By an edhat reader
I just got another huge cable bill. Can anyone suggest an alternative that will provide access to KEYT and Fox news without the huge bill?
If all you want is KEYT and that ratty little Fox affiliate from Santa Maria, a simple cheapy indoor antenna should work fine. But be advised, your channel selection will be extremely limited.
Rex, I used to get cbs and fox on the antenna but they got rid of that digital channel sometime ago because they said they were upgrading it to the new interactive format. Really I think they were mad that we were getting all those channels for free. I get 7 PBS channels on the antenna so that keeps me pretty happy.
YouTube TV + Amazon Firestick gives you many of the standard network channels, movies, and sports for ~half the cost of cable. You need a smart TV not older than 2016. It can also be used on a computer, laptop, or iPad without the Firestick. The account is also portable. It works for us, but it might not be for everyone. Review the YouTube TV website first.
YouTube TV, through Roku, works well for us at $50/month. Great picture quality. We also use a Ooma, a VOIP phone service, that costs $15/month for a full set of features. Cox internet adds $66/month. Using separate services will cost a lot less than bundling through Cox. Over-the-air reception is iffy in the Santa Barbara area, particularly in the hills. There are several sites than can show you reception quality by location.
Typically, Cox bundles your TV and internet. The only reason we kept Basic Cable TV at our place is because having it and bundling it w/ our internet it made our internet less expensive. If you're a senior citizen, you need to apply for that discount. If you want to cut down on your bill even further, you need to call Cox and ask to be connected to The Loyalty Department. You can then make your case for a discount on your bill.
Where and how do you apply for the discount?
OHHHH BOY! This post is close to my heart and wallet! I call this the Cox Cable Negotiation Dance that you have to perform every year or two when your promotional rate expires. The key to this is to know your numbers before you call to negotiate the best possible price. For example. If I keep the internet I have the option of cancelling my TV subscription and signing up for YOUTUBE TV for $49 a month a savings of $72/month or $894 a year. Next Phone, if I cancelled my Phone Subscription and moved to a VOIP Google Voice I would pay $0 a savings of $34/month or 408 a year. The situation I usually pitch to them is Ive been a loyal customer with you for 25 years and am working with a budget that cant afford a higher bill...and this is the question I pose to Cox when negotiating ....do you want to lose $1300/year ($894 tv and $408phone) or just keep me at the same cox cable rate bundle which in my case was a difference of $800/year. which one would they rather lose out on. Hope this makes sense but my point is to know your numbers back and forth before you call! For my situation it took 3 refusals on the same phone call to get the same rate I was paying ..."they would say to me no we dont have bundles at this time to get you to that price" and I would repeat calmly my point of taking my business some where else repeatedly and tell them I love your service but would you like to lose 1300 or 800 a year. .........I absolutely feel your pain and its the one thing I hate most each year, I even mark it on my calendar a week ahead of when my bundle expires to renegotiate before my bundles come off my account. know it can be done, stay calm and if you don't get a good person call back to find another person who might be more flexible. Good Luck!
How to get 40% off the Cox retail pricing? See link below, was wondering if anyone has tried this with success? It appears that people will call to cancel their service before your bundles are scheduled to come off and Cox will send you a 40% discount to keep you with them.... LINK....https://www.reddit.com/r/CoxCommunications/comments/b946b8/how_to_get_40_off_the_cox_retail_pricing/
We dumped Cox cable about 10 years ago and haven't missed it at all, although we do have internet service from another company. We watch KEYT and Fox News on the internet.
I have high speed internet at both my business and home offices, no TV, and the combined bill is $400 a month. I called and asked Cox for some relief & they promised no charge on the business location for 2 months. Since the studio is closed and I won't be using that computer, I'm appreciative.
Cox has a limit on the amount of data you can download each month. If you give up Cox TV service, how likely are you to exceed the data limit with internet streaming of TV?
not very likely if you dont stream a bunch of 4k movies. I rarely hit my cap unless im uploading a ton of data.
We're on a Cox basic internet plan and everything we watch is through streaming. We only use about a quarter of max data usage. Speed has been fine. (Netflix only needs 5 mbps for HD quality. The Cox "Essential" basic plan is 50 mpbs.)
Hulu with live tv for $55/mo
Roku - which is available in some smart TVs or by purchasing one of their streaming players for under $30 - allows you to access regular (free) broadcast programming without paying anything. You have to set up an account, but it's free for broadcast stations. A one-time cost of $30 seems pretty reasonable to me! And no, I don't work for the company - I'm just getting ready to move, so I've done substantial research on these options. https://www.roku.com/how-it-works
You just have to pay a minimum of $80/mo to get internet access to get cheap TV. Is the 80+30 cheaper than your cable bill?