It means discontinuing cable/satellite TV service and getting rid of a landline phone.
Alternatives include over-the-air antenna TV, Netflix and other streaming services, cell and internet phone.
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Ooma Telo internet phone device
TVs: plasma, Roku TV, LED (2), ’83 CRT
TiVo Roamio OTA 4-tuner DVR
TiVo Mini extender (2)
Mohu Sky 60 powered outdoor antenna
Mohu Curve 50 powered indoor ant
Winegard FlatWave pwrd indoor ant (2)
Winegard FlatWave unpwrd indoor ant
Roku streaming media player (2)
Chromecast streaming media player
TiVo, Netflix, MLB, Amazon Prime subscriptions
Legacy sources: Blu-ray, DVD, VCR, Wii, karaoke, HD radio, FM, CD, cassette, turntable.
ADVANCED / OPTIONS:
Windows 10 PC with USB TV tuner & antenna; free Windows Media Center DVR software; Plex and Emby server/app software for live TV/DVR/movie-TV library, playable via Roku, Chromecast, Pi, Android devices.
2nd Windows 10 PC with Plex music library playable by all the above devices, plus Alexa.
Raspberry Pi 3/OSMC(Kodi) media center computer (2)
Android TV box w/Chrome, Kodi, etc. apps
(Now dormant: Pi 3 as Windows-style computer on Raspbian OS w/ Chromium browser.}
Logitech Harmony 890 remote (theater)
Logitech Harmony 650 remote (den/bdrm)
X10 5-in-1 learning remote (den)
Amazon Alexa voice-controlled device (4)
Android wifi tablet (2)
Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse
Powerline network adapter (2)
Gigabit Ethernet switch (2)
Kinovo remote/auto HDMI switch
Philips automatic composite switch
X10 analog video sender / receiver
Pinnacle Video Transfer dvc (VHS to .mp4)
Ion USB turntable (vinyl to .wav/.mp3)
Cassette to .mp3 converter
RadioShack remote control A|B switch
X10 home automation