We cut the cable! Woo-hoo!

We finally did it:  We dropped cable TV and our land line phone, saving lots of money and not really giving anything up.  The only people who ever called the land line were solicitors and our parents, so we switched to mobile only.

We added HD antennas, so we still get the channels we want (we watch very, very little TV).  And we got a pleasant surprise: Our TIVO will record off the antenna.

We also bought Rokus.  Mrs. Eternity Matters found a few things she likes on the Roku, such as a Pilates channel, music channels, access to the Sirius account, and more.  And Netflix and Amazon streaming are way faster on the Roku than on TIVO.

I must say it was a lot of fun to return the TV hardware to Comcast.  We are keeping our Internet service with them.  I got a good deal for this year at least — a little less than U-verse for theoretically higher speeds, plus we don’t have to change email addresses.

Unlike Rat, I don’t care if I don’t have ESPN.
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9 thoughts on “We cut the cable! Woo-hoo!”

  1. We’ve never had anything but rabbit ears, which leaves us with few choices in channels, especially being behind hills. And when storms come through we lose half of what we do get. But we don’t do much TV anyway. We have purchased many movies over the past 30 years, and if we feel like sitting down to “veg out” we grab one of our movies.

    As for land line telephone, we will keep it because only those we want to ensure communication with – friends – get our cell phone numbers.


  2. Woo hoo is right! We got rid of DirecTV and haven’t looked back. Between netflix, hulu, amazon prime, and our roku, we have more than we can even think about starting to watch (so we don’t) available, and our monthly bill dropped from seventy something to twenty something. And there are no contracts with these streaming channels, so we can cancel at any time if we feel our money is being wasted. DirecTV has been trying to tempt us to come back by offering “great” deals. Every time I receive a letter offering a “deal,” I look at it, laugh out loud, crumple it up, and toss it in the trash.


  3. What’s the sports situation with your new arrangement, Neil? There are a few shows I tivo, but overall, I watch sports most. I need access to Bulls, Bears, Sox and Cubs.


  4. Sports is the only thing I watch and unfortunately cable is still the only good option. I’m hoping for some better streaming options for it in the future. I could care less about anything on Netflix or Amazon Prime.


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