Cut the cord

We’ve been living without it since October 2009. For nearly 2 years we’ve been cable-TV-less. We cut the cord when we moved out of our small apartment and into a house. We wanted to understand what our new lifestyle as homeowners. Unsure of our new bills and responsibilities to maintaining our home, we promised to just wait a few months before calling our local cable company and plugging back in. A few months turned into spring then summer and before you knew it we didn’t miss it.

We thought we would. We really did, but we didn’t. We didn’t miss sitting down and surfing through hundreds of channels only to find nothing we wanted to watch. We didn’t miss having to call because our cable went out. We didn’t miss having our DVR breakdown, only to lose all of its content. We didn’t miss having to call the cable company and enter our account number and work through the computer before finally getting someone to help us. When push came to shove cable TV provides mediocre programing at a premium price and it wasn’t reliable.

What do we watch? Broadcast TV- GASP. No, seriously we do. We purchased an HD antenna and love the additional PBS programming on WXXI that’s available. It’s a much better picture than basic cable provided. We also watch Hulu on our TV after purchasing a $5 HDMI cable.

The downfall, while our monthly expense on cable-TV is gone, we pay more for our internet service since we no longer package it with cable-TV. That being said, we are still saving nearly $1,000 per year.

And that’s how we cut the cord.


6 Replies to “Cut the cord”

  1. We have not had cable TV for as long as I’ve lived in Texas – six years and counting! And I don’t miss it a bit. Between Netflix Instant, Hulu, and shows on DVD, we’re never pining for things to watch. And it guarantees that we aren’t watching things mindlessly, but with purpose, which I appreciate. Down with cable! πŸ™‚

    1. 6 years-wow! That is exactly how we feel. Plus, it’s how we found Dexter, True Blood and Mad Men! PS. I added you to my blogroll, I hope that’s ok!

  2. LOL Rosi — I just got an HD antenna for my TV last week and was AMAZED at the quality. With Apple TV, the airwaves, and a DVI-to-HDMI converter for my computer, I am sure I won’t be missing cable any time soon. You’re right about the higher cost of broadband though, especially with turbo.

    1. Isn’t it great! Check out some of the WXXI programming. We were hoping that internet TV-Boxee and Apple TV would get a few more channels before going down that road.

  3. Rosi- WXXI is my absolute favorite tv station in the world. I don’t think my husband will ever be a guy that goes cable-less, but we will continue to enjoy PBS, especially the concerts and children’s programming. Who doesn’t love Sesame Street?

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