Today I had to make some changes. Been a Cable customer for years ... got surprised with another rate increase as my phone bill had increased earlier. Total monthly cost for phone, Internet, and TV was about $105 USD. The first rate increase was the phone, then cable (and even more for HD programing, as we were still buying the basic "analog" package) until my monthly cost was going to be about $145 USD. Social Security Disability did not get an increase last year and will not get one this coming year but my costs continue to rise. By adding Internet service from a_double_t to my phone bill (savings good for one year) and using dish_net (savings also good for one year of two year contract) my cost now is $85 USD this year and something like $110 USD the next year barring other rate increases. Still less than the original $145 USD.
I am already missing cable. It is so easy to purchase devices that will record programming off of cable. With satellite, you have to pay for every tuner used ... one tuner for each TV, one tuner for each channel you might want to record. If there are three programs scheduled in the same time slot, you need three tuners. There just is no other way around it. And you must pay a service fee if you are going to use a DVR to record, which just adds more expense.
So today, I have a new IP address!