What does cord cutting mean to you?



  • I'm been looking at the options when you hear about cord cutting -

    Netflix
    Hulu
    YouTube Red
    HBO Go
    Playstation Vue
    SlingBox
    CBS online
    etc

    But looking at these options, it's pretty rare to replace the cable TV with DVR option with any of these services.
    And even if you get close, the interfaces on them are just horrid! (playstation Vue on Roku - horizontal scrolling anyone?)

    So while reading the adventures of a writer trying to find a way to survive without cable, using instead these services - I'm made to wonder, what does cord cutting even mean?

    Does it mean paying less? no commercials? quick switching between service providers? instant access to owned/rented content? something else?

    I'm probably the one on ML who watches the most TV (I admit I watch way to much TV, normally with a laptop on surfing the web). On occasion I enjoy the mindless ability to surf through the Live playing list for something to just past the time. The idea of searching through the myriad of things in Netflix or Hulu, etc are just to overwhelming to generally land on something in less than 5 mins.

    On top of that, somethings just aren't available. I went searching for a way to get Jeopardy. A 5 min search left me with no options. Of course - I could buy an over the air antenna, and watch it live - but come on... time shifting is what all the cool kids are doing - who watches anything live - other than sports?

    OK this wall of text has already pushed half the reading audience away.. so we can pick up again in another post.



  • @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    SlingBox

    This is not for cord cutting.

    It is specifically for connecting to existing service and simply casting it to you wherever you are.

    You are probably thinking of Sling, which is totally different.



  • Channelmaster Dvr+ is what i use. 16gb model with the built in slingtv app.

    Works well and is pretty cheap at 300 bucks



  • @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    I'm made to wonder, what does cord cutting even mean?

    Specifically it means ditching the service tied to the box in your house. Cutting the cord chaining you to your house to watch media.



  • I looked into it, and if I remove cable from my cable+internet I end up with fewer services for the same price as if I kept cable+internet. Hopefully my municipality will be successful in making a telco utility since we're held in thrall to the CenturyLink/Comcast duopoly.



  • I just dropped Hulu and Directvnow for YouTube TV. It's unlimited DVR and live TV is the best, and I've tried Sling and all others.

    I use Netflix and part of the year HBO Now and it covers everything.

    Plus we use google music family for $14.99/month.

    This gives us 6 accounts for music and YouTube red. When I added YouTube TV everyone on my family plan got it added to their login.

    So now my dad has YouTube TV and mom can record her NCIS.



  • @kelly said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    I looked into it, and if I remove cable from my cable+internet I end up with fewer services for the same price as if I kept cable+internet. Hopefully my municipality will be successful in making a telco utility since we're held in thrall to the CenturyLink/Comcast duopoly.

    That's always been the case until spectrum started offering internet only options that weren't mere promotional pricing.



  • Cord cutting is the home / consumer version of convergence.



  • @jaredbusch said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    I'm made to wonder, what does cord cutting even mean?

    Specifically it means ditching the service tied to the box in your house. Cutting the cord chaining you to your house to watch media.

    Sure, the pure words do imply this. But is so much of people's postings, it seemingly more about lowering costs, yet getting similar if not better viewing options... which I have not found to be the case.



  • @reid-cooper said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    Cord cutting is the home / consumer version of convergence.

    Please expand upon that - provide details.



  • @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @jaredbusch said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    I'm made to wonder, what does cord cutting even mean?

    Specifically it means ditching the service tied to the box in your house. Cutting the cord chaining you to your house to watch media.

    Sure, the pure words do imply this. But is so much of people's postings, it seemingly more about lowering costs, yet getting similar if not better viewing options... which I have not found to be the case.

    Definitely was those things for me. Way cheaper than other options, way better viewing.



  • We "cut the cord" when we moved into our house. We've found that YouTube, netflix, and prime video give us everything we want. We only done $15/month right now... We'd have prime anyway so that doesn't count.



  • Never got the cord. Always found news to be manipulated. Stop watching at them. Found cultural stuff fading away from tv. Basically Ive found myself switching tv on only for searching for good movies. when I was ready, not when they were. Put the tv in the trashcan, started pay netflix.



  • Well to me cutrting the cord always implied getting away from the cable companies and their way of doing things. It is not necessarily cheaper but you at least have more choice in what you want to watch and pay for. Is it better? That is going to depend on your viewing habits I suppose.



  • You start by listing all the shows you currently watch. Then you can research what services you are going to use to watch the shows without cable. The main thing I noticed when I cut the cord is you start watching less TV and the mindless shows I used to watch when I had cable, get dropped out of my life. I now have more time to do something more important. I can't tell you how much time I used to waste watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and crap shows on HGTV for example. I look back and think what horrible shows and time sucks. When cutting the cord you have to have a balance of use for non-tech savvy and tech savvy to get the content you want for all family members. I've got a Tivo Roamio OTA (lifetime subscription) which makes it an awesome experience for the tech savvy and non tech savvy to watch OTA TV, YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. I've also got a Roku that is a filler some things that the Tivo Roamio doesn't have such as the ESPN app for live sports. If you have a friend / family member that hasn't given up cable yet, you try talking them into giving you a Email account to use that will give you access to more cable channels that you can stream (which I did) that fill in for everything else. If you don't want to mooch off friends / family for a cable login, then look into the services you listed. I can tell you that after cutting the cord, my main source of TV comes from YouTube Red. Whatever shows we watch that are on network TV, the Tivo records for me. There are only a handful of shows that I are on cable that I specifically seek out now (mainly HBO shows). With access to a friend’s Xfinity login, it's the filler to stream those specific shows. I think once you start listing all the shows you currently watch, you are going to realize you will not actually seek out those shows to watch once you cut the cord. You now have extra time, and more money in your wallet.



  • My dad has a big antenna on his roof and a DVR that records off it he found at the local electronics store.

    When he showed my teenagers this it was blowing their mind all dad. Free TV? From the Clouds?

    Is that cord cutting?



  • What I have done the following:

    • Phone Moved to Google Voice
    • Cable Replaced by Netflix and Amazon Video. If I want to see any shows I just go to their website.
    • Internet Speed Upgraded to 300 ove r 300


  • We have cell phones and internet, Netflix and Amazon Prime. The little we are able to use any of them, they are more than enough. If anything else, Kodi works nicely too. Honestly we could get by without Netflix, but it's nice to have their children's channel or whatever it's called.



  • @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @reid-cooper said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    Cord cutting is the home / consumer version of convergence.

    Please expand upon that - provide details.

    Convergence, the industry movement to get off of old individual systems that were not tied to TCP/IP and moving towards a unified (converged) TCP/IP network that everything talks over.



  • @dbeato said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    What I have done the following:

    • Phone Moved to Google Voice
    • Cable Replaced by Netflix and Amazon Video. If I want to see any shows I just go to their website.
    • Internet Speed Upgraded to 300 ove r 300

    So you watch only from your laptop/desktop? or you stream it via chromecast? Yeah no thanks, I want it on my be screen and I really dislike chromecast - real f'n remote please!!!!



  • @tim_g said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    We have cell phones and internet, Netflix and Amazon Prime. The little we are able to use any of them, they are more than enough. If anything else, Kodi works nicely too. Honestly we could get by without Netflix, but it's nice to have their children's channel or whatever it's called.

    i've never dived into the illegalness that is Kodi.



  • @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @tim_g said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    We have cell phones and internet, Netflix and Amazon Prime. The little we are able to use any of them, they are more than enough. If anything else, Kodi works nicely too. Honestly we could get by without Netflix, but it's nice to have their children's channel or whatever it's called.

    i've never dived into the illegalness that is Kodi.

    I thought that that was a media player. What's illegal about it?



  • @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @dbeato said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    What I have done the following:

    • Phone Moved to Google Voice
    • Cable Replaced by Netflix and Amazon Video. If I want to see any shows I just go to their website.
    • Internet Speed Upgraded to 300 ove r 300

    So you watch only from your laptop/desktop? or you stream it via chromecast? Yeah no thanks, I want it on my be screen and I really dislike chromecast - real f'n remote please!!!!

    Chromebit goes directly on your TV.



  • @reid-cooper said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @reid-cooper said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    Cord cutting is the home / consumer version of convergence.

    Please expand upon that - provide details.

    Convergence, the industry movement to get off of old individual systems that were not tied to TCP/IP and moving towards a unified (converged) TCP/IP network that everything talks over.

    I don't get it. you have to be connected in some way - who cares what that way is.. Now if you were saying you had anywhere access, then you'd be getting somewhere, but that's not what we are getting either, not entirely at least.



  • @dashrender No, I can do this but I have also two Vizio 4k compatible TVs with Chromecast and other services that comes with it. I can change to whatever I want from there.



  • @scottalanmiller Kodi is a media player but the Exodus package for the app is illegal due to the fact that Movies and Shows are released without payment and is kinda off BitTorrent p2p video streaming.



  • @dbeato said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @scottalanmiller Kodi is a media player but the Exodus package for the app is illegal due to the fact that Movies and Shows are released without payment and is kinda off BitTorrent p2p video streaming.

    But that's not Kodi. There are loads of things you shouldn't install on Windows too, but that doesn't make Windows itself illegal.



  • @scottalanmiller Correct, it is noted that is a plugin outside of Kodi and that is not part of it. So yeah you can use Kodi without any problem.



  • @dashrender said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @tim_g said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    We have cell phones and internet, Netflix and Amazon Prime. The little we are able to use any of them, they are more than enough. If anything else, Kodi works nicely too. Honestly we could get by without Netflix, but it's nice to have their children's channel or whatever it's called.

    i've never dived into the illegalness that is Kodi.

    Kodi is great and nothing about it is illegal. It's like a software Roku times 1000 that you can put on almost any device.

    Lots of good free legal stuff for it. I never mentioned any illegal intentions.

    Lots of illegal stuff too, but same applies to anything.



  • @dbeato said in What does cord cutting mean to you?:

    @scottalanmiller Kodi is a media player but the Exodus package for the app is illegal due to the fact that Movies and Shows are released without payment and is kinda off BitTorrent p2p video streaming.

    Thanks for the clarification. Kodi it just a player.. i haven't dug into it enough to know the Exodus packages it the illegal part.


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