Sylvia and I Are Cable Cutters

The cable came from the satellite dish into our house.  (We don’t have cable TV here in the country.)  We’ve returned their equipment to DirecTV.  After adding a new a new online service, we’re saving over $100 per month.


This is not a complaint against our satellite TV service provider.  They were very good and their equipment worked fine.  Life under that system was actually easier.  However, we can handle a bit of inconvenience for $100/mo.

We use a Roku streaming device to access Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.  That same device also connects us to Sling TV, where we get the cable channels that we want for $25/mo.  For another $5/mo we have an online DVR with a 500-hour capacity.

For over-the-air (OTA) TV, we use a Magnavox DVR.  That allows us to time shift even the sub channels.  (I particularly like the Johnny Carson reruns on Ch 17.2, which I couldn’t get on DirecTV.)

Thus far, the new setup has worked very well.  Sylvia and I are happy campers.

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

8 thoughts on “Sylvia and I Are Cable Cutters

    • I have no doubt that I watch too much TV. Hats off to folks like you who have not fallen under the control of the “one eye.”

  1. Wow! Good work! We were looking into that last year and it is quite an undertaking to weave through all the options and prices. In the end, we ended up negotiating with our cable/internet/phone provider and we pay $120 for all. We never use the phone, but having it gives us a break in the price. (Personally, I think they sell our phone # to advertisers to make ends meet) So, I think you did very well for yourself.

    • We’ve been considering the move for well over a year. It started shortly after Sling TV started. I watched from the sidelines as they improved their service. That was the final piece to make it work. Three weeks in, and we are very happy.

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