Recently I took a hard look at our household’s spending on phone, Internet, and cable TV. YIKES!!!!!!!!!
We have Comcast cable TV (no premium channels), Verizon FIOS Internet, and Verizon Wireless (3 cell phones) and no home phone land line – one of the cell phones stays put at the house and serves as our home phone.
|Comcast Digital Starter||59.31|
|Comcast DVR service||9.95|
|Comcast franchise cost||0.22|
|Comcast Digital Classic||13.95 (WTF is this?)|
|Verizon Cell phone 1||110.00 Nationwide Talk/Text FS 1400|
|Verizon Cell phone 1||29.99 Smartphone data plan|
|Verizon Cell phone 1||12.56 taxes, surcharges, bull|
|Verizon Cell phone 1 total||$152.55|
|Verizon Cell phone 2||12.95|
|Verizon Cell phone 3||12.95|
|Cell phone subtotal||181.13|
That’s $3,742.44 per year. WTF!.
So I’m looking at alternatives. Internet is the only item that is required though I might consider a lesser service if there was one. Some options I’m considering:
- Moving TV/Internet to a single provider to get a better bundle price. It looks like I could get the same TV/Net service I have now from Verizon or Comcast for about $110-$120. Still too much.
- Buy a digital antenna and live with over-the-air broadcast digital TV or bottom end cable service. I could supplement the meager channel selection with Internet content. This would take some effort to get the Internet content onto my TV in a convenient manner. This could be a laptop or some streaming solution.
- Set-top TV/Internet box. There are several set-top boxes that have some level of Internet. The Roku box is one. Tivo has one. None are ideal because they all offer some small subset of Internet content.
- One device that is looking attractive is ths Sezmi set-top box It has a honking 1TB DVR and digital antenna. The bottom end service is $4.95 which basically just gives you digital broadcast TV and DVR. The $19.95 service gives you cable channels that come over your internet connection. There’s not a lot but the ones they have are good – SyFy, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network. The downside to this device is that you have the bogus “channel” concept for Internet access. This means I can’t just fire up a browser, download a show and watch it. It has to be on some pre-packaged Sezmi channel.
- Pure Internet set-top – The Neuros Link is an interesting device. It seems to give pure Internet but I’m not sure if it would suffice.
What to do? I’m really pissed off with the money I’m paying for phone, TV, and Internet. Sezmi seems like the best choice especially if I could combine it with some solution that could get pure Internet on my TV.
Confused, still looking, and open to advice.