I did it. I cut the cord. I have ditched my cable.
I still have a high speed internet connection through the cable company, but no cable television. Monthly savings: about $75. And what will I miss? Not much. I have Roku boxes attached to TVs in three different rooms in my house to allow for streaming. I have subscriptions to Hulu+, Netflix, and Amazon Prime (and yes…I was already paying for those before I cut the cord). Most of the TV shows I care about are available through Hulu+. Most of the rest are available through Amazon or through CBS.com. Most of the remainder of what I watch is drivel. I can easily find mind-numbing comfort TV on Hulu+ and Netflix. I just have to actively select my drivel rather than just stumbling into it in a remote-flipping haze.
It’s an experiment. I may end up hating it (but after one week I’ve barely noticed). I’m a little nervous about losing access to live sports, specifically Penn State football games. But I have a radio. I can listen to a couple of games a month. And for those games I really don’t want to miss? The money I save by not having cable can easily fund watching those important games from the comfort of my favorite brewpub.
Will I cave in and decide that I just can’t live without football and Doctor Who? Or will I reap savings for years to come? Only time will tell.
How much do you spend on cable/satellite TV? Care to join me on my money-saving journey?