Why it Made Sense to Cut Cable

This is not about being too busy for TV or a boastful New Year’s resolution.  I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoy shows like Modern Family, The Office and almost everything on the Discovery channel.  It just did not seem appropriate that I was spending more on my cable subscription than I was for electric or gas.  No, I did not have any sports packages or costly movie subscriptions; only your basic Comcast package.

The difference between now and last year is that we don’t have to give up our favorite shows when cancelling cable/satellite.  A large part of what a standard subscription provides can be obtained through a $20 indoor antenna and a Netflix subscription. It’s crazy to me that most people do not realize that you can get equivalent HD quality though an antenna or streaming video providers.

Quickly after jumping on the Netflix bandwagon, my Comcast receiver turned into nothing but an expensive digital clock.  It’s my humble opinion that Comcast’s CEO, Brian Robert, is misleading stockholders when stating, “Video on the Internet is more of a friend than a foe” (WSJ Market, Feb 28). Let’s be real Brian, cable TV accounts for more than 50% of your revenue – can you say Blockbuster?

The last straw for my cable subscription was the purchase of my new LED TV that is embedded with wireless internet.  With only a TV and an internet connection, I can access an array of internet apps including: Hulu Plus, Amazon’s Instant Video, Netflix, and dozens of web channels.  These features will be a standard in few years, but if you’re not in need of a TV upgrade there is an array of media receivers like Apple TV and Google TV that can do the equivalent.

Unable to give up your ESPN?  No worries, you can broadcast HD ESPN for free from your XBOX360 or similar devices.  For those of you that have grown accustom to your provider’s DVR, buy a TIVO or a PC with Windows Media Center (included with Windows 7 Home Premium or greater).

I am definitely enjoying my reduced Comcast bills; however, my fear is that when media providers lose significant revenue in result of people realizing the irrelevance of their service, the cost of internet is going to sky rocket. That’s unfortunately not far away, one of my good friends said he was paying Comcast $66/month for internet alone, yikes!  When I was traveling in Australia and New Zealand I was surprised to learn that their internet subscriptions were NOT unlimited and overage fees (as we all once experienced with our cellular subscriptions) were very common.  

Okay, enough blogging, I’m in the mood for a documentary via Netflix.


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