Originally Posted by amyevans
What about television programmes? Or was I wrong in thinking it had both...?
Netflix has a ton of TV programs. My family and I have been gorging on whole series that we never saw...some of the Law & Order offshoots, Friday Night Lights, various PBS mystery series. And my two kids can watch stuff on their laptops at college off our account. Also set up my mother to watch on the iPad I gave her, again using our account but I think she hasn't figured it out. As a result I consider Netflix streaming to be the deal of the century...at least until we run out of stuff we want to watch.
As far as the best value in cable offerings, it's all about learning to negotiate with them. The key is to strip it down to basic cable and then after a period call them up and tell them that you cannot afford your service. You have to very specifically say that you cannot afford it, not that you are paying for stuff you don't watch, or don't want, or that you feel like you are paying too much. If you tell them you can't afford it that triggers a customer service script in which they will offer you discounts to keep you as a customer.
When we moved six or so months ago we ditched landline service because we both have cell phones, get a great signal at the house, and no one but telemarketers were calling our old landline anyway. That allowed us to drop the cost 25% right there. The sales person kept throwing different monthly charges at me when I was setting up new service and I kept saying "can't afford it." and that helped chisel it down further.
Also, at least with Verizon, if you even hint at having received poor service they will dole out some freebies to you like six months of Showtime or something. I think in fact that they expect that you'll forget to cancel it when it is no longer free so you need to be vigilant about that approach lol.