Jim Rossman: Readers share cord-cutting experiencesNovember 13, 2019 4:46pm

Nov. 12-- The topic that gets the most reader feedback is cord-cutting, and my recent column on the topic was no exception. My column was about the ever-changing options for cord-cutters and whether or not people were satisfied with their options and choices.

I received a few dozen responses. Here are some highlights:

From Michael: "I for one am mainly satisfied with my decision to cut the cord two years ago. When we had Dish, we had to fight with customer service every few months after they raised our rates to get our monthly bills below $85, and when they didn't, we cut the cord and chose PlayStation for $54 a month. Now they are going under and discontinuing their streaming service, and we are looking elsewhere."

From Don: "I did indeed cut the cord by getting rid of my Dish Network subscription, simply because I was paying around $117/month for 253 (I think) channels, of which I watched about 30. I had to get that many channels in order to get the ones I actually wanted. I really wish Dish would institute an a la carte type of service where you pay X amount for Y number of channels. It'll never happen, but a boy can dream. :-)"

From Marty: "I am not truly satisfied with what we are paying, but it is still better than what we were doing before cutting the cord. Until we stop watching so much TV or go bare bones and only use Netflix like some people we know, I am resigned to what we are paying now."

From Susan: "We cut the cord over three years ago and continue to tell each other it's one of the best things we've done. Much more content for far less money. We have not made any changes in our original subscription choices (Sling, Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime) because we really like them all. The only adjustment we've made is to buy, at $5 per month each, two additional channel groups for expanded Sling programming in movies (we like TCM) and news (we like MSNBC). The original programming on some services we would not want to give up, especially HBO, which has had some incredible programs."

From Marcus: "For months I was a Sling subscriber, but I only occasionally watched CNN or Food Network. Recently I went over-the-air only in North Dallas. Wish I had done that sooner. Great antenna reception even during tornado north of me."

I could go on, but everyone is in the same boat. We all want the content that suits our likes without having to pay for what we don't like.

We may never get everything we want, but I think we'll get closer.

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Lots of readers have also asked me to recommend a company that installs over-the-air antennas in Dallas-Fort Worth. I'm not familiar with anyone who provides that service, so I'll ask here. Does anyone have a recommendation? Drop me an email at jrossman@dallasnews.com.

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