Cable-Free: One Year and Counting



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:

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.

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  1. says

    I cut cable two years ago and haven’t looked back. I miss being able to watch Orioles games, but the audio from the MLB At Bat app goes a long way to fill the gap. DirecTV and cable companies seem antiquated when I can stream Netflix and pretty much any other video from the web to my Apple TV. Now if HBO and MLB could get out from under the thumb of their cable and satellite contracts, I’d be more than willing to pay for the content I want!

  2. says

    I cut the cord last year, was more than okay with it, and then moved and got a really really good deal for cable, but am still contemplating re-cutting the cord.

  3. Eva says

    we not only stopped cable but all TV when we moved four months ago. best. decision. ever. we now spend our nights with books, puppy walks and complicated meals!

  4. says

    I’m such a spaz…I read this title and first saw “Calorie Free” instead of Cable free!!! Bout had a heart attack!

    Anyway, we’ve been cable free here for about two years now, and it is awesome! We have the Roku with HuluPlus, Netflix and Amazon Prime and Apple TV…so really we probably have more than we did before! But you’re right, the only thing that’s hard to live without is the sports, and I’m not sure what we’ll do for the Olympics in a couple of weeks!

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