Getting Rid of Cable TV

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Fed up with the rising cost of cable, but reluctant to have no easy access to your shows can create a quandary. This is a page about getting rid of cable TV.


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A friend told me to go to Walmart and buy an RCA UHF/VHF/Digital Indoor Antenna antenna for about $10. Then run the program on your Digital TV to program channels. I get about 30 channels, very clearly except in bad weather, for free. You have to play around with antenna placement (like the old days), but it works!

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I purchased an old-style TV set that had a built-in DVD player and a built-in player for those old VHS video cassette tapes. It's been one of the best purchases ever!

Instead of paying for cable or satellite TV or a service such as Hulu or Roku, we get free TV entertainment every month. We simply hooked the TV up to an indoor antenna with a Radio Shack device that converts HD signals to analog signals that our old TV can get. So we receive all the local stations which include movie stations and a local weather station as well as the network affiliates.


Then, we borrow DVD movies from the library or buy them very, very cheap from thrift stores, garage sales or off Craigslist -- usually for a dollar or so. The thrift stores also sell VHS movies for 50 cents because they want to get rid of them. Who cares if it is not as sharp as HD? You can still see the video movie and enjoy it!

We've gotten quite a movie collection for just pocket change, and some of the old classic movies and classic TV shows on disc and VHS are just priceless. We're saving at least $100 a month by not subscribing to cable, satellite or streaming services. Our monthly television entertainment bill is zero!

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January 26, 2005

We're all victims of the latest reality TV show. Un-numb yourself and eliminate the cable! Disconnecting cable television reconnects people to the actual world and refreshens avenues of intellect and communication.

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I absolutely love Hulu Plus, it's well worth the $11.99 a month for no commercials. I'm able to watch many of my favorite shows that I loved growing up.

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Seriously, take back all that time wasted on TV. Most reality TV can be summed up in fun and even more entertaining ways on webshows that show the choicest highlights.

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I live in an apartment complex on the first floor and now pay for cable TV. I found several websites on ROKU. One was their channel lineup and another one was how to hook up a ROKU. I have two HDTVs in my apartment. One is in the living room and the other in the bedroom. I have an older computer that is wired into a Wi Fi modem and my laptop is wireless running off the same modem.


I would like to know if I were to buy two ROKU boxes, one for each TV with the option of returning them for a refund if they didn't work out could I run both ROKUs using the wireless Wi Fi in my apartment and be able to watch the programs?

I would greatly appreciate all feedback to my question.

Thank you!


April 26, 20150 found this helpful

You should be able to run two Rokus in one apartment with your wifi.

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April 27, 20150 found this helpful

You can definitely run two Roku boxes off the same Wi-Fi. However, your bandwidth may become an issue if you try to watch two shows at the same time on both TVs.

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April 27, 20150 found this helpful

Roku isn't a true replacement for either cable or OTA TV broadcasts, but it is a really good replacement for many people who are tired of the expense of cable TV. As long as you have a reasonable high speed service and moderate bandwidth you should be fine with the Rokus.


If you are nervous about the expense, then start with only one unit, say in your living room and get a feel for it.

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April 27, 20150 found this helpful

I greatly appreciate your feedback to my question. I didn't realize there might be a problem if I tried using two Rokus at the same time on both TVs.
My husband and I came to a logical solution of retaining our cable service but will downgrade to a basic cable subscription which will cost us less than $20. At the present time we are paying about $90 for cable TV (including the cost of leasing the equipment). So now we will be saving about $70 per month.

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April 27, 20150 found this helpful

And we will only be buying one Roku instead of two.

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May 4, 20150 found this helpful

We're glad you found an answer to your problem.

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May 5, 20150 found this helpful

Here is a very good comparison chart you may want to check before buying a device:


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February 28, 2018

This is a page about using video streaming services instead of cable tv. Cable is expensive, but there are some ways you can save money. One option is to switch to a streaming service to watch your favorite shows. Netflix and Hulu are just some of the services out there. Here is some advice if you are thinking about cancelling cable.

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