Why I Don’t Like the Cable Companies and How I’m Fighting Back

by Chris Tecmire

Smashed TV

I’m not a fan of Charter, AT&T, Direct TV, Comcast, or anyone else who sells television packages.  We don’t get along.  They are Voldemort to my Harry Potter, Lex Luthor to my Clark Kent.  Why?  Because I consider myself a “casual watcher” and they don’t like people like me.

Casual television watchers are being squeezed out.  I recently called Charter to cancel my cable for the summer.  I had the lowest-priced package that they offer (basic cable) for $19.99 per month.  It was a promotional price and the promotion was expiring the following month.  My plan was to cancel our cable for the summer since I should really be outside anyway and then come back for a promotional price in the fall.  I’ve done it before and it’s always very simple.

However, this time was different.  During the cancelation conversation (when they try to convince you to stay), the gentleman informed me that basic cable – the local channels, PBS, and a handful of others – is no longer being offered.  The extended package is now as low as you can go.

This frustrates me on two levels.

First, there always used to be a relatively inexpensive option for those who wanted to live frugally or couldn’t afford anything more, but that option is quickly disappearing.  They’re trying to force me to spend more money when I already feel like I spend too much.

I remember when I paid only $9.99/month for basic cable.  This isn’t one of those “when I was your age…” stories your grandpa tells you.  That was only 3 years ago!  Now they want me to spend at least 3 or 4 times that amount.

However, my second issue isn’t just financial.  The other reason that I don’t choose the extended package is because I have very little willpower when it comes to networks like the Food Network and Travel Channel.  It’s like putting a giant plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies in front of me – I will not stop unless you take them away by force.

I don’t want to spend all my time watching TV, and with that many channels one hour turns into two hours, which turns into three hours, etc.  Therefore, I refuse to tempt myself.

But, this time they’re not leaving me an option.  I’m being forced into the next largest package.

I planned on only quitting for the summer, but now my plans have changed.  I’ve decided not to go back.  No more packages, bundles, or promotional prices that skyrocket 6 months later.  Not in the summer, not in the fall, never.

However, here’s the thing…I like TV.

I don’t watch a lot of it anymore, and I don’t want it to rule my life, but I like the option of sitting down and letting my mind turn to mush here and there.  I’m a casual watcher, not a non-watcher.

So, what choices does the casual watcher have left?

How can we slice and dice our television bills to live a more frugal life?

How to watch TV for less than $10 per month


1.  Free online episodes

The vast majority of the shows on network television are now available to watch online.  ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX each offer full episodes free on their websites.  However, if you’re looking for the full catalog of NCIS episodes, you’ll be sorely disappointed.  Currently, there are 6 episodes available and they’re not necessarily the most recent 6.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to catch up with the new Bachelorette, each and every episode from this season is waiting for you.  So, the selection can be a little hit or miss.  The trick to moving from $50/month to free TV is not being too desperate to watch certain shows.  If you’re willing to be content with what you can find, there’s plenty out there that won’t cost you a nickel.

Here are a few of the ways to find FREE TV:

The network’s website – The simplest way to find a specific show.  The major networks are the most reliable, but just about every network has something to offer now.  My wife and I regularly watch old House Hunters International episodes on HGTV’s site.  They offer probably 40 – 50 episodes from the hundreds that have aired.

Hulu (the free version) – The selection leaves a lot to be desired if you ask me.

Xfinity or SpreetyXfinity and Spreety are websites that compile everything into one spot.  Good one-stop shopping.  Xfinity has the better design, but Spreety seems to have a larger selection.  These sites are also a good way to go shopping for a new show to watch if you’re bored and don’t have something specific in mind.

Youtube – Though it’s even less reliable than Hulu, occasionally you can find shows on Youtube that you can’t find anywhere else.

ESPN 3 – ESPN airs most of its content live online now.  It’s how I’ve been watching the NBA Finals this week.

2.  An Antenna

Remember the good ol’ days when antennas were the norm?  Yeah, me neither, but my parents tell me about it all the time.  Seen as a relic now-a-days, antennas are still a viable option for those who are looking for live TV, but aren’t concerned about getting more than a handful of channels.  With the right antenna you may be able to get a few of the major networks and PBS.  If you’re considering it, make sure you check how receptive your particular area is to antennas, so you don’t go through all of the work of installation only to find out that your area only picks up CSPAN.  Here’s are two websites (FCC and AntennaWeb) that will help you find what channels will be found with each type of antenna.  If you live in an urban area with better reception, you may even be able to try some “rabbit ears” and pick up a few channels.

No matter what kind you choose, the upfront cost is minimal, and there aren’t any monthly payments to be made.  Once it’s paid for and installed properly, you should have free TV from that point on.

3.  Hulu Plus or Netflix

Hulu Plus and Netflix are the “premium” options for escaping cable.  They’re premium simply because you have to pay $7.99/month, for which you get a more complete catalog of shows, seasons, and episodes.  Each can be watched instantly from your couch using a Wii or Playstation 3, along with a handful of other devices.

Hulu Plus vs Netflix – A quick comparison

Free Trial Period – Netflix offers a one month trial compared to only one week for Hulu.

EDGE: Netflix

Timeliness – Hulu makes new shows available 24 hours after they air.  Netflix only makes episodes available once the entire season is available and offered on DVD.

EDGE: Hulu

Current Shows – Hulu carries just about every major show from ABC, NBC, FOX, CW, MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central.  However, almost anything outside those networks will be absent (like History, TLC, Food Network, etc.).  Netflix offers some current shows from most networks, but don’t carry near the catalog that Hulu does in current hits.

EDGE: Hulu

Classic Shows – Netflix offers shows like Cheers, Leave it to Beaver, Saved by the Bell, and my personal favorite, The Wonder Years.  Hulu’s selection appears pretty sparse.  It does have the Cosby Show and Dick Van Dyke, but I couldn’t find too much more.

EDGE:  Netflix

Number of Episodes Per Show – This ranges all over the board with Hulu.  Some shows like Saturday Night Live allow you to watch all 37 seasons!  On the other hand, you can only watch the most recent season of Modern Family – the first two aren’t available.  I would say that the majority of the time, episodes and seasons are missing from Hulu, whereas if Netflix offers a show, the likelihood is that all of the episodes are there (besides the current season’s).

EDGE:  Netflix

Movies – Though this has little to do with the subject at hand (TV), the movies are a nice bonus.  Honestly, neither selection is all that great, but it’s almost impossible to find a decent movie on Hulu.  At least Netflix has a few choices.

EDGE:  Netflix

Though the platforms and prices are very similar, Netflix and Hulu Plus couldn’t be more different.

If you’re looking for current episodes of today’s hottest shows, Hulu Plus is the obvious choice.

If you’re just looking for something to watch, want to relive some of your past favorites, or tend to favor documentaries and Discovery Channel shows like Dirty Jobs or Survivorman, Netflix may make more sense.

Here’s what I do

Again, I consider myself a casual watcher, so keep that in mind.  I tend to be a scavenger of sorts.  I’ll find as many of my favorite shows online for free.  If it’s not there, it’s not there.

Other than that, if my wife and I just want to relax and make butt marks on the couch, we’ll find something on Netflix.  I’ve found plenty of interesting shows to fill up my queue.

If either of us gets a hankering for some House Hunters International or PBS, we’ll find them online.  I’m also a bit of a documentary nerd, so I’ll sometimes browse this website for some free films.

Sprinkle in some ESPN 3 occasionally and you have my TV life at a glance.

I’ve become a scavenger, but it’s fulfilling because of how much money and time I’m saving.  TV is important to me,  but it’s not THAT important to me, so I’m willing to sacrifice a little bit here and there.

Maybe one of these days we’ll come crawling back to the TV companies and ask for a fat package, but, for now, we’ve discovered that most of the entertainment we crave is right at our finger tips, and for a whole lot less than Charter is trying to charge us.

And if it doesn’t work out…I guess we’ll just turn the boob tube off for good.

How do you watch TV?  What other frugal methods do you use to save money on your TV bill?

TV image provided by Imbecillsallad

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Diana June 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

I JUST called my cable company to see about lowering my bill – I currently have 200 channels, 6 or so that we actually watch, home phone which we never use, and internet. Of course they couldn’t offer any solutions, and to get rid of the phone would actually bring the bill up. Definitely looking to cancel all together and just use netflix and the library.. now I just have to find cheap internet!

Thx for your post, good to know I’m not the only one getting rid of cable!


Chris Tecmire June 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

There are a few decent internet options depending on where you live and what’s available. We’re kind of stuck since we’re in such a rural area. We spend about $35/mo on high speed internet (it just went up $5 since we canceled our TV). I could switch to AT&T, which would be MUCH cheaper, but they don’t offer the true high speed internet in our area – we can only get the slowest DSL option. With watching online video, running this blog, and the photo editing that my wife does, it’s better to hold onto our 15 mbp and swallow a few extra dollars each month.
But, depending on your area, AT&T and a few other companies have some OK deals.


Teresa June 20, 2012 at 11:32 am

I have just been trying to find a way to downsize my Comcast bill. Unfortunately I subscribed to the bundle and I need to keep the house phone (my cell phone service is spotty at home) and of course the Internet. And like Diana mentioned above, my bill is actually higher if I just get rid of the cable. It is such a frustrating and expensive cycle!


Chris Tecmire June 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I know what you mean. The bundles are kind of like the long contracts that cell phone companies lure you into. They sound good at first, but often cause pain down the road because your freedom goes right out the window. I despise bundles!


Howard September 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Google, cell phone booster. Then look for listing from Wilson Electronics in St. George, UT.
Call their tec support and tell them what cell phone service you have and they will recommend a booster. They do not sell direct, but will refer you to an on line reseller. I’ve been very pleased with their information and service.


Jody June 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

We’re still watching a 20-year-old TV, so when they made the digital conversion a few years ago we got one of the converter boxes and a set of rabbit ears. We’re in a major metro and we get 3 PBS channels, 5 primary network channels, a channel that specializes in old TV shows and one that specializes in old movies. We also have a DVD player and we check movies out of the library or sometimes splurge on a new release from RedBox. All of these options more than fill our non-computer screen time. :)


Chris Tecmire June 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I’m SO jealous Jody! We tried a set of rabbit ears and a converter box, but we’re apparently too far in the stix. Congrats!


Lebron James June 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

The good news is you still get to see me do my thing in the NBA finals !


Chris Tecmire June 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Wow – what an honor that Lebron James reads my blog about how to save money and live a frugal life. Although, I must say…I would have thought that the nearly $60 million dollars you made last year would be enough :) Either way, welcome to Simple Family Finance. However, you should know that I’m a Thunder fan.


Dena June 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Thanks, Chris! Keep ‘em coming. We’ve never had cable or dish, so I guess we don’t know what we’re missing (haha), but we did discover Netflix two years ago and have found exactly what you said, great for WHAT you want to watch, WHEN and with no commercials at much less cost and no contracts. (We’re BIG documentary nerds as well) I appreciated your other tips that I will check in to because I had never heard of them before (Hulu). Thanks again!


Chris Tecmire June 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thanks Dena! Stay away from the cable – ignorance is bliss :)


Joylynn June 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

That IS frustrating – that they don’t offer a basic package anymore. Well, as an experiment, my husband and I decided to not have cable beginning when we got married, and 5 years later we haven’t regretted it. We’ve relied on: Hulu, the library to check out DVD’s, Redbox, and other free/very low priced options.


Dinah June 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I haven’t had cable or dish for about two years. One of my tvs has an antenna and converter box. We only get two major networks and four other channels. I think we would get more channels if we had a better antenna. Our other tv has a Roku box, so we can watch Netflix and some of the Hulu Plus programs on our tv. We use our computer to watch the Hulu Plus programs that we can’t get on our tv. We also get dvds from the library.

I miss some of the TLC channel programs, but not enough to pay an extra $50 a month.

One other difference between Netflix and Hulu Plus is that Hulu Plus has short commercials and Netflix doesn’t. The commercials are shorter than network channel commercials.


Chris Tecmire June 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Good point on the commercials. Hulu Plus is very similar to all the rest of the online episodes you can watch on the networks’ websites – 1-3 commercials instead of 5-6 like on live TV, but Netflix has none. I love that because it ends up being a pretty big time saver. Thanks for pointing that out Dinah.


Sandra June 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

It’s no different in Canada. Except our options for cable/phone/internet companies are very limited. I ditched my home phone about 5 years ago and cable 2 years ago. On the west coast we have maybe 2 options for internet so I bite the bullet and pay $58 a month just for that service. I refuse to buy into a bundle. I get my money’s worth by watching as much free online as possible. I also like to rent or buy movies from iTunes and have joined Netflix. Again, in Canada content is limited for the popular stuff. I also hit the free TV sites. One surprise I came across when I got rid of cable was that a few channels slip through with the internet signal – I get Fox and CBS. So with all this, I get my fill of TV shows and movies. Now I just need to find a way to reduce my monthly fees for my cell phone (which I rarely use).


Chris Tecmire June 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

Yeah, the internet’s definitely a tough one depending on where you live, but, like you said, at least you’re using your internet to save money elsewhere.
As for the cell phone, we use a pre-paid cell phone from Platinum Tel (Real Paygo “plan”). We just use it as an emergency phone, so we buy 200 minutes every 3 months (they expire at that point) and it only costs us $10. So, we end up spending $40 per year to have a cell phone for emergencies or occasional times when my wife and I are away from each other and want to be able to communicate or ask a quick question. Platinum Tel was the cheapest we could find with the longest expiration dates for small dollar increments.


April June 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

We dropped cable around Christmas. We moved into a house with one of those massive attenas in the attic. Kid you not, we’ve get 20+ stations for free, we live in a suburb in the midwest. Because we have enough channels we’re actually cutting Netflix this month, the kids won’t be happy (no more instant Dora or Diego, preschoolers) but they need to get outside more anyway. Now, I’ve just got a fight with Time Warner about our internet, it’s gone from $35 to$50 since we lost the promo price, any thoughts on Clear Internet?


Chris Tecmire June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

That’s awesome (the antenna)!
With the internet, as long as that promo price is still available to new customers without a bundle or contract of some sort, you can probably just call to cancel and they’ll try to talk you into staying by giving you the old promo price. I’ve done that all my life and have never paid a non-promo price. However, I guess every company could be a little different, so you should probably be prepared to actually cancel if they don’t talk you off the ledge. As far as finding an even better deal…that depends on your area. AT&T offers some low options, but it depends on what speed you need it. They don’t offer anything fast enough for us in our area, but they might in yours.


Jamie July 9, 2012 at 12:15 am

The only thing I’ve begun to notice is that some web sights are beginning to require your cable access information to watch free online; there have only been a couple (espinoza that I can think of right now), but this practice isn’t something I can’t see coming in the future…


Chris Tecmire July 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

Yeah, I’ve noticed a couple companies trying to make it more difficult on online watchers. Some of the networks are also prolonging the number of days that you have to wait until current episodes are unlocked. For example, we used to be able to watch Master Chef right away online, but now have to wait 8 days. However, I have a feeling that the trend is still headed toward more and more online opportunities rather than cable TV. That’s just the way the world is headed.


Lisa August 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

When we moved we refused to pay for cable, but we had a huge antenna at the old place the previous owner installed in the attic with a booster and received a lot of good channels. Well we literally moved to a black hole TV wise because we only got a snowstorm when we plugged in our TV. We ended up buying the new style antenna at Radio shack for $50 (the guy said we needed this more expensive version due to our location-the black hole!). It works really well and they no long go up on the roof or in the attic-it is the size of a tablet and just sits next to our set. Awesome and we are free from the grip of the cable’s demands. On another note we didn’t bundle before, just use cellular for phone and we do pay for high speed internet (I guess we aren’t totally free).


Greg April 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Actually from what I understand the FCC requires Cable companies with a lot of customer to provided limited service. The only requirement is they show over-the-air-broadcast main stations. I have limited service with a Digital Transport Adapter. It cost about $25.00 a month, the adapters up to 3 don’t cost. They scramble the limited service QAM signals. The limited service restriction might be removed if there is another cable company that provides limited service service the same area. Cable companies cannot require a package to get it either. You might want to check with the local office, not the toll free phone number if you want cable again.

I myself would get rid of Cable, but antenna wouldn’t work in my area, to far away from local stations.


this is the way June 14, 2013 at 6:26 am

1channel.ch will give you everything free tv, all tv episodes all movie


Chris Runco August 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for the info. The one big glitch in your idea, for me, is that ESPN live Online is only available here in LA to cable subscribers! Another Catch 22 situation.


Chris Tecmire August 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

That’s a good point Chris. Recently, they’ve done the same here in Michigan. However, certain games and events are still available online on different networks. I’ve watched March Madness, the NBA Finals, and anything on NBC sports is usually available too. More and more networks are starting to see the need. There’s also ways to watch NFL games after they’ve played live if you’re ok with waiting and not checking the score. OR it’s a good time to mooch off a friend for the big game :) Thanks for the comment Chris!


Chris Tecmire August 22, 2013 at 7:39 am

Here’s the link to the site that allows you to watch NFL games online after they’ve first aired…https://gamerewind.nfl.com/nflgr/secure/packages?ttv=1&icampaign=Prod_GP_Nav
It’s called NFL GameRewind and they charge $30 to follow one team and $40 to have access to any NFL game up to the playoffs.


ashley August 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm



Starecho September 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

Its all going away now. All the major networks are updating so you have to have a valid cable subscription to watch anything live…grrrr


Chris Tecmire September 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

Yeah, there are certain networks (like ESPN) that are making it very difficult to watch their programs online without a service, but as long as you aren’t too hung up on watching programs live, most of the major network sitcoms and dramas are available these days. In fact, some have recently added online availability. Even CBS, which was a hold-out for a while is now offering most of their programs online. I’m actually going to get to watch the 6th season of The Mentalist within a day or two of when it airs live! (Instead of having to wait a year until the DVDs come out)


Kristal December 20, 2013 at 6:22 am

My husband and I found ourself I’m a financial bind a few years ago and we had to shut off the cable as well. At the time we lived rural and couldn’t get any channels with an antenna. We relied on Netflix to fulfill our tv needs. We learned to love without shows we thought we needed. Turns out there is more to life than tv lol.
Now we live near the city and have rabbit ears and we get all the locals (at least 2 of each) and we get metv which is awesome. It shows Gilligans island and other old shows. We paid 3 dollars for the antenna used. Works perfectly. It’s refreshing to know others have up the corporate tv junk and decided to have a life and save a buck. God bless ;)


Matt January 14, 2014 at 10:11 am

It’s not just the cable/satellite companies. It’s the networks, specifically Disney. ESPN cost each subscriber $6.00 a month, ESPN 2 adds another .75, Disney channel 1.50, I think all told Disney owned channels make up around $12.00 a month of a bill.

They are a big fighter of the A La Carte pricing proposed by McCain. They are wining and dining your legislators to keep everyone paying their high fees.

Another reason why prices are high because of deal jumpers, to give you those great introductory prices it is done from the wallet of longtime subscribers. Just another form of welfare.

Online cost are going to pop up and rise as more people move to “free” services It’s not free to produce all these shows and programs.

A la carte programing is the most logical way to go, pay for what you want. Call your rep, don’t let Disney live in your wallet.


Brett February 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I am a recent cable cutter. Like Chris I enjoy TV however being a boomer it was difficult for me to cut the cord that is until our finances got tight. What also made it easier was the fact that unlike me the kids grew up with the Internet and really split their time between watching cable and surfing. I was haunted by the whopping $150 cable and phone bill we had been paying forever. At some point the promotions ran out and our bill started rocketing. Doing the math it was easy to see that I spent $1800 per year !! After spending a month doing the research I took the plunge and got a Roku 3 player (kids love the feature to plug headphones into the remote) and signed up for both Hulu Plus and Netflix. The family’s initial experience was great. We had never sat down together around the television and watched as much as we did that first week. There were clearly so many choice that we were overwhelmed. The TV was never loved this much when we had just our plain old VIP cable package. I asked my kids if they wanted to go back to cable and what I heard clearly was a very strong NOOOOOOO!!! This boomer has learned a lot and finally broke the grip that cable had on me for my entire life!! No more would I be at the mercy of these cable companies and what they choose to serve me and instead I now do the choosing from thousands of options that simple can’t be matched! No regrets here hopefully more people wake up and realize they have choices and for a fraction of the cost. In addition the experience for this casual viewer is unmatchable by the cable giants!! Next project for me is to setup my new Cisco phone adapter to connect my free VOIP phone service to my analog phone. $50 for the adapter, $25 to port my existing number and that’s it no monthly phone bills and excellent quality!!


Chris Tecmire March 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Glad it’s working for you Brett – I doubt we’ll ever go back either.


Pam April 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

I called Charter the other day about downsizing to something cheaper. I’ve seen ad after ad for NEW customers but, they offer NOTHING to those of us who’ve been loyal customers (ie: suckers) for 100 yrs. I said I could drop my tv totally and then sign up again as a NEW customer. This very rude woman told me that I could NOT do that and any connection at my address, in my name or anyone else’s name would still be charged as an existing customer for LIFE. HUH??? I’ve been trying to figure out the best way for me to go to make the final break from Charter. I have a Roku, Netflix and Hulu Plus. I know I’m going to need an antenna for my local channels so, I guess that’s my next out of pocket expense. I did try an indoor Mohu and a couple of other indoor antennas but, got either no/few channels or not my local ones. So, it’s an outdoor one for me. Now, I just have to figure out which outdoor antenna to buy. I’ve checked the websites for which channels I can get with what kind of antenna. I just can’t decide which one to buy. I live in a suburb and need a multi-directional amplified long range antenna with both UHF and VHF. Anyone have a recommendation for a good antenna?


Tom the Cable Guy June 3, 2014 at 8:50 pm

So I’ve worked for the cable company and there are a few tricks to help lower cost or get the most bang for your buck. First off, Basic cable is a RIP OFF! You are only receiving the local broadcast tv stations, so if basic is what you like, invest in an antenna system, it will be cheaper for the long haul. Secondly, you must always watch your bill. People get in the nasty habit of letting autopay deal with your bill, but after your promo period is up your prices will rise. As soon as they start to rise you need to call in to cancel your services. You will have to go through 3 different people before you will have someone offer you a cheaper price. Also you can always start the service in someone elses name at your address. They will give you the current promotion price, just say you just moved in. If you must cancel it will take 6 months before Charter will consider you a new customer. Third, DVR is a rip off. With Charter’s on demand service you can basically watch any show the day after it airs up through two weeks after. DO NOT PAY EXTRA FOR DVR. Fourth, Charter phone is always the best deal. Its the most inclusive land line service around and if you want internet and tv its going to give you the cheapest price. Finally, if you ever get charter internet and want wireless, buy your own router. It will be yours, you wont have to pay the monthly fee or the forty dollar install fee, and you get freedom to choose one that best fits your needs. Hope this helps.


Jared Cate October 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Ok……. just to add too the better option between netflix hulu….. Netflix no longer carries any discovery channel, animal planet, or investigation discoverey shows as of October 5th 2014.


Ken February 14, 2015 at 11:17 pm

We fired Charter last year and have not looked back. Roku and Hulu, Netflix, and Acorn TV keeps us happy with QUALITY shows. I miss local broadcasts for news and weather so may put an antenna on garage roof. We are 35 from downtown and the inside flat antenna do not work for us. I have tried several. We also fired AT&T several years ago and got ooma for phone service. It is awesome


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Kalina April 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Wow, we’re lucky that we’re still able to get “budget basic cable” from Time Warner Oceanic. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they cut that. They’ve been steadily raising the cost from yes, under $10/month to now $19.
We recently moved and switched everything to them. We were paying the phone company $52/month for landline and lousy DSL (whose speed varied from 2-4 mbps). By combining everything to TWO, we’re now paying $58/month! Of course the phone bill is promo for a year. I had to figure out this package myself because the phone reps could not seem to figure out how I could pay less than $78 a month. (They did not tell me about the 6 mbps internet, I found it on their website and had to “remind” them about it…DUH!).
My question is, we’re not supposed to get the Travel Channel, but yet we had it for a week…and suddenly it disappeared. We didn’t have any of the other non-Basic channels (such as USA, Golf, etc.), just the Travel. I was so happy to have that and now it’s gone :(


Carole April 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm

We are paying Charter nearly $90 a month for expanded basic with three set top boxes. We are paying AT&T about $95 a month for internet and home phone. They promise you one thing at AT&T, and you end up being charged more. We signed up years ago at a promotional price with us getting $100 back for the modem we had to buy. Liars; we never got that, and they pretended ignorance when I asked. We also did not get the promotional price for the whole year. We got it less than six months. Our home phone was supposed to be cut down to absolute basic, and they forgot it was supposed to be only $19 per month. The others in this house would not stand for their fix to be cut off, so how can I save money here?
Also, do you have to have home phone to get AT&T internet? Can I get a really cheap home phone and still have my internet service?
I would be happy to cut everything to just what we really need, but hubby loves to channel surf (too fast to even see what is on, even).


Carole April 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm

They also tell us if we would just bundle, we would save money. I will not join their community. I dislike intensely the idea of bundling.


cheryl b. May 15, 2015 at 7:17 am

netflix i love i hsve a smsrt t.v. i can watch alot. i hsve to hsve a land line phone for s.s. wont do cell phones. thatsv39.00 a month i dont need dont need to psy. but have too. cable is going back to 22 years sgo, u have to have a box to get any channels. 9,99 no hd just basic 74 and down. basically crap. i moved into a new hose tht was wired for cablr in every room. than i had a dvr had box in living room. oh no know no box no tv we need to donsomeyhing about this .bill is overv200 a month it a outrage


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