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Jason in CA

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Well, I did it.


Knowing my Comcast/Xfinity bill cost $145 and change I would log in to my bank and send $150 every month without looking at the bill. I wasn't on a promotional plan and they told me this price is fixed unless I make changes to my plan. I did that for several months. A couple weeks ago I actually opened the most recent bill expecting to see about a $30 dollar credit for around months of overpaying. I actually found I was over $40 dollars behind. I suppose they didn't technically lie since they didn't increase the price if you plan on was on. However since I wasn't checking my bills I didn't realize they increased the equipment fees that they charge. I bought my own modem long ago so they can't change for that. but there was no way to get around paying for the boxes they supply to watch TV. like millions of others I've gone in circles with their customer nosuport for years.

Between the equipment fees and the most recent hidden hidden rate increase. for those that don't know what a hidden rate increase is, it's becoming common to take channels that used to be in your package and move them to a higher tear. Technically they didn't raise your cost. but they're moving the popular channels they know people want into the more expensive packages knowing many will switch to the more expensive packages to watch the channels they like. I finally decided to shut down the TV service. since I was getting the double play discount as soon as I shut off the TV service my internet service cost went up. they are the only internet provider in town and they know it so they can do that.

There's more to the story but this post is getting long. :sleep:
 

Derrick H

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I cut the cord a few years ago. Probably like 5 years ago. I was paying over $250/month for DirecTV alone, not including internet. I started with Sling, which had terrible performance. Switched to DirecTVNow which had terrible performance, then did Vue for awhile until YouTubeTV came out. I really like YouTubeTV. I love how it has multiple profiles for different people and how it learns what you like. I rarely have to go to the guide to find something because it is right there on the home screen. I am missing out on a couple of channels that I used to watch, but it's worth it to save the money and the mobile app/performance is great too.
 

Jason in CA

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I cut the cord a few years ago. Probably like 5 years ago. I was paying over $250/month for DirecTV alone, not including internet. I started with Sling, which had terrible performance. Switched to DirecTVNow which had terrible performance, then did Vue for awhile until YouTubeTV came out. I really like YouTubeTV. I love how it has multiple profiles for different people and how it learns what you like. I rarely have to go to the guide to find something because it is right there on the home screen. I am missing out on a couple of channels that I used to watch, but it's worth it to save the money and the mobile app/performance is great too.
I'm not saving as much as you with the route I took because I was already on one of the least expensive packages they offer for TV. But with canceling TV through cable I'm still saving about $25 a month. That's because I did sign up for YouTube TV. To be honest I could easily get by without that also but I got it for the rest of the family since I cancelled cable TV. It wasn't entirely about the money but that was the biggest factor. My other problem was their practices. So it was kind of a move on principal also. Unfortunately I have no comparable choice for internet.


I've found YouTube TV to be a decent service. A few months ago I did the free trial they were offering. Since then they updated the app with some nice features added to the guide. The nice thing about the YouTube app is it works where you want it without having boxes hooked into everything. My TV stand looks a little funny without the cable box living in it. :D.

I know YouTube offers free trials on the TV app from time to time. For anyone wondering if it's worth it I suggest giving them a try. It's a comparable option to cable/dish for less. At least less at this point. And you still get the features you may want like DVR. The multiple accounts Derric mentioned is also a cool feature.
 

Jason in CA

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Just wait until you exceed your data caps and get the overage charges
Yeah:mad:. I've already had that conversation with customer nonservice. during that conversation they said we have a promotion for you to get higher download speeds going on right now. I asked them if it came with a higher data cap the answer was no. I then reminded them that I'm on the phone because they say I went over a data cap, and not so politely said are you trying to make sure I can do it quicker next time so you can try and ding me even more. I really do try to be nice to the person I finally get on the phone after going through their disaster of an automated service getting transferred three times to the person who should be able to help me and whatever department I end up in, but they make it very very difficult.

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Speaking of who I get on the phone, I have put myself on hold before because I asked to be transferred to someone I could understand. there have been a few times the accent was just so thick I couldn't understand what people were trying to say to me.
 
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KE Quist

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We've been bumping up and over our 'data cap' the last few months. It's pretty damn annoying considering the data costs to them are practically $0.
 

D Livingston

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In addition to streaming videos and music, we also have a camera doorbell that uploads to the cloud and so I tend to watch our data usage closely. We are typically close, but not dangerously so, of hitting our cap. For some reason in February, we went way over and I was looking yesterday at about noon and both Comcast and our router showed we had already used 16 GB...in half a day. I really don't think our habits in February changed that significantly and I've been trying to figure out what is actually happening. I also can't seem to figure out a way to determine what individual gadgets are using, which would really be useful information.
 

JKalchik

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D, that's a major concern with any Internet connected device, especially what's known as "Internet of Things" type devices. Unfortunately, with consumer grade routers & firewalls, unless you catch it in the act, it can be really difficult to figure out what was chattering away so heavily. There may be a status/bandwidth page buried in your firewall that'll show you what's currently active.
 

Tracy Seelhammer

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I would never propose that anyone steal a signal of a sporting event, but if they were to consider it, they might want to try sportsurge.net. As for news, I downloaded the CBSNews app to my Roku, and that gets me all of the national coverage I need. I just navigate to the local stations for local news.
 

Rusty James

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I just installed an outdoor antenna in December, and I hooked it up to the existing cable connection after termination my cable service. I also have a Roku device, but we don't use it that often. In fact, I am on my third unit in the past two years due to bad hardware. I keep it unplugged when not in use to keep it from overheating.
 

BillSmith

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Just wait until you exceed your data caps and get the overage charges
Not all Comcast areas have caps. I don’t have one. Probably because I can easily switch to Verizon FIOS.

I have been cutting the cord for a few years and it’s great. Netflix, YouTube TV, and Amazon are my viewing options. Pay around $110 for this plus 600Mbs Internet.
 

LMichaels

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I just installed an outdoor antenna in December, and I hooked it up to the existing cable connection after termination my cable service. I also have a Roku device, but we don't use it that often. In fact, I am on my third unit in the past two years due to bad hardware. I keep it unplugged when not in use to keep it from overheating.
I have no issues with my 3 ROKU devices. Occasionally VERY occasionally one may restart itself while watching it. I think it has been due to the device not caring what you're doing when it decides to update itself. They're great devices. I have 3 of them. Sadly I cannot get rid of Comcrap. Thanks to data caps and living where Moses lost his sandals not much on antenna, and certainly no baseball, hockey, etc.
People have recommended HULU but I priced them and to mimic what I have now with comcrap would cost me about $75 MORE per month than I pay the devil. So I stay with the devil on the lowest TV tier that affords me the programming I want along with their DVR service.
What I like about their DVR is I can watch it anywhere (even on my phone). Anyway sometimes it's better to have the devil you know
 

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