I’m about to tell my cable company to turn off the TV and phone services and only give me Internet. So I will be streaming all my TV shows and making land line phone calls through a device that connects the phones to my computer.

I will update this post so you can all see how I’m doing.

My plan is to buy a Tivo Bolt, presumably with the one-year subscription plan, which will be $150/year, and still pay $45/month to RCN for just Internet. Then there will be a Sling subscription, which should have all the shows we watch, that will be $20 or $25/mo. All that is still much less than the $165/mo cable is costing now – plus that seems to go up constantly!

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Victor Preston · August 9, 2017 at 3:54 pm

UPDATE: I have now installed a TiVo BOLT. This involved returning the cable boxes and RCN’s TiVo back to RCN, but then I got a cable card instead which gets installed in the BOLT and enables TV over cable just like before. I had some trouble because the first BOLT did not in fact work, but when I replaced it everything worked. The down side is that, although the BOLT allows me to stream shows off the internet from various vendors, Sling is not one of them, which is the only way we can stream Turner Classic Movies as far as I know. This means that copying movies off the TCM stream is very difficult (although possible). However that makes them inaccessible to Susan unless she asks me to do it, AND I’m willing to take the time. That’s why, for the time being, we’re still paying RCN for access to TV. That means that the cord-cutting so far is saving very little money. The easy answer would be for TiVo to access Sling in the same way it currently does with Hulu and Netflix, but that requires decisions on TiVo’s part that we have no control over. I CAN access Sling using Roku, but then copying to local hard drive… well I don’t see an easy way to do it.
The one saving grace of the new system is that the BOLT can directly access my local hard drive, giving Susan access to everything we’ve recorded (more than a thousand videos…)

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