

  3. Sandra January 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Great post! We’ve used Netflix before and really liked it too.

  4. Frugal Urbanite January 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    We are a Netflix household. We cut the cable when we moved into our house and haven’t looked back since. We even did a deal on Ebates for it when we signed up.

    The only thing we watched regularly was Mythbusters, House and the DIY channel and we had to pay for premium cable to get them. Now we just wait until the Mythbusters and House hits Netflix or Hulu and get our DIY fix on independent sites.

    Hubby also discovered he could watch more anime/cartoons for free than he ever could if he paid for them. Between, Netflix (streaming and disk), Hulu, and the Cartoon Planet site, he could watch cartoons pretty much non-stop for months if he so chose.
    .-= Frugal Urbanite´s last blog ..Buying Processed Crap Instead of Food Isn’t The Solution =-.

    • nikilou January 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      did you know that you can watch house on or fancast.

  5. Lynette (my3sonsmom) January 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    That is definitely something to think about. We tend to think of cable or satelite as a necessity, when it really is not. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Lynette (my3sonsmom)´s last blog ..GET 8 FREE SONGS ON ITUNES! & DON’T MISS OUT ON WINTER JAM CONCERT TOUR! =-.

  6. Jamie January 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all the great info!! How much do you spend on your monthly internet access? Our cable and internet are on the same bill and just wondering if you know of a way to reduce internet access fees.

    • Crystal Collins January 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      We pay $27 a month for our internet, and it is ATT Uverse internet (nice and fast so that I can run my website). We were able to negotiate a deal, especially when we said we were planning on switching internet service. 🙂

  7. Mary January 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    We’re already doing everything you said & we love it.
    To the poster that was concerned about her internet going up? Shop around. We currently use Bellsouth/ATT for our stand alone DSL. We have our “home phone” through T-Mobile. It costs only $10 a month. Granted we also have a family plan cell service w/ T-Mobile, but it’s cut back an extra $20-25 a month.

  8. Brionne Reynolds January 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Could you please tell me if Disney channel is avaliable this way? I live in Ohio so besides local channels this is the only channel my kids watch. I would love to switch if it is. And I have to tell you that your site is so awesome and you have been so helpful.

    • Beckie Shuck January 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      You can do for most disney shows. My husband bought some type of cable that hooks from his laptop to our TV. Our daughter is still able to watch her favorite shows. Not all day, everyday, but as a special treat.

    • Tanya April 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      We have not had cable for 4 years! My daughter who is 12 now, has not missed it one bit. A plus is that she actually reads more and enjoys it. We have been using Netflix for movie night and just recently started watching episodes of a weekly tv show we like on Netflix through the Wii. There are Disney shows that my daughter likes available through Netflix as well. I think you can go on their website and see what’s available without signing up.

      Thanks for this post! I’m sure it will be helpful to many people 🙂

  9. Michelle January 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    As long as you live close to a city it’s a great plan. We are in a zero reception area since the switch to digital. When it was analog we got 5 stations over the air (although the quality of one was poor) since the switch to digital we get nothing (the FCC map confirms we get nothing). So anyone out in the rural areas check out your reception before you cancel anything.
    We also have netflix and love it. That is our entertainment splurge

  10. Lea January 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    We have Dish Network with 4 tvs all with DVR access – the ability to pause live tv is a lifesaver for use with 3 children constantly needing some sort of attention – we could get rid of 2 of the tvs comfortably but couldn’t lose the DVR – Is there a way to DVR digital stream tv?

    • Michelle January 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      We have a media center computer hooked up to our tv screen. It’s great! We have hd over the air chanels that we get through our digital antenna; we can watch dvds through the computer (although we also have a dvd player), and all of our music is on the media center too. The Windows 7 and Vista softwares have the dvr functions built right in and it’s easy to watch tv online because all of our tv is through the computer. We even get most College football games (and other sporting events) through ESPN online since AT&T is our internet service provider.

      We couldn’t go without a dvr either, but the cost of the computer and antenna were paid for with just a few months of what it would cost to have a dish or cable and we never have to pay a monthly fee again! We don’t need any more tv than what we can get from over the air, online, and through our extended family’s dvd collection, so we don’t even use Netflix at the moment. Anyway, that was our solution to not wanting to give up the dvr.

  11. Alice January 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    We cancelled our cable about a year ago, and we honestly don’t really miss it. The only channel I really miss is Food Network, but I can still get the recipes online and watch some of my favorite shows online (like Good Eats). We just moved to a new apartment, and our antenna can only reach 2 channels now though, which is a bit of a bummer!

    We get 3 disks at a time through Netflix, though, so we almost always have a new disk to watch at home and don’t have to wait for the mail. We also love their instant play!

    There are also a ton of shows on You Tube, both old and new, it just takes a little bit more searching! I also know that some people get free dvds at the library.

    • Sharon @ UnfinishedMom January 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      We got rid of cable about a year ago also. The shows I really miss are the ones from Food Network – like “Good Eats”. How do you watch it online? Is it on Hulu?

      • Alice January 19, 2010 at 9:18 pm - Reply

        There are a ton of Good Eats episodes on You Tube. Not sure if some of the newer ones are on there though.

        • Megan January 20, 2010 at 9:42 am - Reply

          We love Good Eats too (and miss it as we don’t have cable either), but they do ultimately make the DVDs available (maybe you could get them through Netflix?) and the older episodes are on YouTube like Alice said. Good luck!

  12. Jane January 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Can anyone who has tried this tell me how many TVs you can hook up to the antenna mentioned?

  13. Catherine January 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    If anyone reading this has suggestions for indoor antennas, I’d be interested!

  14. Jo January 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    We skipped the antenna and Netflix and bought an Apple TV instead, which hooks directly to the TV. For less than Netflix, we get to watch Mythbusters, which is one of our favorite shows!, via iTunes. We can also rent movies (they have some 99 cent specials each week). We do hook the computer up to the TV and watch tons of shows on Hulu and other sites, too. But I LOVE my Apple TV.

  15. Kaci January 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    We cut the cable cord years ago and never regretted it. We can get 48 digital channels with our indoor antenna. It is an RCA flat panel (, it hangs on the wall behind the TV, and is barely noticeable.

  16. Rachel January 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I have a question – if you are watching something live-stream online or via can it be streamed directly to your TV or must you watch it on your computer? thanks!

    • Alice January 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      We hook up our laptops to the tv with a cable. We use the keyboard on the computer to pause and play.

  17. Kelly January 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Yall just made my head spin with the streaming and apples and hulus! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! 🙂 I doubt my technology challenged family could figure all that out. We spend about $60 a month for phone/cable/internet and a dvr, so I think that’s pretty good…BUT $10 is better!! Something to think about Crystal, thanks!

  18. cc January 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    give more feedback on apple tv and cost.
    is apple tv also internet?
    how many computers/tv can be used for apple tv

    note: someone post a low internet provider!

  19. Shawn January 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Way to go! We got rid of our cable 9 years ago and our tv 4 years ago. We just watch our dvds on the computer and now watch a couple shows on HULU or Last year I talked about getting another tv and my daughters said NO! it will ruin things, we don’t need one. I thought that in it’s self was amazing considering my daughters were 16 and 17 years old at the time.

  20. Lauren January 19, 2010 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    This is exactly what we do. We talked about getting the 20-channel cable package that is like $12 a month because it would have decreased our internet cost by $10/mo. BUT then we found out that sneaky ol’ Comcast would somehow block our HD signal and charge another $5/mo for HD. I still don’t understand how they can block HD on an HDTV, but they can. So, we just get the 20 or whatever channels for free.
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Haiti =-.

  21. Kim January 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    We got rid of our cable a few months ago. We have a digital converter box and an indoor antenna. We don’t live in the city, so we only get a few channels. We don’t get ABC or NBC, but we get FOX and CBS. We watch our NBC shows online a day later. I love not having a cable bill. Getting rid of the cable has also encouraged us to read and spend more time communicating as a family.

    I was able to get a great deal on my DSL a few years ago. AT&T had a term deal where you get get DSL for $10 a month. I’m still paying that same price (I also have home phone service through them. I won’t give that up b/c I need it for our alarm system. I know I could save even more money by giving up the alarm system, but it makes me feel safer when DH is out of town.)

    • Bonnie January 29, 2011 at 11:26 am - Reply

      I am not sure about USA….but in Canada, we no longer have to have a home phone/land line to have a security system…they have the technology now to route calls through cell phones! Saved me another $21 a month when I cancled my home phone!

  22. Jessica January 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    That is exactly what we do. I am willing to miss a show once in a while if it means I get to do things I enjoy(like going out to eat 1-2 extra times a month with that money).

  23. Kristi January 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    We do not get any channels anymore even with our antenna and the converter box and we really don’t miss it. Our library has an awesome selection of movies that you can rent for free for one week. They even get new releases that we request through their website and then get a phone call when they are ready for us to pick up. HULU is awesome and we watch it regularly. A lot more books get read, and the kids use their imagination a lot more when watching TV is no longer an option.
    .-= Kristi´s last blog ..Where DID YOU GO? =-.

  24. Jenna A. January 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    When my husband and I got married (nearly 7 years ago!) we decided not to pay for cable. Being young and without much of an income, it was an easy decision for us at that time. Now that there is Digital Television. WOW!! It’s been awesome! Overnight the picture went from fuzzy to clear 🙂
    And for our children, there are no cable cartoon programs that are loaded with advertisments with all the latest and greatest. I love PBS.
    (And PBS is a great option for History/Discovery Channel watchers!)

  25. Selene January 20, 2010 at 6:59 am - Reply

    I never had cable. My ex-bf is a handyman so he installed antenna for me when I first bought my house. I don’t watch that much TV so I never really missed the cable TV shows. I have an HDTV that was really not being fully utilized with the old analog signals. When they changed to HD signals, it just worked instantly without any extra cost. I don’t have any expensive HDMI cable or anything like that, just the old red/white/yellow cables, but the quality is good enough for me! So my TV service is absolutely free.

  26. Candi January 20, 2010 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Great info! We just lowered our cable bill from $70 month to $25. We don’t get the channels we used to, but my hubs is pretty computer savvy and is going to build us a HTPC. Where we’ll be able to stream HULU and others from the internet to our TV. How cool is that?!
    .-= Candi´s last blog ..RECIPE: Mojito Chicken by Guy Fieri =-.

  27. MelRae January 20, 2010 at 10:32 am - Reply

    That sounds great! But, does Fox News stream live in this scenario? I kinda doubt it. My tv stays on Fox News all the time. I am too interested in politics and world events to give it up.

    • Repub June 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Not fair or balanced – you won’t miss it.

  28. Jackie January 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    We got rid of cable as well about a year ago. I miss it mostly when I go to my mom’s house and see all my old favorites like Food Network and Cable News….. Overall my family is communicating better and with HDTV Antenna and Netflix we watch everything we love. We might get cable again one day.. but for now… I’m happy not paying the cable bill =)

  29. Lessie Purpera January 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    We did this (somewhat) the same thing this past June…With the exception of Netflix. Cuz we aren’t movie people, we are more TV people….so we joined graboid ( and for $4.99 a month, you can download your tv shows (or stream them) the day after they have aired. Also, you have access to download or stream movies….for those times that I am so inclined to watch a movie. Like Blindside….that was one that I didn’t want to miss…and I am glad I didn’t!

  30. Beckie Shuck January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    We haven’t had TV for almost a year now. We do the laptop cable to the TV things for and, but mostly watch movies. I usually borrow all of our movies from library. I sometimes have to wait a while for new reealses, but it’s free, so I don’t care.

  31. Cut The Cable TV January 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    My cable bill use to be $160/month for internet and HDTV channels. Comcast finally pushed me over the edge with another nickel and dime increase in their fees. When over-the-air TV went digital last year I made the move and installed an outside antenna and feed it into the existing home tv cable system. I receive 25 HDTV channels now for free. Subscribed to Netlfix $9/month and switched to Verizon DSL $24.95/month. Use hulu to catch up with shows I miss watching. I’m very happy with the changes.

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  34. Kel February 10, 2010 at 1:59 am - Reply

    we do not have a laptop, but we do have PS3 and Wii…can we watch internet tv (like hulu, netflix,graboid)? What would I need to buy? My kiddies watch TV, like SPROUT and NickJR…is ther anything like this avalable for them? Would you have to move laptop from room to room to watch at different TV…and could you watch different things on different TVs at same time? Thanks for info~

  35. Kel February 10, 2010 at 2:01 am - Reply

    ALSO: we have regular PC …EMACHINES

  36. Cut The Cable TV February 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    TASHA….you are on the right track with cellphones now who needs a landline. Beware though wireless internet plan from cell compnay may not be fast enough for Netflix and Hulu watching.

    Kel with a PS3 you can receive netflix and access hulu/internet, you will need to request CD disk from netflix website. Sony will provide firmware update later this year for free so netflix will be on the ps3 menu. For the other rooms you would be best to use Roku box to watch netflix etc.

    Best investment is TV antenna feeding all your tvs. Free HDTV is great.

  37. Debra March 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    I too, did this a couple of years ago, and don’t miss subscription TV it all. I preach the benefits of living cable/satellite-free to just about anyone who will listen. Just about everyone agrees that it is a great thing to do, but almost all of them say something similar to this, “That sounds fantastic, but I would miss XX show.” This is very troubling to me, because the real truth is that TV shows go off of the air all the time. When that happens people simply find something else to fill the void. I point out that they are paying $80 a month to watch a handful of programs that aren’t available on over the air TV. So, I usually tell people who present this comment to think of it as the show was canceled, and they have to look for something else. Please note that I like watching TV, so I don’t tell people to get up and take a walk or go to the library. That is not being pragmatic. I just try to provide options to enjoy a television experience for less money.

  38. Frederic March 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    I have the Roku player for netfilx and are able not only watch the queue on my t v but also have access to amazon on demand which is pretty cool already have downloaded most of my t v shows to my computer but have access to my video library so I can watch them on my Roku you can get access to one by cliking on the link from netfilx or going to there website at other great bonus to the Roku is you get other great channels has well. Like Pandora internet radio or and Revision internet television. Which have great shows on it, I have cut my cable bill down to $15 a month and thats with tax by getting netfilx and two dvds out at a time. With my converter box and the fact that the day after any shows airs on t v even ones on cable I have it available to purchase digital on amazon.

  39. Jenn April 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Anyone figured out how to do this and still get SPORTS! My hubby and I have discussed the cost of cable, but it’s the SPORTS (!) that we/he can’t let go of!

  40. Mike April 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Jenn, it depends on what sports he likes to watch. If it is available on the major TV networks then just put an antenna up. I watch golf, nascar, some football and baseball in HD 1080i for free with just a TV antenna.

    If he likes MLB then he can use a a ROKU box to access pay per view MLB games. Check and see if the games are available on a pay per view basis it may still save you a bundle.

    I just have DSL $24.95/month and Netflix $9/month.


  41. Will King February 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Just a suggestion for the MythBusters problem, be sure to check out iTunes. Yes, you have to pay ~$30 for a season of MythBusters, but average that out over the 12 months of the year and you end up playing less than 3 dollars/month! Lots of other shows are available on iTunes as well, and they are released episode by episode, not season by season, so you don’t have to wait for the season to finish to get your fill of MythBusters! (or many other shows, for that matter)

  42. Lisa March 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this! We are about to do same and donate at least half of difference to NPR, inspired by our friends at

  43. Sarah March 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    We haven’t had television for years. My kids have no interest in fad toys and foods thanks to lack of commercials. Its awesome.

  44. Christine March 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this idea, but my husband absolutely will NOT go for it. Why? No ESPN or Fox Sports. Since he loves watching sporting events at home there is no other option other than cable. And what really stinks is SO many sporting events that used to be on ABC, FOX, etc. are now only on cable. So if you’re a sports nut you’re basically out of luck! 🙁

    Me on the other hand, I could give up cable in a heartbeat. I hardly watch any tv at all. I would do just fine with an antenna.

    • Crystal March 28, 2011 at 11:20 am - Reply

      ESPN is available to watch online, and if you have an XBOX live subscription, they play all of the football games.

  45. Melissa March 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I wish this could work in our household but my sports obsessed husband would rather eat rice & beans for the rest of his life then cut back the cable.

  46. Krys March 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    We haven’t had cable for about 3 years. We catch up on our favorite shows online and with Netflix. Less commercials is definitely a plus!

  47. jenny March 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    yep, thinking about making this step when we move this summer.

  48. Cutthecable March 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Yip I did the same cut the cable and now provide a tax deductible donation to my local WGBY PBS station. The offer so much more and do it all on a shoe string budget.


  49. Mandy March 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I can’t seem to find the article. Really interested in this one!

  50. Layna March 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Yes!! I haven’t had cable for about 2+ years and just this past month bought an HDMI cable and am trying out Netflix (wish I would’ve known about the ebates incentive though). I’m loving not paying big bucks to the cable co for 1 or 2 shows. Now if I could get internet under the $36/month I’m paying now.

  51. Camille March 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    NOPE! We got rid of cable about 2 years ago. We just use an HDTV antenna and netflix streaming for movies.

  52. Jennifer March 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Just got rid of cable last week! And switched phone too. The savings are amazing. It took a year of higher and higher bills, research, and crummy service for my hubby and I to kick be angry enough to kick it. The sports were the problem, but with the help of hulu and ESPN3, we’re doing it!

  53. Patty March 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    We’re just about to get rid of cable tv and phone. Probably this week. Trying to figure out how to hook up laptop to big screen TV. Gonna love saving money! We are big Mythbuster fans as well. Will definitely miss that weekly show 🙁

    • Nikki July 4, 2011 at 12:05 am - Reply

      we LOVE the history channal most of there stuff is on Netflix, sidereel, and in the general tv area of Boxee (this is were we find the most resent episodes). Right now we are just experimenting with a boxee to see if i can get my hunny to live without cable… so far its easy navigation and selection has had him picking it over the cable box.

      Note: the update causes freak “red screens” that make it so you need to just unplug the router and the boxee and then replug them in and its fixed! Other than that we are having no problems

      Note 2: netflix has lots that wont come up on the search because its avalible on DVD or Blueray only so we got an unlimited streaming with 2 dvds out at a time for $15 a month. Just search history channel and you will see what i mean.

  54. Shawna March 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    i use netflix.. 7.99/month for the basic package.. i have a wifi dvd player ($100 at walmart) or can use your wii/xbox 360.. if you buy the dvd player, it has built in hulu app and youtube.. works just like the computer but so functional in other aspects!

  55. Jessica June 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    That is awesome we did the same thing a couple of years ago and Netfilx did not have anywhere near the shows they do now!! Unfortunately we are stuck in a contract and would have to pay fees to get out of. My husband also got one of those antennas and put it in our attic so we never had problem when a storm came through!!

  56. Dawn June 18, 2011 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Does anyone know if ESPN3 offers the NASCAR races once they are no longer available on regular network tv? (Apparently, once football season starts the networks stop airing the races and they only air on cable.) That is the only thing keeping hubby from severing all ties with the cable company.

  57. Nikki July 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    We have bought a boxee and have add it now for a couple of days loving it besides the few glitches in the new update. The only thing i think this blog is missing is how to get the best connection using old analog tv’s along with how to use the content on your phone and get it on to the TV. My iphone 4 HATES my analog tv iv tried and tried cords but none seem to work and $39 for a cord is just not right. Also do you have more ideas of places and ways to get content when internet would be knocked out??? In wyoming we have about 5-30 days a year without an internet connection because of the snow and wind or its so slow it takes an hour to load just plain text.

  58. Neill@TV without cable September 27, 2011 at 12:06 am - Reply

    I pulled the plug on cable and made an antenna from a youtube video. It works like a charm. Go to youtube and type in coathanger tv antenna. It should be the first one that pops up. The author is babblin5.

  59. amanda March 10, 2012 at 2:16 am - Reply

    I am in the same boat as the other sports households. If i could get Nascar on TNT and ESPN and monday night football any other way than cable, I would do it! I think ESPN is “in bed” with the cable companies. Otherwise everyone would be ditching cable. I guess I will have to tell my husband to go donate some blood to pay the cable bill if he wants to keep it. He is O negative.

  60. EmFox March 20, 2012 at 12:34 am - Reply

    We cancelled our Dish last October (due to extremely poor customer service) and haven’t looked back! We have Netflix (a little over 8 dollars a month), an antenna (just a little black box that hooks to our TV, cost $20 and provides us 19 channels) and our computer attached to the TV. We get to watch all of our shows a week or so after they air thru that. We save about $800 a year thanks to this. I wonder if Dish misses our $900??

  61. Cristina May 22, 2012 at 7:38 am - Reply

    We are considering cutting cable and did some math last night. We already have Blockbuster’s mail service because we watch a lot of movies. Unfortunately our devices aren’t compatible with their streaming. We can have both blockbuster (their movie selection and plan is better than netflix for movies in the mail) AND Netflix for the kids shows, and STILL save a lot of money every month compared to cable. The only thing we will miss is the sports. Anyone have an idea of how to stream NBA games on PS3?

  62. Holley May 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    OR you can get a Roku online or at an electronics store like Best Buy (maybe even Target) for $50-$65 and call it a day! You can get Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and a ton of other “channels” loaded on to your Roku with NO subscription cost, you just pay once for the little box and remote, and then just pay your wifi bill and BOOM, you’re done. No need to spend a few hundred bucks on a video game system that you may or may not even want. 🙂 I watch ALL my favorite shows, plus listen to streaming music and do daily work-outs and yoga with my Roku!

    • sue nash September 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      How can that be that you don’t pay for netflix?

  63. Shannon June 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Are you still doing this? How is it going? We are considering it but the ability to watch sports is holding us back. Any suggestions to overcome this dilemma?

    • Crystal Collins June 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Have you tried watching them online? I still stick to local channels and the Hulu/Netflix/Amazon route. Works well for us.

    • Cate June 25, 2013 at 12:33 am - Reply

      Hi Shannon! ROKU 3 is the item for you…(You need an HDTV for Roku 3) There are plenty of other “channels” that come with the device as well as others you can add online that assist with the sports dilemma we are sports fanatics also but are saving over a 1000 bucks a year after getting rid of DVR’s, and all the other junk that comes with a “money saving” bundle.

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  67. Pegasus February 17, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Something else to consider is that a LOT of shows are available for streaming on the computer. Something else to consider is several of the sports events will off a season pass to be used on various devices, computer, gaming system, etc.

  68. Cheryl S November 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    We are going to cut cable the first of the year. My only concern is that my mother (lives in my home) will regret the decision after it actually happens. I don’t mind watching shows a few days late or seasons behind on Netflix but we are also rural and if the antenna doesn’t work well for local channels and news then my poor mom will be lost. She is not tech savvy and isn’t going to watch things on her laptop.

    I have a Samsung Smart TV that I already steam Netflix on and will add Hulu Plus to give it a try. I’m hoping an indoor antenna will work for us.

  69. Leslie November 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    We already have Apple TV, a subscription to Netflix, and Amazon prime video. We are more than ready to cut out our Direct TV. We really need to stop paying the $98 per month!!
    But… We’ve kelt it for one channel, Sprout. It’s I called for to pay that much for one channel, but we have a 3 yr old that watches Sprout & PBS only. (As I don’t want her watching other stations geared for kids older than her.)
    I could see us giving up some shows (& some can be streamed), but our favorite by a long shot is “Stella and Sam”.

    *** Anyone know how we could receive this show w/out satellite in the US?

  70. Laura December 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Leslie, I have kids myself and we watch PBS all the time. We get it free over the airwaves but also have the streaming PBS Channel and PBSKids Channels through our ROKU. A Roku is a device we use through the television instead of a computer, Wii or other game player. It allows us to subscribe to various streaming channels very easily including Netflix Hulu etc. There are several other devises that work similiarly and cost about $50-100 one time. Tons of channels are free and both the PBS and PBSKids Channel are completely free. You not only watch an episode but hundreds of episodes are available. My daughter can watch CyperChase all day if I let her. (also the PBSKids website is awesome with tons of free well done kids games) I did not see anyway to watch Stella and Sam even through the direct Sprout website. The kids can operate Roku remotes easily and they even have a iPhone remote app which we use. Never look for the remote again! buy the Stella and Sam DVD’s (Amazon:maybe for Christmas or birthday) and hopefully you will be able to cut the cable cord. Have a great day!

  71. Sharie September 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Okay. I am so confused and lost so please bare with me. I am old school and do not know anything about anything on techy stuff. I just upgraded from an E machine to a lap top AND I just bought a hd flat screen smart tv (from a box tv) I currently have Comcast for internet and cable. I pay $85.00 for Blast bundle services (Both internet and cable) and $5.98 for 2 additional adapters and $10.00 to rent the modem, etc.

    What can I do to get cheaper cable/internet service in Minnesota? All I need to do is have the internet to stream line to my computer? But it is cheaper for me to combine the cable and internet as a package versus cutting the cable…. and Comcast is the only option in MN. Please guide me as to what is the cheapest way for me to go….I need to save money.

    • Crystal Collins September 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Most internet providers are now doing it this way – they make it cheaper for you to have basic TV and internet vs. just internet. 🙁

    • Jaye June 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      I bought my own modem/router and that knocked out $15 a month!

  72. Nicholas Taylor July 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

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  73. CC December 5, 2016 at 5:04 am - Reply

    My mom lives in a senior apartment complex and loves her channels QVC, HSN and the food channel, she is on a fixed income and cable bill keeps going up. Can she get something like Netflix and still get to watch those channels?

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