I Finally Cut the Cord

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  1. Papyrus_dust

    Papyrus_dust Member

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    Congratulations on your cord cutting savings! It's crazy how much it costs for TV, most of which is horrible programming, Internet, and phone.
     
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  2. wondering

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    Yes.
    I have adsl incl with my phone bill...
    About $40. Per month, but I'd have to pay that anyway so I dont consider it a "TV" expense.

    Here in Italy we also have digital tv. It has a lot of stations and is free.
    If I were raising kids I wouldnt have it in my home.
    We use it to watch Discovery, Focus, Marco Polo, and the such.
    I dont watch TV much, I'd rather be here.
    My husband watches it a lot lately because of his condition.
     
  3. Michael74

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    If you only pay $20 for cable tv, you won't save anything by going to Internet services like Netflix.
     
  4. Roro1972

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    y'all have free tv? sure different over here
     
  5. wondering

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    Yes!
    We do pay a TV tax that's about $140. per year.
    Digital TV which includes the Rai channels and all the basic channels PLUS more than 100 other channels, including news, is free.

    That's enough to satisfy most persons.
    Some religious channels are on there too. Just a few.

    My son, over there, has some complicated TV that I couldn't even figure out how to work.
    You could record and watch movies on demand, and who knows what else since I'm not that interested.

    Yeah. I can't believe what I'm reading here... (been gone from NY a long time)
     
  6. Michael74

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    Interesting. Public cable tv is $140 per year, and American private company cable (monopoly granted) tv is closer to $100 per month.
     
  7. Mike

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    What do you mean by "public cable TV"? I have never heard of such a thing. I wonder if it's regional. And $100/month is the basic price for cable or sat in my experience. Add in additional HD programming, an extra box or two for other tv's, and other options, and it's easy to be much higher. That's how Directv escalated us to $150.
     
  8. wondering

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    Why isn't public tv cable enough?
    I think it depends on what persons want to watch.
     
  9. Michael74

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    We don't have it in the USA. Some European countries have it. Its much cheaper than the US system of granting monopolies to private companies.
     
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  10. wondering

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    You MEAN...
    Europe did something RIGHT???!!!
    :shock
     
  11. Michael74

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    The European cable system is better for the majority, as its more affordable for them. The US system is better for the rich, as they get additional channels. The rich have resources to pay premium prices for cable.

    Medicine is the same. The European system is better for the majority, as national health care improves longevity for the majority. The US system is better for the rich, as they get premium care not available with national health care. Thus there is a 20 year difference in US longevity between the rich and poor.
     
  12. Roro1972

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    You are right Michael. I recently passed out and spent 3 days in the hospital. i wore a heart monitor and had blood pressure and blood sugar checked 3 time a day for 3 days. I was told they could not find anything that caused me
    to pass out. the Doc says we have some other test we could run but they are expensive and they still may not reveal anything so we will see if it happens again before we do other test. Well I have insurance and test are available why not do them why wait and see.
     
  13. jasonc

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    State sponsored monopolies can't be considered free market.govt taxes used to fund building it.

    Nuke power is insured by the tax payer and often owned by local cities in the form of bonds.
     
  14. jasonc

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    Cities own Internet ,telephone ,water aND electric grids.

    Gainsville Regional utility authority has all the above .
     
  15. Michael74

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    I don't know the details of your insurance, but your doctor may have to justify the expense to your insurance company to get approval for your tests. Managed care and PPOs in particular have a network of doctors chosen for their willingness to follow insurance company rules.
     
  16. Michael74

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    No, of course not. Cable is not a free market in the USA.
     
  17. Michael74

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    Some cities do, yes. Many others use the regulated monopoly system.
     
  18. jasonc

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    I'm familiar with this in my state ,until the cell phone and internet came along ,there was no choice of cable ,phone providers.bell south only long distance was basically a middle man paying att to give you what you could get from att directly .even on Internet its ,dish ,and or comcast,att.these two later use two different lines and only they can see you their type of lines.ie fiber optic is for att only and cable. Comcast.
     
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    Nor is electric ,water grids ,telephone grids.I'm sure some city offers cell phone service.
     
  20. Mike

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    Please, let's stay on topic. I want so badly to respond with criticism of government sponsored healthcare and examples of the inhumanity of it, but that's another topic for another thread.
     

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