Is there an argument for KEEPING cable tv?

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Atechnoholic42

Sports. That's about it. Dependent of teams/games you like and damn tv blackout "rules" in some areas for some games.


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See_Ya_Suckaz

If it shows the stuff you want to watch, at a price you're happy with, why not keep it?


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gomets1969

Look at you with your common sense reasoning. :)


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doa70

Streaming can get complex once you have 4-5 services or more. The “single pane of glass” of cable simplified this for a cost.


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SnoochPowders

I got cable so I could watch my Minnesota twins, this season. One of the most regrettable things I've done in recent memory.


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kewldude-mn

No kidding. It's been tough to watch the home team this year.


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rextraverse

For people with a data cap and watch a lot of television, or just the types of people who leave the TV on all day as background white noise.


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prism1234

People with larger families might also be more likely to hit bandwidth caps. But yeah background viewing is definitely a problem for those. My TV viewing is very targeted, I probably watch more current shows than most people, but I never watch stuff in the background and rarely watch reruns of something I've already seen and don't really watch news or sports either. So my total viewing time is much less than the average person whenever I've seen metrics on that and I've never gone over the bandwidth cap. But if someone does have their TV always playing the office in a loop or tuned into a news channel the cap becomes much more of a concern.


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eaglewatch1945

Familiarity. Especially for older folks.


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cincydash

This. I know a couple who switched to YouTubeTV and went back to traditional cable because they like channel numbers and being able to mindlessly cycle through the channels to see what's on.


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Mikehuntisbig

What do you consider "older folks"?


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glopezwach

It depends on what you watch. Some shows are not on Hulu, Netflix, etc. Sports are also a problem. There’s Hulu live, and so on, that replicate in part cable, but they are a cable alternative, and sometimes more expensive than getting internet and cable from your provider. If you don’t need sports, you’re at an advantage. A good old ole antenna will get you the locals, depending on location etc. I got an antenna and just 1 streaming service at a time, Hulu and hbo max mostly. With the antenna you do get some sports. I’m a happy camper with no cable YMMV.


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garylapointe

It would depend on the price AND what you watch.


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billstrash

For older people, and the less tech savvy, it's a completely reliable product. Even for regular people that prefer the speed and flexibility of rapid channel changing. If the price were equal between streaming on my 8* TV's and having a cable box on each one I'd go back to cable in a heartbeat. (I'm not in a mansion, it's just that since I can stream to anywhere, I do! 3 BRs, LRx2 top and bottom which is awesome, Office, Basement, Porch)


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balldontlie3030

Yep sports I went from cable to ps vue to YouTube tv to Hulu then back to cable because I can’t get my local sports, deal breaker for me


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mrbostn

I call it the streaming dance. This app, that app, not this month next month, cancel this cancel that, get this device, not that device.


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DPedia

Log in, reset password, authorize app, reset router, reconnect to wifi...


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tribeoftheliver

Because Charter/Spectrum is the only company with all my must-have/favorite channels. I've been with Charter for almost 25 years (except a short break in 2005-08 with a local provider).


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[deleted]

Sports, particularly regional sports networks for local MLB, NBA, and NHL.


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OnceOnThisIsland

Honestly? Data caps. If you have several people in the house all day and everyone streams video, you'll eat straight through any data caps you have. There's always the extra fee for unlimited data, but you at least don't have to worry about overage charges with cable.


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HaloTheHero

$30 a month for me. uh huh


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QuietlyWarped

One TV homes. I saved a bunch on fees and box rentals when I cut the cord with multiple TVs. But I had a friend with one TV in their apartment, and after looking at services with the channels and sports they wanted, it wasn’t worth the effort. Even with fees , one box rental, etc., it was a wash bundled with their internet.


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pixie6870

Not in my house. We have a cheap 20.00 antenna hooked up to our 4k TV, a Roku box and 200 Mbps. I got tired of paying 105.00 for 146 channels and only watched about 25 of them. Best decision we ever made.


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[deleted]

cable is easy to use and reliable - and if you need a bundle of a bunch of channels it's the cheapest way to get them all, especially if you're vigilant about doing the "call and pretend to cancel" number every year or so.


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MickMickelson

Cheapest?????? Where’s THIS?


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Atechnoholic42

Reliable?????? Where's this?


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gomets1969

Many actually. Programming/channel selection (local sports, local sub-channels), reliability, ease of use, price, customer service/technical support, etc. Anyone can make an argument for why they choose to keep cable TV. Those are the primary reasons I still have television service with Fios.


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mart1373

I have AT&T TV Now, which is fine for just about any TV watching. But I am pretty jealous of having an actual remote. I'm talking about the one you would get from Comcast that allows you to hit the guide button and scroll through all the channels easily. And I miss having dedicated channel numbers instead of just scrolling directly to the channel.


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Tal_Ent

The osprey box and remote works with AT&T TV Now and offers channel numbers, a guide button, a previous channel button, and allows you to pause live tv for 60 minutes. You can get the box on eBay for a decent price. Last week I saw refurbished ones being sold for $50. Make sure you get one with the second generation remote that has backlit buttons.


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couchmateapp

Unless you love sports, serials, local programming or news, probably not. There has to be some change an innovation in linear to keep people around.


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OnceOnThisIsland

Linear channels aren't driving people away from cable. If they were, services like YTTV, Pluto, and Sling wouldn't be popular.


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Grump_Master2000

local live sports is all


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DWCourtasan2

Hard core sports fans.


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upstreamer1

I would subscribe again during the NFL season if when bundled with my internet, it only raised my bill $20 or less. That is my price point. Needless to say, I don't expect it.


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oldmanonsilvercreek

My local cable is expensive and looks like crap. No thank you.


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oneandonlybobjones

No, unless you don't have reliable internet.


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Klstadt

Nope. Have never once missed it, and when I’m reminded it still exists, I’m ever more horrified I once paid for that mess. I’ve got everything I want, cheaper, and haven’t seen an ad in years. That seems like self-abuse now. Haha!


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GeforcerFX

I have a friends that only uses cellphones for there home internet and computer usage. So instead of racking up data usage and paying for the streaming they got cable for $35 a month.


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epistaxis64

Live streaming services still have a lot of issues (glitchy apps and buffer issues) vs cable's "it's on and it works". Cable is also a lot more friendly to the less technically inclined (old people).


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Lithalean

100% No! “Cordcutting” isn’t just about being cheaper. I know a lot of people on here use money as their #1 motivation for it, but that’s not true for everyone.


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schwiftydude47

I would’ve said reality tv and Nickelodeon a few years ago, but now that Discovery Plus and Paramount Plus exist, it isn’t nearly as important anymore if you don’t care about those. So basically all you really need to watch on there is the live sports.


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HaloTheHero

old school kids instantly remember this moment: