said by hortnut:It's tough, I love some of the HBO shows, but like others have said, $100/month or more to watch a few of your favorite channels is tough to swallow. I went OTA, and haven't looked back. I get most of our favorite shows except Discovery (Mythbusters) and HBO (Dexter, True Blood)....and save enough money to take my boat out a few extra times every month...it was a decision I can easily live with.
I was on a project in the sumner of 2009 for 4 months.
Internet was dialup at 26.4 to 33.6. Unless I went to town to a coffee shop. Basic e-mail was ok in firefox with images turned off and could do banking and some other essentials. But not surfing like I am doing now.
As to TV- there was no cable and in a 'geographic hole' so OTA was only option got CBS, FOX, PAX, PBS and if the weather was correct - NBC. The CBS affiliate had the Retro TV channel.
I had gone back to my childhood - the big 3, an independent channel and Public TV.
I made good money and did not die. Plus my viewing habits changed. Have not watched any ABC program since I got back on cable. Prior to the project around December 2008, there was a disagreement between the regional ABC affiliates and Dish, so Dish dropped ABC. It has been a year and a half since I have watched a program on ABC.
Since finishing the project and moving to another city, I can see the TV antennas from where I live. I am seriously considering dropping Comcast to Basic and keeping HSI to 12/2. Watching more online and getting Netflix.
Cable is eating up too much of my budget. And there are far too many crap Reality shows on right now that do not interest me.
my $.02 and experience