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I'm fed up with the fees and recurring price increases from Cox Communications (seriously, why great deals for new customers while current customers keep getting gouged?). So I'm seriously considering closing it altogether, except for keeping the internet since we need it. I have a friend who has tried and likes Sling Tv (or any other internet television option) and I'm curious if any other edhat readers have tried it and what their thoughts are? Also, what speed or level of internet service would be needed for this?

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therealbebe May 18, 2018 07:41 AM
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I tried it and wasn't a fan. I like Hulu much better - their live streaming service is $39.99 and we get every channel we would get with cable service (except for HBO, etc which you can add-on). I have regular, middle-of-the-road speed internet and it works great! If you are a household where people are using multiple devices at once, you might want to increase your speed.

CS805 May 18, 2018 08:18 AM
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How much data does an hour of internet TV use? Is there a data cap issue w/cox to consider over the course of a month?

CS805 May 18, 2018 09:31 AM
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Cox already has Data Caps in Santa Barbara. There was extensive discussion on this on Edhat. " Customers who use more than 1 terabyte of data in a single month must pay an additional $10 for every 50 gigabytes they go over the limit. "

sacjon May 18, 2018 09:12 AM
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I use Hulu Live to watch Angels and Dodgers games, since I can't even do that with the MLB TV app. We've been "unplugged" for over 7 years now, only watching Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. No commercials and no price gouging! Also, we're doing that just fine with Cox's basic internet, as long as we're not streaming to more than 2 devices at the same time.

ternst May 18, 2018 09:37 AM
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Cox has a data cap for residential services of 1024Gb. It's pretty tough to hit that mark, but if you have a couple kids in the home that are always streaming plus the parents streaming you could hit it. I think it's about $10 a month for every 50Gb over. I stream a 3 hour baseball game almost everyday of the week plus watch a few movies here and there and I'm using about 150Gb a month. Log into your online account with Cox, they have the tools to see your usage.

corky May 18, 2018 09:38 AM
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I hate the Cox box. I am going down there to complain about my control which sometimes records, and other times won't. I know it's not the batteries, because sometimes, when I try later it works. I hate when it doesn't, as some nights I have to get to bed for early morning schedule, so just miss something I wanted to view next day. I asked for a credit recently after losing service for several hours and they credited me $5.Big whoop. It's not the actual time out, it's the aggravation of not being able to view things the next day.

a-1526661755 May 18, 2018 09:42 AM
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For folks who've canceled Cox, how are you getting the local broadcast programming (including KEYT and the various community city and county channels)? I'd like to still have access to those channels.

ladylagomorph May 18, 2018 10:02 AM
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Roku. Acorn tv. British shows, very good! Plus many regular stations. Internet connection needed. Apple won't carry Acorn. $4.99 a month.

sbteach123 May 18, 2018 10:06 AM
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Try Play station Vue. You don't need a play station game consul. Amazon fire, roku, or apple tv. Download the app and try it for free for 7 days. It has unlimited DVR and you can record as many shows as you want at the same time. I have have their most expensive channel line up and it's still $80 cheaper a month than cox for the same line line up.

a-1526665688 May 18, 2018 10:48 AM
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I don't understand all the complaining about Cox. I've been a customer for 15 years (tv, internet, phone) and had nothing but great service except for the very rare blackout.

Edhat Staff May 18, 2018 10:55 AM
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Ed is curious which internet TV options are best for sports packages. Any edhatters know?

sacjon May 18, 2018 10:57 AM
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Ed - for baseball, MLB TV is a great app, but all "local" teams (Dodgers and Angels) are blacked out. So, I've been using Hulu Live to get around that blackout and now can watch any team I want really.

ternst May 18, 2018 12:52 PM
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You can get around the blackouts on MLB.TV by subscribing to a VPN service.

sbteach123 May 18, 2018 11:06 AM
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Checkout Playstation vue channel line up. They have a lot of sports channels. Great during college football season.

StuckOnBathSt May 18, 2018 11:47 AM
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I cancelled my Cox television several months ago and have been using Sling TV. Saved over $50 per month. Just this week however, I cancelled Sling TV and am using Direct TV Now. Direct TV Now is currently having a 3 month $25 off per month trial subscription. I prefer the interface for Direct TV Now and there are more of the networks that I prefer on the cheapest tier. And if you have AT&T as your cell phone carrier, you won't get charged for cell data to watch Direct TV Now when you don't have network access. I use a ROKU stick on my TV. Got the cheapest one on sale through Amazon for $39 a couple of years ago and haven't had any problems with it. I get local stations through an OTA antenna.

SoCalMommy May 18, 2018 12:08 PM
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We finally got rid of bank-draining Cox about a year ago and could not be happier. We stick with Netflix and have everything we need. Cox is a rip off.

domingur May 18, 2018 01:41 PM
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We switched to Direct TV Now about a month ago and do not regret my decision to switch from satellite. I'm saving like $65 a month for more or less the same channels I had with satellite. It has some issues, and takes some getting used to, but it's worth the cost savings. Pros: cost savings ($35/month for lowest tier); no taxes or fees; Nick, Disney Jr., and Nick Jr. are on lowest tier; cloud DVR now included for free; no box; good interface, all channels are in HD; and plentiful on-demand content, including from Big 4 broadcasters. Cons: Can be glitchy at times; no PBS; may cause you to buy a new wireless router; and Fox is only live broadcaster available (but you can still get on demand shows from other Big 4 channels). There are youtube videos that I watched before I switched that were very helpful. A word about data caps. Regrettably, we have Cox for internet and they did impose a datacap of 1 terabyte. However, the TV is on about 20 hours per week and we haven't hit the cap, even with our phones and other devices connected our wi-fi. There are articles about how much TV you'd have to watch over the internet before you hit the 1 terabyte cap. Alternatively, you could switch to Frontier DSL or Hughes Net which advertise no data limits. Unfortunately, their speeds are a bit slow for what we need, so we're stuck with Cox for now, but those speeds may be just fine for most. But as soon as (or if) Frontier FIOS comes to Santa Barbara, we're switching as soon as we can.

domingur May 18, 2018 01:58 PM
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Just a quick follow up to my last post, our version of Apple TV allows us to download apps. If you have Direct TV Now, you can download the ABC and NBC apps and watch live programming from there at no extra cost. You just have to link your DTVN account, which is relatively easy. Might be true if you have any of other other streaming services like Sling TV or Hulu. CBS also has an app but you have to pay $ every month, so forget that. We've also downloaded the PBS and PBS Kids apps, so that's taken care of as well. Also, I forgot to mention one huge benefit to Direct TV Now--no contract! It's 100% month to month. I think that's true of the other services, too.

Sundance May 18, 2018 02:03 PM
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I also want to get rid of Cox but still want local news and programming. Anyone know if and how you can still get those??

StuckOnBathSt May 18, 2018 02:21 PM
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I have an indoor over the air antenna - a Mohu Leaf - and am able to get most local stations.

Yeti May 18, 2018 04:40 PM
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The best thing my family ever did was turn off television. Better options include straight internet Netflix and Amazon Prime. You really don't need anything else. if you want free live sports of any kind you can go to Team stream.com. You have lots of options with better quality, on demand and no extra cost. life is much better without it. I refuse to support the absolute crap that comes out of Hollywood.

EastBeach May 18, 2018 10:18 PM
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Was considering Sony Vue but when the Washington Post offered a year's subscription with Hulu Plus for $99/year we jumped on that (basically got Hulu Plus for free). Very happy but you need to see if they offer shows you're interested in. The lineup has new additions frequently including movies. Edhat, Noozhawk, the Indy, and KEYT's website provide more than enough local news.

Ehdat May 19, 2018 07:00 AM
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Cox business model assumes that you will eventually be cutting their TV service, they have been incrementally creeping up their internet fees for about a decade. The average bill for TV and internet was roughy 100 a month back then, and now, they know you will get rid of TV part of cable and keep the internet service and on target to get a 100 bucks out of you a month. If you are paying for both at this point, you are gold to them.

4358ed May 19, 2018 07:42 AM
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We "we cut the cord" years ago, and are pleased with the constantly increasing availability of streaming shows using our ROKU device.

pstarSR May 19, 2018 12:41 PM
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Just a heads up, they will price increase internet the same as they price increase tv service. Internet from them 8 yrs ago was ~$40/ mo for medium tier internet. same service now is ~$80/mo. all those services, SLING, hulu, apple tv, roku etc are grabbing content from the internet. they are just interfaces that help you find your content. If you have a recent "smart tv" then most will already be built in to apps loaded into the tv. the benefit of using the "apps" built into a smart tv, you have a remote to control how it works. and its usually part of the TV remote. less remote clutter ( multiple remotes ) for most moderate streaming use, medium tier internet is fine.

Luvaduck May 23, 2018 06:39 AM
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Don't use Cox TV but have maintained an account to get internet access which I do need. Short of becoming one of the people who spend hours at coffee houses and screw up the seating for customers, are there other options? I'm not a techie.

razane May 31, 2018 04:51 AM
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razane May 31, 2018 04:52 AM
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