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I was looking at my cable bill and realized I spend a stupid amount of money just to watch the Golf Channel. Obviously I need internet, but I'm seriously considering getting rid of cable.

 

My question is, how will I get my golf fix? Saturday and Sunday rounds are typically on public channels, so that's not a problem. Sometimes events are streamed live too.

 

I know with Hulu Plus there are several golf channel shows like Big Break which I enjoy. Has anyone does this? Do you miss not having the golf channel?

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I never watch TV. And when I need to watch golf, I do it online.

Getting rid of cable would be a good idea for me, but it's included in our rent... watch it or not.

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Haven't had cable in 10 years. Just over the air channels. Saves a ton of money and time watching TV....there are usually better things to do. We have high speed internet, so I can stream at least parts of many tournaments if I need a fix.

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We got rid of cable for over a year until we readded a basic admixture of dish network that gives us a compliment of sports stations - my daughter and wife love baseball so that got it back into the house.

 

If you don't mind watching the Big Break a couple of days late it's available on the Golf Channel site - I could only get what was streamed in regards to the Thursday/Friday stuff but there was enough to satisfy.

 

We got Netflix through the Wii and frankly HD is far better when you have an antena than it is through cable or dish -

 

I really am wondering why we went back to cable even if we're only paying $40 a month for it. I think we may get rid of it after our year is up and just go back to the antena. I'd rather have the $500 to do something productive than the ridiculousness that we're getting on TV.

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Down here in the colonies we do not get cable so I will compare it to Foxtel which is a pay TV option in Australia. We had it for a year but never watched it much.

I just grab what I want off the internet including stuff off the Golf Channel.

 

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I have been considering ditching the cable and just doing internet as well. Would save a good amount of money, and I already have Netflix and could add the Hulu service if I wanted. My concerns are similar to WD's however, in that I don't want to miss all of the sporting events. Monday Night Football is now on ESPN, many of the NBA playoff games are on cable, and of course the Masters is on ESPN. I don't have an internet capable tv and I don't want to sit at my computer to watch these events, I'm a couch guy.

 

So overall I guess I just answered WD and my own question. No, I will not be getting rid of cable. It will still pain me to pay that much money to a company that provides service that is worse than most drive through restaurants though.

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I'm scared to even contemplate this. I'm recording on average 4 shows a night...

 

I'm going to ignore Jbones comments because my bill just jumped up to $126 a month... The other option is 6mpbs internet for $40 which sounds a lot better, but still more expensive than JBones...argh.

 

I'm looking up getting a HD antenna and building a small computer to hook into the TV. With Windows 7 Pro, it's easy to turn a computer into a DVR. Hulu Plus is only $8 a month, so the question is do I want to pay an extra $78 a month ($936 a year) to watch the golf channel...

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If you have a good friend with ESPN you could also "borrow" his password for certain sporting events.....not that I condone it.....just sayin'

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With the exception of hooking up some rabbit ears for the recent Olympics, we haven't had TV in the house since we moved in 3 years ago. I try not to be on my high horse about it, but it's one of the best decisions we've made. TV ate up a lot of money and time. Every now and then I get the itch to have it back, but it doesn't last too long and I get to watch some TV at work. If there's a sporting event I need to see, I go to a bar or restaurant to watch.

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A couple years ago I bought a 55" flat screen HDTV and I have gotten the golf channel since 2007 and my wife and I watch tv together every night and these are decissions that we have made and do not regret it either. :)

 

Well, after dark since I play golf til then and she is doing her things.

 

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Have not had cable or even an antenna for nearly two years. I just download anything I am interested in seeing- which isn't too much. News I get online through BBC. I do miss getting some sports, but not enough to ever go back to paying a cable bill.

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I hadn't had cable for a long long time (let's call it 8+ years) and my wife ordered it for the Olympics.

 

I work on the weekends so I don't get to watch any golf then - but I'm terrible and will watch 4 to 6 shows a night if I'm allowed.

 

We're canceling the cable next week, then it's back to netflix, hulu and I think we're actually switching to Amazon Prime.

 

Agreed on the ESPN front... I'll keep our login handy in case it still works after next week.

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Alright, since I'm in the industry, let me give you all a tip. If you have cable or satellite, call your provider and tell them this "I am going to switch to satellite (or cable), because they are offering a much cheaper rate for a better package". You will be surprised how much they will cut your bill, sometimes it can be as much as half. If they ask you what the rate is for the company you might switch to, just tell them it's a lot cheaper than what you are paying, but don't give an exact amound. Do this, NOW, then reply and let me know how much you save. If it cuts your bill dramatically, you owe me a vote in the Tour Staff Contest. :D

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I hadn't had cable for a long long time (let's call it 8+ years) and my wife ordered it for the Olympics.

 

I work on the weekends so I don't get to watch any golf then - but I'm terrible and will watch 4 to 6 shows a night if I'm allowed.

 

We're canceling the cable next week, then it's back to netflix, hulu and I think we're actually switching to Amazon Prime.

 

Agreed on the ESPN front... I'll keep our login handy in case it still works after next week.

 

You're ditching netflix and hulu for Prime or just ditching netflix? I'm curious which is best. I love the 2 day shipping you get with Prime, but their selection seems to suck.

 

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So $593 total for everything, but it's a much better DVR than anything you can rent (record two shows at once, stores movies, 2TB of hard drive space, built in internet browser on the TV, easily connect to it with other devices on my home network, etc...). With this I probably won't even need Hulu Plus and can watch PGA Live streams directly on my TV. Big plus also is there's no DRM and everything is open source! Very very tempting...

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Alright, since I'm in the industry, let me give you all a tip. If you have cable or satellite, call your provider and tell them this "I am going to switch to satellite (or cable), because they are offering a much cheaper rate for a better package". You will be surprised how much they will cut your bill, sometimes it can be as much as half. If they ask you what the rate is for the company you might switch to, just tell them it's a lot cheaper than what you are paying, but don't give an exact amound. Do this, NOW, then reply and let me know how much you save. If it cuts your bill dramatically, you owe me a vote in the Tour Staff Contest. :D

 

We have two available providers and they know it. Comcast or Verizon and they're pretty much the same price. They've offered me the new customer promotions which will cut down the bill temporarily. I may build my system, try it out for a few months, and if I can't stand not having the Golf Channel, well then I'll still be eligible for those new customer discounts :).

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It's very interesting to see the number of guys without cable. I thought I was alone until we did it - now I'm ready to ditch it go back - didn't really miss anything - most of what is on cable is a rerun or replay of something anyway - there were just a few sporting events that I would have liked to have had but I had way more time with my wife and daughter - the reality is that even when it came to watching things we were more likely to do so on NetFlix than now.

 

For those who have and then not had cable have you noticed how much better the HD is without the cable? I couldn't believe the difference.

 

As soon as this contract is up I'm sure we'll go back to no cable.

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We have two available providers and they know it. Comcast or Verizon and they're pretty much the same price. They've offered me the new customer promotions which will cut down the bill temporarily. I may build my system, try it out for a few months, and if I can't stand not having the Golf Channel, well then I'll still be eligible for those new customer discounts :).

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