TUG MEMBERS: Joining TUG does not automatically register you as a user of the TUG Bulletin Board. You must register yourself.


*ads are disabled when logged in as a member*
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 25 years!

    Join tens of thousands of other owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered!
    Dismiss Notice
  3. TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $12,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $12Million dollars
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free! Join tens of thousands of other owners who get this every week! Latest resort reviews and the most important topics discussed by owners during the week!
    Dismiss Notice
  5. TUG is trying out a new program that will trade you a TUG membership for a Timeshare resort review if you are an expired member, or even just a guest here on the forums!

    Read more here
    Dismiss Notice
  6. Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    Read more Here
    Dismiss Notice
  7. Follow the TUG Member Banner as it travels the world on vacation with Timeshare owners! Also sign up to get the banner sent to you so you can submit a photo of your vacation with the banner to share with TUG! Banner Thread
    Dismiss Notice
  8. TUG has now joined Priceline.com as an affiliate!

    Members and guests who book air travel, rental cars and even Cruise Vacations thru TUG's priceline links will now support TUG in the process!

    Read more here
  9. A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!
    Dismiss Notice

Cut the cord and save money (if you do it right)

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by MULTIZ321, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. MULTIZ321

    MULTIZ321 TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2005
    Messages:
    16,799
    Likes Received:
    2,318
    Trophy Points:
    598
    Location:
    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
    Resorts Owned:
    BLUEWATER BY SPINNAKER HHI
    ROYAL HOLIDAY CLUB RHC (POINTS)
  2. jehb2

    jehb2 TUG Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Messages:
    1,527
    Likes Received:
    341
    Trophy Points:
    293
    Location:
    texas
    We cut the cord a number of years ago. What I love is we switch programming services to suite our fancy and still save a bundle. I remember when I thought Tablo and Sling were the best thing since slice bread. Now I’m totally in love in YouTube TV. (Of course there’s always Amazon Prime since I get the free shipping).
     
    Grammarhero likes this.
  3. Bucky

    Bucky TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2005
    Messages:
    1,490
    Likes Received:
    342
    Trophy Points:
    293
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott Oceanwatch (2)
    Sheraton Broadway Plantation
    It’s a great alternative for many, just not everybody. We tried it and decided to go back to DISH eventually. Costs us $20 more than cutting the cable did but far less hassle when things do go wrong. Now if something does go wrong, which it hasn’t, we pick up the phone and call DISH. when we were cordcutters and something went wrong, which it did, we kept getting the buck passed when we called for help. Was it Slings fault or Roku or Tablo, etc, etc. Actually never did find a DVR from a provider that we were totally happy with. Sling came the closest. Like I said, great but just not for everyone.
     
    Grammarhero likes this.
  4. dioxide45

    dioxide45 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2006
    Messages:
    27,456
    Likes Received:
    2,443
    Trophy Points:
    699
    Location:
    NE Florida
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott's Grande Vista
    Marriott's Harbour Lake
    SVV - Bella
    SVV - Key West
    We have cut the cord. Though still not technically because DirecTV no longer prorates the final bill and we are paid through July 5th. So we have to pay a full months bill even though I dug the dish out of the ground yesterday. Receivers are all disconnected and sitting in a box waiting for their recovery kit to arrive. We are thinking that we will just start using an indoor HD OTA antenna. Have looked at Sling and YouTube TV, but all of those are still expensive for far fewer channels. YouTube TV is $50 a month and at least you get local channels and their DVR feature seems pretty good, but it is still $50 a month. We were paying $110 for DirecTV. Add Amazon Prime and Netflix to that $50 and we aren't very far off what we were already paying.

    If we are able to pick up a fair share of network broadcast channels OTA, then we may look in to getting a TIVO DVR. With that we can stream Prime and/or Netflix and still be able to DVR the network stuff. I told my wife that after a while she wouldn't even know or remember what is missing that she used to or could watch on the cable channels because of all the new original content from the streaming guys. She seems okay with it and a TIVO would still give us the flexibility to watch when we want to watch and would pay for itself within a few months over DirecTV. Now of course we need to see what we can pick up OTA.
     
    Grammarhero likes this.
  5. SmithOp

    SmithOp TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,096
    Likes Received:
    871
    Trophy Points:
    299
    Location:
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Resorts Owned:
    HGVC King's Land 2BR Premier 14.4K Points.
    You might want to put your address in and do a site survey at antenna web to get an idea of what is possible.

    https://antennaweb.org/

    We are still attached until YouTube TV app comes to Fire Stick, then I’ll try the free trial.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
     
    Grammarhero likes this.
  6. bbodb1

    bbodb1 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2016
    Messages:
    1,663
    Likes Received:
    1,244
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    High radiation belt of the Northern Hemisphere
    Resorts Owned:
    RCI Weeks: LaCosta Beach Club, RCI Points: Oakmont Resort, Vacation Village at Parkway. Wyndham: CWA and La Belle Maison, and WorldMark.
    I know we had a similar thread on this matter a few months ago, but with the constant change of options available these days a revisit is never a bad idea. Wait a few minutes and a new option appears (or so it seems)....

    Something I have noticed though is how my TV viewing habits have changed. I either no longer have the patience or willingness required to make the most out of cord cutting. As I sift through the mounds of options available these days, I guess I am getting increasingly pickier as time goes by because I can find very little worth watching these days. I know that is a very general statement - and I definitely cannot make the claim to have watched everything available on the various streaming services we currently use - but I find it a bit sad how TV represents another area where we now have fewer things that bring us together and have a shared experience.

    Not that I am trying to make the discussion of TV shows a measure of social interaction, but I can recall many a conversation starting around the work water cooler over Who shot J.R. or how M*A*S*H ended (just to cite a couple of quick examples). Yes, I am kind of rambling this morning but I guess I am trying to say that even in something as seemingly unimportant as TV viewing, I see another example of how our society is losing cohesion.
     
    Grammarhero likes this.
  7. buzglyd

    buzglyd TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,938
    Likes Received:
    482
    Trophy Points:
    194
    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Resorts Owned:
    HGVC Lagoon Tower
    HGVC Carlsbad Seapointe
    Gaslamp Plaza Suites
    Carlsbad Inn
    SVV Bella
    I will eventually try he services out. PlayStation Vue seems most appealing to me because I’m a sports junkie. I get all the San Diego stations perfectly OTA with cheap Amazon antennas.

    Retraining the mother in law to use a new service will be the hardest part.
     
    Grammarhero likes this.
  8. Luanne

    Luanne TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2005
    Messages:
    11,367
    Likes Received:
    1,999
    Trophy Points:
    498
    Location:
    New Mexico
    We haven't cut any cord. Still have a landline since cell service in our house is VERY unreliable. Haven't cut satellite service as our internet is too slow for streaming.
     
  9. turkel

    turkel TUG Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2006
    Messages:
    931
    Likes Received:
    230
    Trophy Points:
    254
    Location:
    California
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott Shadow Ridge
    Marriott Grand Chateau
    We cut the cord. I was already paying for Netflix and Amazon prime, so we save $100 a month from our former dish service and we didn't activate any cable at the apartment. Amazon offers free Firefox which although us to access YouTube free. Also cut the landline.

    No regrets.
     
    Grammarhero likes this.
  10. klpca

    klpca TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2006
    Messages:
    4,763
    Likes Received:
    1,932
    Trophy Points:
    399
    Location:
    CA
    Resorts Owned:
    SDO, Quarter House, Seapointe, Coronado Beach, HGVC Bay Club
    We cut then returned - for a discount - but are cutting again. The only thing that we will remotely miss is sports. Does anyone have a good strategy to see MLB, NFL, and NCAA sports? We have Amazon prime and Netflix. I remember that Sling was suggested a few years ago but I only seem to remember that NCAA basketball was available through them. Any advice for some kind of a sports network/package?
     
    Grammarhero likes this.
  11. bbodb1

    bbodb1 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2016
    Messages:
    1,663
    Likes Received:
    1,244
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    High radiation belt of the Northern Hemisphere
    Resorts Owned:
    RCI Weeks: LaCosta Beach Club, RCI Points: Oakmont Resort, Vacation Village at Parkway. Wyndham: CWA and La Belle Maison, and WorldMark.
    Although it has been coming for a couple of months (apparently), a Sling price increase hit my bill this month.
    Time to drop Sling. I can't say I am a fan of their advertising since they advertise at $25 per month yet to make the service useful you'l likely pay something closer to $40 per month (after DVR and taxes).
     
  12. buzglyd

    buzglyd TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,938
    Likes Received:
    482
    Trophy Points:
    194
    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Resorts Owned:
    HGVC Lagoon Tower
    HGVC Carlsbad Seapointe
    Gaslamp Plaza Suites
    Carlsbad Inn
    SVV Bella
    PlayStation Vue has all the sports channels. It is the one I would choose currently.
     
    Grammarhero and klpca like this.
  13. Steve Fatula

    Steve Fatula TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2017
    Messages:
    1,876
    Likes Received:
    1,181
    Trophy Points:
    224
    Location:
    Calera, OK
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott Desert Springs Villas II 2BR
    Playa Andaluza Silver Seafront 2BR
    Destinations Points
    Cut quite some time ago and will never pay for cable, satellite, etc again. But services like PS Vue are not really cutting the cord to me, they are still expensive. I guess that all depends on what you were paying before of course. Ymmv.

    The only sports I miss is NCAAF. But that is easy, I'll uncut one month a year, bowl season, since Sling can be had and cancelled quite easily and without penalty. Even if Sling has bad quality, irrelevant as I'll use the ESPN app which I have always had beautiful results with even on 120" screen. Anything else I care to watch is either on network TV, or, at a local restaurant on a big screen. I do watch less sports now, and I live!
     
    klpca likes this.
  14. VacationForever

    VacationForever Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2010
    Messages:
    9,313
    Likes Received:
    3,203
    Trophy Points:
    398
    Location:
    Somewhere Out There
    We had been talking about cutting the cord, i.e. cable, as the price kept going up. Two days ago, we were newbies who knew nothing about streaming services and thought we had to buy dedicated laptops to hook up to the TVs, and then thought we should buy newer TVs to replace our 5-year old Samsung Smart TVs and finally realized that we have a cheaper and better solution - Roku boxes. Now we have FuboTV with Sports Plus add-on and a separate subscription for ESPN+ through Roku. We save $80 per month as we were paying $150 per month just for cable on 2 TVs and now it costs us about $70 per month. We pay another $60 per month for internet. Goodbye to cable!
     
    mpumilia likes this.
  15. vacationhopeful

    vacationhopeful TUG Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2007
    Messages:
    12,688
    Likes Received:
    1,578
    Trophy Points:
    498
    Location:
    Northeast USA
    My avartar home is in the woods. I now have 2 digital TV antenna for the LR and MBR TVs.

    So, I get a (singular) TV show Channel. Yes, one TV entertainment Channel. I also get a weather channel and a Spanish channel. Oh .. .the one TV entertainment is not ABC, CBS or NBC ...or Public Broadcasting. It is just old TV shows. The local Weather Channel is played about equally on my TVs in the woods.

    Fortunately, I own a bunch of DVDs. But, just one DVD Player.

    My regular home has Comcast cable and internet. Yes, more channels .. but a BIG monthly bill.
     
  16. MrockStar

    MrockStar Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2014
    Messages:
    112
    Likes Received:
    68
    Trophy Points:
    138
    Location:
    Detroit MI
    I have been actively avoiding adding any cable/internet/wifi/landline at our lake cottage. So far only watch DVD's and dont laugh, VHS movies at night somtimes or when it rains. We have so many other activities, family/friends vitingting that we dont miss U-verse cable at all. We dont even have an antenna so so far so good.
     
    Ralph Sir Edward likes this.
  17. vacationhopeful

    vacationhopeful TUG Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2007
    Messages:
    12,688
    Likes Received:
    1,578
    Trophy Points:
    498
    Location:
    Northeast USA
    Get a digital antenna ... Walmart sells one that is a bit more than 2' tall and looks like a big figure-8. Have your digital TV do a channel scan.

    My avarta TV gets digital channels 69.1, 69.2 and 69.3 ... plus some other channel numbers in different languages or strange shows.
     
  18. CPNY

    CPNY TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2019
    Messages:
    1,145
    Likes Received:
    288
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Resorts Owned:
    Harborside Resort at Atlantis
    SVV - Key West
    SVV - Bella
    I went with just internet and YouTube tv. I also have the watchATT TV app free with my wireless plan. Cable and internet went from 200 to 100 a month with streaming. I actually watch more channels even though I technically have less.
     
  19. dioxide45

    dioxide45 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2006
    Messages:
    27,456
    Likes Received:
    2,443
    Trophy Points:
    699
    Location:
    NE Florida
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott's Grande Vista
    Marriott's Harbour Lake
    SVV - Bella
    SVV - Key West
    After our move, we now only have Amazon Prime and watch YouTube a lot. I hardly ever turn the TV on. Unpacking is consuming so much of our time, once we are settled in I may get an indoor antenna to see what kind of stations we can pull. I think our main problem will be that we are on the southeast side of the building and all of the local stations are to the northwest. So that may impact the kind of signal we can get.
     
    mpumilia likes this.
  20. VacationForever

    VacationForever Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2010
    Messages:
    9,313
    Likes Received:
    3,203
    Trophy Points:
    398
    Location:
    Somewhere Out There
    Roku comes with lots of free live TV channels and movies. If it were only for me, I would not subscribe to anything. My husband watches alot of TV, so the FuboTV plus ESPN+ are really for him. We already have Amazon Prime and Acorn and we both like Acorn.
     
    mpumilia likes this.
  21. mpumilia

    mpumilia TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    7,978
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Trophy Points:
    399
    Location:
    Pine Bush, New York
    Resorts Owned:
    Smugglers Notch Resort
    Innseason Pollard Brook
    My husband and I were just discussing this regarding for when we move to the rental. The owners of the house had a big tv on a staircase wall that we in no way could get to and we right now have a small tv that would be on a stand close to our sitting area so we could see. So I would think the cable company would have to run more wires to the tv. So why not just use internet? Been trying to get him to do this for years.

    I told him we should just get internet and see how it goes. I could care less about TV, but he always has it on when he is home. Plus I would think it could save money, though I know they have those bundle packages. I also told him to forget a landline phone for there- we will just use our cells- hopefully they have cell service there.

    As with you, we will be busy getting settled (though we will really never be settled until our new house gets built. In fact, a lot of things will stay in boxes.) and hubby will still be working so the simpler things are the better.

    Good luck in your new place! I know what an ordeal moving can be! I am in the throws of it all right now and I want to wake up and have it be all over with.
     
  22. Ralph Sir Edward

    Ralph Sir Edward TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2013
    Messages:
    506
    Likes Received:
    260
    Trophy Points:
    173
    Location:
    Plano, Texas
    I got out of the TV habit in the 1980's. I Started building a DVD library when they first came out (1998). I have been building ever since. I now have over 2000 DVDs. I found that watching without commercials put an entirely different slant on TV shows. (Plus better picture quality on old shows.)

    Given the cost of cable (and its equivalents) over the years, it didn't cost more than cable to build the DVD library. Plus I have the ultimate in flexibility.
     
  23. Cornell

    Cornell TUG Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2016
    Messages:
    226
    Likes Received:
    282
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Location:
    Chicago
    HI Mary Ann, A couple of thoughts on this as I had cable / cut the cord / went back to cable.

    The small TV you refer to must have an HDMI input for a Roku , Firestick, etc. Just make sure of that before you go that route.

    However, if TV is really important to your husband and offers some sort of familiarity / comfort during this time, my suggestion would be during this period where you are in the rental is to continue w/the familiarity of cable. You seem really overwhelmed. Why introduce new technology and challenges to the mix just to save maybe $20-$30 a month ? If your husband likes watching "live TV" vs watching pre-recorded content on TV such as Netflix series or movies, I think he will be frustrated. It's a whole different looks, feel , navigation to watch live TV through services like Hulu.

    Save the cord cutting endeavor for when you get settled in your permanent home.

    Just my two cents.
     
    clifffaith and mpumilia like this.
  24. mpumilia

    mpumilia TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    7,978
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Trophy Points:
    399
    Location:
    Pine Bush, New York
    Resorts Owned:
    Smugglers Notch Resort
    Innseason Pollard Brook

    Thanks. Yes- we use Roku and Amazon Prime and also have a subscription to a news talk network. Our little TV handles all this. But- if cable has a decent bundle package we could go for it, as long as we can set it up in the house where we need it. We can’t put our TV on that wall where the owners have theirs.
     
    VacationForever likes this.
  25. mpumilia

    mpumilia TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    7,978
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Trophy Points:
    399
    Location:
    Pine Bush, New York
    Resorts Owned:
    Smugglers Notch Resort
    Innseason Pollard Brook
    BTW- remember my hubby put the broken tv outside in the rain and someone took it? Guess what showed up yesterday? lol!

    When we get back from vacation- off to dispose of it at Best Buy.
     
    Grammarhero likes this.

Share This Page