What I guess I don't understand is how someone can get by with just their locals and Netflix movies that are ones which people don't ordinarily order via mail. I haven't seen one yet I would have chosen on my mail list but I have about 65 on my instant list and so far have stopped half of what I have chosen to see because they weren't very good. My next question is how one can do without all the news channels such as CNN, FOX, CNBC,MSNBC, PBS, Lifetime, and many moire. I can't imagine myself spending so much time watching movies. Yes, I have the Roku for those times when there is nothing good on the locals OR I have already watched as much news as I want. I've been with dish for over 12 years and while it is expensive I do like the music channels which I play thru my surround sound and turn off the tv itself. I have no premium channels but do have HD and love Animal Planet and sports. Can't get those with the box. To further explain my questioning, I watch tv for about one hour in the morning for news and then for an hour in the afternoon and finally for about 2 hours at night. anyway, just wondering where you all find time to watch a lot of movies.
Excellent question. Personally, I scaled back my cable service to their lowest level package, which basically amounts to locals and some miscellaneous stuff I don't watch like shopping channels. I save about 35-40 bucks a month. I typically have some time at night between when I put my son in bed and when I go to bed myself so I fill it with a movie if I'm not doing anything else. The freedom to pick a set of movies I want to watch, both in a DVD queue and in a grab-bag instant queue is a much better value to me than setting up a PVR to record whatever shows happen to be broadcast. Plus I get locals in HD via QAM.
As far as all the news channels and such, I get all the news I want via the Internet. One can choose to browse particular sites like CNN.com for regular news, ESPN.com for sports news, etc. One can also use RSS feeds to collect information from all sorts of various sources into one place on your computer and browse at your leisure.
To be honest, *I* find it hard to believe when people tell me they can't live without a particular station (not just you...I have a couple friends who when I told them how much money I save not ordering all those extra channels, inform me they can't possibly downgrade because their spouses "need" channel X or Y or Z.) It's only television. It's entertainment. And there are always other methods, usually cheaper, and legal, for getting the information or entertainment you desire.
I would imagine there have been times I'm a hypocrite and got all bent out of shape over some channel they moved to a tier I don't have or a show that got canceled that I was just getting into...I'm not perfect
But in the end, there are alternatives, both in how we spend our time and our money.