Dumped direct TV

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by woodsy, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. woodsy

    woodsy Well-Known Member Supporter

    Oct 13, 2008
    Anyone else getting tired of paying $2 + a day for tv?
    Price just kept going up. Told them to disconnect it and they did.
    Anyone dump direct tv and switch to dish network for a lower price, intro for
    $20 mo. 1st year, $25 mo. 2nd year ? Happy with it ?
    Might do this switch over .
    Depends if i can beat the withdrawals or not.
    How long does recovery from withdrawals take ?
  2. HeelSpur

    HeelSpur Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2011
    Mine just went over $100 so I got the cheapest package they have.
    When it hit a hundred again I'll break out the antenna.
    I miss the NFL network. :-(

  3. BlackWillowFarm

    BlackWillowFarm Well-Known Member Supporter

    Mar 24, 2008
    West Michigan
    We did the same thing. DirectTV was getting way too expensive. We went months without it until our teenage daughter complained about nothing to watch on the tube. So, we gave in and got Dish Network. It works great, is pretty much the same thing as DirectTV for less than half the price. You just have to get used to their channel line up and working the remote.
  4. morninglory

    morninglory Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2003
    Eastland Texas
    Well I had almost gotten to the point where I was going to switch to Direct from Cable. I have had cable now for several years and it also keeps going up. My bill is over 100 dollars a month. There is never anything worth watching. DH wants the dang thing. Area I live you get nothing with an antenna.There has got to be a better way.
  5. barnyardgal

    barnyardgal Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    central Missouri
    I am with Dish & have been for years-when i got new tv,i called them & told them i needed an upgrade receiver,so after arguing with them,they finally agreed to come & install new dish & receiver & FREE & lowered my monthly bill for 2 years-am very pleased with this-sometimes you have to tell them your gonna change to the other either Dish Or Direct-they don't want to loose you as a customer IF you are good about paying your bill~This is what i learned anyways~~
  6. willowworker

    willowworker Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    I have not had a working tv for year and half....found out I do not miss it too much. One of these days I may buy a roof antenna and hook it up so I can get local Duluth channels.
  7. Cornhusker

    Cornhusker Unapologetically me Supporter

    Mar 20, 2003
    We're seriously considering shutting it off.
    If the weather is just right, we can get some with rabbit ears, and most shows we watch can be viewed on the internet a few days late.
    Luckily, My laptop has an HD port so I can hook to the TV and surround sound.
    I'll just hook it up for football season then drop it again.
    At least that's the plan......no if we can just pull the plug......:whistlin:
  8. TxMex

    TxMex Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 30, 2009
    Gone walkabout
    My bill for internet and cable went to over $100 a month this year. I shut off the cable and kept the internet. My internet bill is $31. I then bought a blu-ray player with wifi. Now I watch netflix on my tv. Netflix is about $8 per month. I love this!! I get to watch my favorite tv shows with no commercials! I also listen to Pandora radio through my tv with this blu-ray player. I can even watch youtube on my tv. I watched a video that was over an hour long about making a barrel into a planter this week. This is saving me a lot of money and I like it better anyhow.
  9. ladykena

    ladykena Active Member

    Jul 12, 2009
    We are thinking of getting ride of direct Tv too. There isn't that much on and it causes us to be underproductive. I agree that we can download what we do want 2-3 days late.
  10. woodsy

    woodsy Well-Known Member Supporter

    Oct 13, 2008
    Hmmmm, will have to look into blu-ray, no commercials !!, LOL.
    We tried haggling w/ direct tv about price to no avail, and roof antenna won't cut it with digital signal diffracting over two hilltops to get here.
    Internet DSL but not fast enough to watch much live stream over the screen .
  11. Mysticdream44

    Mysticdream44 Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2004
    I also got rid of Direct TV, they keep going up and up. Mine had reach $75.00 per month. And that was just for cable. So I now have Insight Cable. I get the cable and internet for 54.00 per month which I can live with. I'm happy I no longer have to go to the library for internet, which is a saving me gas. And I was also tired of everytime the wind blew, we had rain, a storm whatever my satillite tv went out.
  12. cannedman

    cannedman Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    South Central Kentucky
    We have a 3 meg dsl link with Windstream and watch Netflix without any problems. I like the old movies and westerns and Netflix is the way to go.
  13. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

    May 11, 2002
    Problem is even with hundreds of channels there is little of quality. Without enhanced reception there are even less options.
  14. buffalocreek

    buffalocreek Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    "There has got to be a better way."

    There is. Just junk your tv like I did 20 years ago.
  15. chewie

    chewie Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jun 9, 2008
    central south dakota
    I called dishtv and whined a bit, they gave me the big package for the med. price.

    but still, they don't have much on that is worth the time. hubs is the one who insists on it, me, i'd dump it and go netflix. or something really crazy, like read. a. book.
  16. Harry Chickpea

    Harry Chickpea Well-Known Member Supporter

    Dec 19, 2008
    north Alabama
    We dumped Directv a while back and went with the next to basic Dish so that we could have local news during storm events. Since our internet is through Hughesnet with bandwidth limits and 1 meg download speed max, streaming isn't an option. (Supposedly the new bird that Hughesnet is sticking up there will allow video and VOIP)

    The one thing I dislike about Dish is that they got in a pee-pee match with tivo and do a shutdown of the receiver every day (supposedly for programming updates, but it is only to keep standalone tivos from working properly)

    This is our Dish lineup:
    138 TNT+
    105 USA+
    176 Cartoon East
    177 Cartoon West+
    139 TBS+
    140 ESPN+
    120 History+
    118 A&E+
    108 Lifetime+
    112 HGTV+
    9413 *Alma Hispanic
    219 *Amer Live Auction
    262 *Angel ONe
    266 *Angel 2 exercise talk
    223 *Best shop
    221 *Buy shop
    9403 BYUTV
    265 CCTV9 Chinese
    884 CCTVE Spanish
    267 CTN Christian
    9406 Classic Arts
    166 CMT Country Music+
    208 CNBC News
    200 CNN News
    107 Comedy Central+
    182 Discovery Channel+
    287 Dish Earth static
    101 Dish Info
    100 Dish Home
    144 ESPN2
    261 EWTN Christian
    110 Food Network+
    9415 Free Speech TV
    229 *Gems shopping
    362 HDNet men
    9402 Health & Human Svcs
    843 *HITN Hispanic
    84 *Home Shopping
    226 *Home shopping 2
    104 *Idea shopping
    230 In Country TV
    227 *Jewelry shopping
    704 Korean w/ subtitles
    264 Kids & Teens
    9410 LinkTV+ (German News)
    274 LQ ??
    220 *Mall
    212 NASA
    369 Palladia MUSIC+
    9405 Pentagon channel+-
    137 *QVC shopping
    280 Russia Today
    225 *Sale
    224 *Shop
    228 *ShopNBC
    257 *SonLife Swaggart
    168 SpikeTV+
    122 Syfy science fiction
    260 *TBN
    9397 *Impact Christian
    9393 *3ABN Christian
    183 TLC+
    196 Travel Channel+
    9412 UCalifornia TV+-
    364 Velocity
    846 *V-ME Spanish
    214 Weather Channel+

    The asterisk means I haven't even bothered to add the channel to the tivo channel lineup and guide. The plus means there is sometimes some decent programming.

    Roughly, there are about 18 so-so channels plus the locals, unless you happen to like people telling you how to be a Christian and send them money or telling you what shopping bargains you need to buy.

    However... I refuse to watch movies that come over any channel, except those rare times the Independent Film Channel runs a promo. (TCM is not part of the lineup, but we have watched almost all the good stuff in Ted's library anyway). It has become impossible to get a decent movie viewing experience with all the bugs and pop-ups and commercials. So, what is left are sitcoms, food, and home improvement and little else of interest. (History channel "history" is often highly suspect.)

    We do Netflix DVDs and go through a lot of them. On a typical night, we'll hit the tivoed German news broadcast from Linktv, skim the local news and weather, spend three minutes on a major network news show just to see what the gummint wants us to believe, and go on to any DVD Netflix movie or program, often doing two a night and sending them back the next day or even the same day. Jeopardy sometimes gets a workout as well.

    There IS a way to watch live British tv online for almost free, but you have to be a bit of a geek, and have a decent high speed connection. Many of the Brit shows are available on DVD through netflix, which is even better. They are wonderful to watch as a series, episode after episode in sequence and at a decent pace with no interruptions other than your pause button.

    FWIW, If you have a slow connection for online streaming, and use Firefox, there is a plug-in that chooses the low-quality stream and somewhat improves the experience.
  17. SueMc

    SueMc Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    Central IL
    We just have cable and it's not worth it. My mom's apt. has an outside antenna and she picks up about 15 channels, many of them HD (google HD through the air). She gets all the local plus some PBS channels and a few others. She finds as much to watch for free as I do for the cable price. I watch amazon prime tv more than I do cable.
  18. arabian knight

    arabian knight Miniature Horse lover Supporter

    Dec 19, 2005
    West Central WI.
    I see they busted raised the price~!!!!
    I have the 3rd tear. Choice Extra/HD and now I am at $82.94 a month. Up by 3 bucks from last month.
    I will be calling my local Telephone CO.
    They will be putting in Fiber Optics directly to the house in just a few months.
    I am going to see what their total package is.
    I will then get cable TV channels over the DSL telephone lines.
    Let me see how much lower in price that may get me.
    So I may also be dumping Direct.
    At least if I go with a Packaged Deal from my Telephone CO. I will then have unlimited Long Distance calling. And at least 6Mbs of DSL speed. I am at 2Mbs now
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012
  19. tallpines

    tallpines Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    A woods in Wisconsin

    Amen to that!

    We will NEVER pay for TV other than what we get with the roof antenna!

    $100 a month is $1200 a year!

    I'm sure glad we are THRIFTY!

    My goodness!
    Read some books, take up some hobbies!
  20. mellba

    mellba Well-Known Member Supporter

    Oct 15, 2004
    Two weeks ago I dumped Direct TV and got Dish Welcome Package. The regular rate is $14.99 for two televisions. It is not listed in their packages and you have to ask for it to get it. It has all the local channels, plus some others like History, HGTV,--my two favorites-- and Oxygen, AMC, Babyfirst, Angel One, Angel Two, Boomerang, Comedy Central, Country Music TV, Food Network, Kids & Teen Television, MSNBC, TBN, TBS, TLC, WE, Prayer, MTV2, and a bunch of shopping channels that I don't watch. I bought my own equipment. The equipment with install was $199. You don't have to buy the equipment from them if you can get it somewhere else. No contract. I have not missed Direct TV. Was paying $70 a month for two tv's.