A Question for Y’All…

May I impose on you for your opinion relating to television and cable companies, etc., keeping in mind we are in the USA.

We have Comcast. I am not happy with it. Mainly, it’s the exorbitant prices they are now charging. And frankly, most of the stations we are paying for (and we do NOT get premium movie channels or HBO etc. either), seem to broadcast crapola, for the most part. We spend each night after supper watching (or re-watching) our British DVDs and when they are over, it’s up to bed for us. I like to watch news during the day, some cooking shows, and PBS regularly, but I’m starting to think that something else might work just as well for these stations.

So, what do YOU use for TV reception? Cable? Which company, and are you happy with it – specifically the price they charge?

What about something like Direct TV?

My sister-in-law just told me that they will be ditching Comcast in favor of Direct TV, so I am anxious to hear if it works for them. But in the meantime, if anyone here can share their experiences with me, I’d appreciate it.

The older we get, the more we need to think about paring down our expenses. Social Security only goes so far, and Comcast, at more than $126 per month, is getting a little rich for my wallet!

Thanking you in advance.

So far, my New Year’s resolution to “THINK” is holding up. I’m thinking of new ways to save money. Next I may think of ways to keep the furs and dust and dander down in my house… (I’ll accept any brilliant ideas on that subject, too, if you have any!). It’s never-ending here with the two collie dogs!




I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from “Leaves of Grass, No. 32”] ~

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10 Responses to A Question for Y’All…

  1. Bonnie says:

    We have Time Warner but that includes the package phone, tv, internet. Yes it is expensive for our basic package. I hate the darn converter box because it will go out at times, not just when the weather is bed. One channel I want to watch at night has bad reception, sort of digitized.


  2. Bex says:

    And WendyNC, I was researching Direct TV not long ago slightly and I remember lots of the people saying the same thing about the bad or no reception in heavy rain. We do get our share of heavy rain but not a whole lot, like some people get. And as for snow, last year beat the band, but this year, nothing much so far. Global Warming? I’m thinking so… I predict that in a few decades, it will be too warm to survive in some parts of the World, where people go now for fun-in-the-sun will be unlivable.


  3. Bex says:

    Maggie, Sandy from Iowa who commented here has Acorn and likes it. The thing is that I like to own DVDs so I can watch them at my leisure and re-watch them as many times as I want. Also, I loan them out and/or gift them to friends… so I never got into Netflix… I looked at their offerings and didn’t see much, if anything, I would like there. I hear Acorn has some good stuff.


  4. Bex says:

    Teri, the thing is that we don’t have any Brit channels we watch… we have our own DVDs of shows we’ve bought over the years… and you know some of them from the time I blogged about the ones we’ve bought in the last few years only. So we don’t watch Brit shows on TV (only by DVD player). The BBC America station is a joke as far as I’m concerned. There is nothing there at all that interests us.


  5. Bex says:

    “But we have never had something as inexpensive as $126! I would almost be satisfied with that.”

    Wow, Nora, that’s high. However, my bill is just for Comcast TV cable. No phone, no internet… just the television. Period. Our phone/internet costs me about $85/month… so it all adds up in the end for those 2 things! And I don’t even have a smart phone… just a land line. Paul has a flip phone (Jitterbug type) but it’s not a smart phone and that’s only $18.+ per month so I consider that a bargain… but he never uses it – it’s only for emergencies out on the boat!


  6. Bex, I am in Canada, so most of your options are not available here. BUT I know you like British television; ACORN TV is something I have had my eye on for some time now. Would love to hear from someone who has tried it, does it live up to expectation?



  7. Sandy says:

    I am no help to you…I have rabbit ears and get 5 to 10 places.
    I do have netflix/hulu plus/acorn for all English shows
    So my bill each month is about 25


  8. WendyNC says:

    No cable out here, but we’ve danced with both DirecTV and Dish. Satellites don’t work very well in pouring rain. We don’t get enough snow often enough to tell you how they do in those conditions.

    We ditched the satellite and bought two Roku 3 units for our two televisions. Roku is now up to Roku 4 and, from what I’ve read, you want the regular units, not the cheapie sticks. They’ll run you $100 to $130 each, depending on model and source.

    We added NetFlix for $8.59/month, SlingTV (so husband could watch sports) for $21.45/month, and Amazon Prime for $99/year (which also gives you free shipping from Amazon and price advantages on some items).

    Roku requires Internet, but I figure you’re paying for that, anyway. We get ours from CenturyLink for about $79/month (10MBPS download), but we have them because they’re really the only game in town (having bought our local phone company) other than TWC.

    Roku has added a substantial number of channels since we got out units a couple of years ago, with no extra charges.

    Good luck! It can be quite an adventure, investigating all this stuff.


  9. TopsyTurvy says:

    We’re in Canada and use Bell Fibe. We keep our costs down by calling the Bell Loyalty Office and getting a discount.

    That said, I hear that a la cart pricing is the new thing, so start checking around for carriers who let you choose individual stations. There are carriers who have your Brit channels, so look for those, too.


  10. Sleeps_With_Rocks says:


    We use TWC to the tune of $170 a month for landline, cable and TV! It’s ridiculous and I keep asking hubby to please negotiate with them. We were on some special for a year and then it recently ran out. Now TWC is giving us free HBO and Showtime for a year but hiking the price of service up too.

    But we have never had something as inexpensive as $126! I would almost be satisfied with that.

    I’d be very interested in what others have to say.


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