I have been meaning to write this post for awhile now. It came to mind recently as a few people have asked me again how it's going.
So earlier this spring we cut the cord on cable. It started off by Aaron tracking what we watched on TV. Turned out most of it was on network television (not counting movies).
Watch every week
FOX - House, Glee, Bones, Fringe, Family Guy
ABC - Modern Family
SCIFI - Warehouse 13
HBO - True Blood
Food Network - Giada at Home, Everyday Italian, Nigella, Good Eats
Discovery Channel - Dirty Jobs, Auction Kings, Mythbusters
Hallmark Channel - Martha
DIY Network - House Hunters
PBS - Antique Roadshow, America's Test Kitchen
So we stopped cable completely, returned the DVR, bought a digital antennae for about $20, a Roku for $100, added Netflix streaming (recently went up to $16 for 1 DVD and the streaming) and added Hulu Plus for $8 a month. We kept TW Roadrunner for high speed internet to run everything on. It's about $30. But we were paying that before.
$120 one time cost + $54 monthly cost = a heck of a lot less than cable.
So how has it been without cable.
If I miss one of my network shows live - they are all on Hulu Plus.
They are putting interesting things on Hulu Plus - just watched The Piano. All the old Incredible Hulk episodes are there too.
I watch a lot of good stuff on Netflix - old movies I forgot about but love (Robocop), older movies I missed (Forget Paris) and TV shows I missed (The Tudors).
If you have kids there are a lot of Nickolodeon shows on Netflix streaming.
Most new movie releases are available on Amazon streaming - a SD new release is $2 for 48 hours... I watched Red Riding Hood, I am Number Four and Beastly on Amazon - was pretty happy with the experience.
We are paying $24 a month! ($54 if you count the internet connection.)
TV episodes typically aren't avaible on Hulu Plus until the next day.
Some Hulu Plus shows are only available on the computer, like Fringe. I can't watch Fringe episodes on the Roku or even my iPad. Only the computer. Many of the cable shows like The Barefoot Contessa are like that. Or they direct you to the cable webpage to watch it like Deadliest Catch.
Not everything is on Netflix. There isn't a huge selections of new movie releases. They are older movies, B movies and independent and foreign films.
Stuff comes and goes on Netflix. The Social Network and Pushing Daisies used to be available streaming, now they are not.
I do miss True Blood
and Warehouse 13 (oh hey, Warehouse 13 is on Hulu - nevermind!). I have been going to Tina's house to watch True Blood on Sunday nights. If I didn't have her, well I guess I would wait for it to come out on DVD and get it through Netflix.
Overall - Am I happy we cut the cord? Yes.
PS - Roku just announced a $60 box and you can play Angry Birds on the the higher end $100 box!