Think I'm taking the plunge tomorrow. I'm paying ~$279 USD month for all channels and I can't find anything to watch the few times that I have a
couple of hours to sit around, since we have a 5 year old who could care less about TV. The amount of commercials is highly annoying and I can't take
any more reality shows. In addition there VOD service has disabled the option to fast forward through many of there shows. That VOD change was the
last straw for me. I'm paying almost 300 bucks a month and not only has the amount of commercials increased but now I'm forced to watch them. Scr3w
that, I'm out.
I got Amazon prime and netflix stream, tried Hulu plus but dropped it since it really didn't compare to either netflix or Amazon. Also Hulu + came
across to me as a little deceptive on how you can search for your favorite shows and it returns a result every time as if it offers it. Then as a
prime member when you click on a search result just about every show returns with a message saying that they are working to bring the show to you but
they don't have it at this time.
I'm even considering getting rid of netflix and keeping just Amazon prime. Prime offers just about the same amount of content as Netflix if not more.
However the nice thing about prime is that you can also buy current episodes for 1.99 each or buy the whole season 30-50 bucks. In addition Amazon
Prime offers current new dvd releases as well ,where netflix doesn't.
Then it dawned on me that i can still watch all my favorite shows by purchasing each episode or season from Amazon Prime and still be below 200 a
month. I believe that once you buy them you actually own them and can watch it anywhere. For us that is a huge plus because I can't count the number
of dvd we have lost or ruined. As an additional bonus I don't get any commercials and I get HD content with dolby surround sound. I use the Sony hd
stream player which true 1080P with hdmi out and digital audio out along with component output and usb connection for external hardrives or keyboard,
I must say I'm pretty happy to tell comcast to stick it (partly / I still have to use them as an ISP) because of there monopolistic involvement in the
I only wish I could get google fiber (fiber.google.com...
). I hope some day the entertainment industries monopolized business model gets
broken up. The cable providers are no longer needed and I don't think anyone will miss them.
The only negatives I see leaving cable are:
1. The ease of switching channels. That is nice.
2. local channels, can be fixed by hd antenna
3. news, Doesn't matter to me since I don't watch the MSM and there are plenty of news sources online
Pros of using Amazon Prime:
1. 74 bucks a year for unlimited use of their prime content library.
2. discount amazon shipping.
3. VOD service. I can still get the newest shows and movies as they come out.
4. Pay only for what you want to watch, no bundle cr@p that makes you get and pay for 600 channels when you only watch 10 or 20 at most.
Note I don't work for Amazon Prime , but I must say I have been happy with the service and I hope this help others realize that cutting the cable
doesn't mean that you have to wait years to watch your latest episodes. In addition I think cable providers have outlasted their welcome and use.
Vudu is another good source for new movie releases in 1080p.
Any other services that you might suggest to make it easier to ditch cable?
Any good apps ,sites, or utilities that make it easy to cut the cord?
Any good sites to find free content, _llegal ofcourse
edit on 18-10-2012 by interupt42 because: (no reason given)