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What really is the best deal on TV/Internet for home?

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I'm going through my monthly bills and noticing that through time I have amassed a few different subscriptions...

ATT internet
Sling TV
Netflix
Hulu

It is all adding up big and I want to condense. What do you guys use? I want Internet/TV and a DVR. Thoughts??

Comcast has a deal for $70 for TV and internet but then there are $10-20 in taxes, some $10 TV fee and a $8.25 sports fee. What do you suggest??
Created 09-23-2019 at 10:18 AM by cunoodle2
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I've got Hulu + Live TV. Decided they had all the channels I watch (except BBCA), along with all the sports channels I needed. If I were you I'd compare the channel listings first to see which one meets your needs. I also have uncapped cable cheaply ($40/mo for 100+ mbit through WOW!), but if I didn't, I decided to go streaming instead of cable because I can always Chromecast to my TV from my cell phone (which is Unlimited Data). Hulu has the DVR you want at 50 hours free, and you can buy more. Don't have my bill in front of me so I don't remember what the Taxes and Fees are, but it's only a few bucks.

I had Hulu already at $5.99/mo. So Live TV is really only costing me $39/mo.

I also have/had Netflix, but discovered wasn't watching it consistenly. So when I get time to binge I resubscribe, then cancel afterwards for a couple months. Hate doing this, but hate paying for something I'm not using even more.
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My wife and I sat down and talked about what was really important to us. For me I wanted some sports channels but could live without them. My wife was only concerned about having Bravo and could live without everything else. At that point we cut the cord. We get Netflix for free through t-mobile and we got the hulu for 99 cents a month deal for a year. Recently spectrum offered us streaming TV service for $30/month and took $20/month off our internet service bill. For 10 bucks it was a no brainer and it works just as well as regular cable. So now we pay about 85 bucks for TV and internet.
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Philo. 58 Channels, $20/mo with no contract. I've tried PS Vue, DTVNOW, YouTube TV etc. Hands down Philo is my favorite. Works great on Apple TV and mobile devices (haven't tried on my Roku yet). The caveat is no locals and no sports. I'm fine with that for the price.
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Anytime you get TV from Comcast, you get hit with those ridiculous fees and taxes, PLUS the TV tuner box rental, unless you use the Xfinity stream app. So you end up paying for local TV that's actually free.

If you HAVE TO have DVR and Cable TV channels, another option is a HDHomeRun with Plex/Kodi but you need to do some setup and have a decent PC. Having tried that, all that really does is save on three set top boxes, which you can do with a Roku and the Xfinity app...but you still pay the stupid fees and taxes.

You can also do DVR for OTA TV (like Kodi/Plex), DVR football etc., but not sure if that's enough for you (+ just plain internet).

Philo sounds good...might try.

Whatever you do, buy your own equipment, e.g. router, modem, tuner app, etc.




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Anytime you get TV from Comcast, you get hit with those ridiculous fees and taxes, PLUS the TV tuner box rental, unless you use the Xfinity stream app. So you end up paying for local TV that's actually free.
So if I just use apps on TVs I might be able to avoid excessive fees then or do you think Comcast will still charge them? LOL
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So if I just use apps on TVs I might be able to avoid excessive fees then or do you think Comcast will still charge them? LOL
not the excessive fees, just the rental charge for the set-top tuner box - sorry, I should've worded it better.

You get one free tuner box, any additional boxes have a rental charge.

Also there's a DVR charge if you get Comcast DVR service.

The sports fee, franchise fee, taxes, will always be there no matter what - unless you get rid of the TV package and only have internet.

I would just get the plain Internet service with Philo, Netflix, Hulu, and OTA TV, and optionally buy/build your own DVR only if you need OTA TV recorded.
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Comcast is the ebst about giving deals, including when your current ones run out. I actually have satellite, but comcast charges less for tv/internet than internet alone, so I keep taking some channels form them as well. then I take a cable card and use TiVo where I don't have to pay comcast dvr fe or hd fee. Sometimes I just don't even have a TiVo active since I am mostly just needing the internet, anyway. The TiVo is really annoying, not working properly much of the time, but anyway.
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