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, LED (2), flat-tube, '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 (3)
Chromecast streaming media player
TiVo, Netflix, Amazon Prime subscriptions
Legacy sources: Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, Wii, karaoke, HD radio, FM, CD, cassette, turntable.
2 Windows 10 PCs, each with USB TV tuner / free Windows Media Center DVR software / live & recorded TV playable via Raspberry Pi, streamable via Emby server/apps.
Also on Win 10 PCs: free Plex Media Server software / music-TV-movie libraries playable via Roku, Chromecast, or Pi.
Raspberry Pi 3 as front end home theater computer w/ free OSMC, plus ServerWMC & Plex addon to access Win 10 PCs.
2nd Pi 3 as Windows-style PIXEL Raspbian computer w/ Chromium browser.
Logitech Harmony 890 universal remote
X10 5-in-1 learning universal remote
Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse
Wifi smartphones, tablet
Amazon Echo Dot voice-controlled device
Powerline network adapter (4)
Gigabit Ethernet switch (2)
Kinovo remote/auto HDMI switch
Philips automatic composite switch
HDfury Gamer2 HDMI converter
Analog video sender / receiver
RadioShack remote control A|B switch
X10 home automation