BUT FIRST: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY MOMMY AND DADDY!
A little more than a year ago, Lucas and I took a deep breath…and cut our cable. We’d been considering it for several months, as we watched our cable bill go higher and higher and our budget get lower and lower.
We considered it an experiment — if we really missed our shows, we’d get cable back. If not, we’d live with our over-the-air signal, Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions.
So what happened? We didn’t miss it. Honestly, not for more than a moment or two (it’s been very hard to live without ESPN, but we manage).
And this week, I had two reminders that when you’re beholden to your cable or satellite provider, you can get screwed:
- Hearst Yanks Stations From Time Warner Cable (including WESH here in Orlando)
Viewers of those channels are stuck waiting for the companies to work out a deal…a pain in the butt, if you ask me.
Our cable-free lives have changed slightly from when we first got rid of the box. We are still using the Roku box, which I absolutely love. But instead of the homemade antenna, we upgraded (in our living room and in the bedroom) to a $50 flat-panel antenna (no aff link) that seems to have better range and more consistency. For the two antenna, it was still cheaper than a month of cable.
We’ve also gotten much more used to the OTA offerings and schedule. Because of the sub-channels, we get some pretty good stuff (for me: reruns of Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory; for him: M*A*S*H*, Daniel Boone).
If I could, I’d still pay extra for some luxuries — say, five premium channels and a DVR. But I honestly don’t miss all of the bells and whistles that we had in our cable days.