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WHY I HESITATED TO CUT THE CORD?

Jun 29, 2017 By: Rick

I cut the cord about ten months ago but I should have done it much earlier. Looking back, I was trying to figure out what kept me from telling TWC to take a hike? I did, and still do, hate TWC/Spectrum. What they lack in customer service they more than make up with arrogance. They do not care what their customer think.

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF TWC BEING BOUGHT BY SPECTRUM

Jun 28, 2017 By: Rick

In 2014 Spectrum (Charter) bought TWC. It took about two years for the merger to take place but now you are starting to see the results. Last September my TWC (now Spectrum) bill did its annual increase. In the past I would call them up and attempt to negotiate my bill back down to its previous cost. I would have to talk to retention (or level 2 as they call it now) but by applying various arcane "specials" they would get the cost close to what it was.

CUTTING THE CORD FOUR MONTHS LATER

Apr 18, 2017 By: Rick

I cut the cord about four months ago (which you can read about in this blog). How has this impacted how I and my family watch TV? What have been the pros and cons to cutting the cord? I am going to talk about what has happened in the four months since I cut the cord.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION?

Mar 23, 2017 By: Rick

Five years ago cable owned TV. If you wanted to watch TV you had no choice but to use them or an over the air antenna. Now the landscape is completely different. Cable/satellite still dominates but there is a very pronounced shift away from traditional TV. There are now so many competitors to cable/satellite TV it makes you wonder where television is heading? What does the future hold for TV?

JANUARY 25 2017 NEWS ABOUT CORD CUTTING AND SAVING MONEY ON CABLE

Jan 25, 2017 By: Rick

January 25 2017 news about cord cutting and saving money on cable.

MY CORD CUTTER SETUP

Jan 20, 2017 By: Rick

I have talked a lot about cutting the cord so I thought I would discuss what my TV setup looks like after I cut the cord. Before I cut the cord I had your typical setup. I had a TV, sound bar, cable box, DVD player and Xbox One all on a shelf. I also needed an HGMI switch so I could run the sound through the sound bar. It was a lot of cables and boxes. I used a Logitech programmable remote to switch back and forth between cable TV, DVD player and the Xbox.

TELEPHONE ALTERNATIVES WHEN YOU CUT THE CORD

Jan 07, 2017 By: Rick

After I cut the cord I still needed telephone access at my house as I had a Spectrum bundle that included telephone. There are many options both traditional as well as voice over IP (VOIP). Here are some of the options and why I chose the one I chose.

WHY DO YOU NEED CHEAPTHYCABLE WHEN NEGOTIATING YOUR CABLE BILL?

Jan 01, 2017 By: Rick

I negotiate for a living, I am always looking for the best price for something. When negotiating, both sides have a price range they are willing to agree to. Both sides work to get the best price inside that price range. There are many ways you can work to lower your price inside that range but the best way is with information.

HARDWARE FOR CUTTING THE CORD

Dec 23, 2016 By: Rick

When you are using cable TV they supply you with all the hardware you need but you pay for it in your monthly bill. Once you have made the decision to save money by cutting the cord you have to make some decisions on what hardware you need but might not be sure where to start or what to buy. Here is a guide on what your cord cutting hardware options are. You are going to have to purchase the hardware (as oppose dto renting it from the cable company) so it is important to make sure you buy purchase the right device. First thing you will need is a high speed internet connection. If you are streaming several devices you will need 50 Mb or more download speed. Second, you will need a device that will allow you to stream shows through the internet. There are many options so here are several and what they can do for you. To help you make a decision on streaming services read this article.

OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF CUTTING THE CORD

Dec 19, 2016 By: Rick

I recently cut the cord. I finally had enough of Spectrum raising my rates so I quit buying cable services from them. But there were several concerns I had when I cut the cord. This blog is going to outline how I overcame the challenges of cutting the cord.

THE EASY WAY TO WATCH TV WITH NO CABLE I.E. HOW I CUT THE CABLE AND KEPT MY NON-TECH SAVVY WIFE HAPPY

Dec 17, 2016 By: Rick

I have wanted to save money by cutting the cord for several years but my non tech savvy wife was worried that it would be too complicated for her to watch when I was not home. And as we all know, it is important to keep your wife happy when you make a decision like cutting the cord. I have always tried to make things easy for her; I bought a programmable remote so she only has to learn and use one remote and have kept Spectrum despite price increases because she was familiar with and liked their service. But I finally hit my breaking point when they increased my bill from $135 to $180. I planned to negotiate the price like I described in How to Lower Your Cable and Internet Bill and using data I gathered from Cheapthycable.com but I was so put off by the arrogance of the Spectrum rep that I told them I was getting rid of them and if I am anything, it's a man of my word. I looked at Century Link but they wanted to charge me $150 and sign a two year contract so I decided to wade into the crod cutting waters.

HOW TO NEGOTIATE YOUR CABLE AND INTERNET BILL WITH COMCAST

Dec 16, 2016 By: Rick

I have been haggling with cable companies for years so I thought I would explain some of the tricks I have learned to help you lower your cable and internet bill from Comcast. First understand you will be on the phone for a while as you work through the cable company's representatives. So be in a comfortable place where you can discuss money.

HOW TO NEGOTIATE YOUR CABLE AND INTERNET BILL WITH AT&T

Dec 15, 2016 By: Rick

I have been haggling with cable companies for years so I thought I would explain some of the tricks I have learned to help you lower your cable and internet bill from AT&T. First understand you will be on the phone for a while as you work through the cable company's representatives. So be in a comfortable place where you can discuss money.

HOW TO NEGOTIATE YOUR CABLE AND INTERNET BILL WITH SPECTRUM

Dec 12, 2016 By: Rick

I have been haggling with Spectrum for years so I thought I would explain some of the tricks I have learned to help you lower your cable and internet bill from Spectrum. First understand you will be on the phone for a while as you work through the cable company's representatives. So be in a comfortable place where you can discuss money.

HOW TO NEGOTIATE YOUR CABLE BILL

Dec 07, 2016 By: Rick

I have been haggling with Spectrum for years so I thought I would explain some of the tricks I have learned. First understand you will be on the phone for a while as you work through the cable company's representatives. So be in a comfortable place where you can discuss money.

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This is a place to gain information to allow you to negotiate a better rate from your cable/dish company. You will be able to see what people in your area are paying.

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