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So our household has two digital cable boxes w/ DVRs from our local cable monopoly and phone company. One in my room, and one in living room. I know people here have eliminated cable from their lifes completely in here, so I'm wondering if, directly or in the long run, I could save money from going another route.

I honestly haven't looked up that much information and just made a thread, but what alternatives are there to digital cable? I never use the DVR in mine, and I only watch a handful of channels (99% sports, including local FoxSports South, to catch all my Braves games). But the same cannot be said for my parents, who use the DVR daily and watch just about everything, including local news.

Not really sure what I'm asking, I just want to know if there is something we can do/buy to keep the channels we watch, as well as record them, but eliminate the connection with our cable company?
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I would use a digital antenna to catch all the local stations, therefore a lot of the sports games and news stations. If you have a TV made within the past decade I'm sure it has a digital OTA tuner. Beyond that I would probably get a Netflix subscription to watch entire series. I really don't watch a series until it is finished, unless it is Doctor Who. With that I just stream it before it even hits the shores. For that, Project Free TV is your friend.

TL;DR: If your broadband network can facilitate good video streaming, dump cable. Dump them right now.
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is satellite an option? Sports channels are some of the worst to try and get without the packages. Until the licensing structure gets re-worked if you really want to watch sports you are pretty much stuck with cable, satellite, or buying season tickets.
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Yeah sport and a few other programs that aren't available on Hulu or Netflix are the only reason I still use cable. Although I bought a centon tuner for the new rig and been loving it so far, so I may stick around with cable. I'd say if you are willing to view sports entirely by stream, then go with Netflix + Hulu+ combo (some people may dislike hulu because you pay $8 and still get ads but I'm not really upset at that).
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is satellite an option? Sports channels are some of the worst to try and get without the packages. Until the licensing structure gets re-worked if you really want to watch sports you are pretty much stuck with cable, satellite, or buying season tickets.

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Yeah sport and a few other programs that aren't available on Hulu or Netflix are the only reason I still use cable. Although I bought a centon tuner for the new rig and been loving it so far, so I may stick around with cable. I'd say if you are willing to view sports entirely by stream, then go with Netflix + Hulu+ combo (some people may dislike hulu because you pay $8 and still get ads but I'm not really upset at that).

Sucks that that's true for sports. I really don't watch anything on TV but sports. I guess a good thing is I get a nice amount of networks from my package that includes ESPNews, ESPNU, NBC Sports, Big Ten Network, CBS Network, as well as the NHL/NFL/MLB Network and NFL RedZone. Unless I can find a decently cheap way to get all these channels I'll have to stick with digital cable for now.
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