Roku 3 + Hockeystreams + Netflix = cut cord
I had been a BellTV subscriber almost since they launched their initial Satellite offerings in the mid-90s. Went through the SD to HD transition, added new LNB's, cut down trees that grew up and blocked the signal, eventually raised my dish. Essentially, I gave Bell on the average about ~$100 per month for the past 180 months. For my ~$18,000 spent, I got 20-30 call minute hold times, shows programmed when the networks wanted, hundreds of dollars in upgrade costs when I wanted new HD equipment or a PVR, hours and hours of blaring commercials and a fairly good picture quality on most stations (probably 200+ in the guide and 5-10 that we actually watched).
I've also been a SageTV user since 2005 and invested time and money to build an excellent whole home PVR that automated program recording, skipped commercial content automatically, integrated our home photos, videos and music all on a single device. The solution was so good, that Google purchased Sage about 18 months ago and now use them for their Google Fiber STB and DVR offering -- kept online support for the product alive (thankfully) but stopped all further development.
In the end, the quality of network programming has dropped so much, that our home TV habits never see us watch major network shows, so paying for a large monthly subscription and running the Sage service at home was no longer worth it. In our house we now watch a combination of NHL hockey, some kids cartoons via YouTube and a couple of good niche shows on Netflix (Breaking Bad, Californication, Mad Men, House of Cards etc).
So, this past week, I cut the cord. Purchased a new Roku 3, and on the Roku added a subscription to Hockeystreams.com (all NHL, AHL, Junior games in HD) added in the Netflix channel and several other interesting ones. Total investment $110 (Roku), $120 (Hockeystreams) + $96 (annually for Netflix). My monthly cost drops from ~$100 to $18. I get better content, watched when and where I want and I am a happy guy.
I will now be retiring my SageTV server, all the content recording and streaming gear. I will probably shut off about 40lbs of equipment that gets replaced by a Roku box that is the size of a small pack of smokes.