After many years of a love=hate relationship with paid cable tv we decided last week to give it up. There were several longstanding annoyances that led up to us finally deciding to pull the plug:
- paying for someone to advertise to me
I actually remember when cable tv was appealing because it had few or no commercials.
- paying for 800+ channels 24/7 when I only really DVR'ed and watched a handful of shows each week.
- whenever I did sit down to just watch something live while sipping a cup of coffee or something clicking repeatedly through 800+ channel and finding NOTHING worth watching.
- the simple reality that all the shows we watch are now posted online for free by the network, or they can be bought for a much smaller fee than the sum total cable tv bill for a month.
That's just a few, but the most obvious and highly contributory factors. Last night I watched my first two shows from the computer that I did not have DVR'ed due to no longer having the service. It was easy (fewer commercials too) and overall a pleasant experience. I had to wait one extra night after they aired but usually we don't watch shows the night or even the week they were aired.
So, that's a report on our latest experiment. We are now paid (subscription) tv free!