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Cutting the Cable Cord

Updated on September 16, 2012
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Getting Rid of Cable

My wife and I have an addiction. Not an addiction in need of an intervention, but definitely one that is close. We love TV. We thoroughly enjoy watching primetime television and have a great need for cable/satellite television on a daily basis. We both use television as a nightly stress reliever, similar to my need for writing. Right now we are loyal subscribers to DirecTV. I love the never ending supply of channels and content. My wife can’t get enough of the millions of shows dedicated to designing homes and cooking food. I didn’t realize that cupcakes could be so intriguing for an hour’s time.

The problem is that the recent economy has put a strain on what we label as necessities in our household. When we sit down and examine the budget, TV has always stayed toward the top of the list. Recently, however, TV is looking less important. My wife and I both feel like the $100 we spend on TV could be used for something else. The idea of “cutting the cord” has become a very controversial topic in our household. The dialogue goes from losing sports channels to missing Chuggington (for my son), but ultimately it seems like it is going to be a step we have to make to live comfortably.

In recent years this would make the neck of the loyal couch potato cringe, but with the invention of new technologies the idea of “cutting the cord” is looking up. My house is Wi-Fi wired. Every nook and cranny has internet access and as long as the electricity stays on my house will stay like this. Because of household internet connectivity TV boxes have become the answer for potential cord cutters. My wife and I recently purchased two boxes to try out before we finalize our decision. We purchased the Apple TV box and the Roku box from Amazon. Both boxes are relatively cheap and provide great content.

Being an Apple fan, I thought for sure that the Apple TV would be my choice. The box provides great ITunes content and allows users to watch Netflix on your TV. I frequently get ITunes gift cards for holidays and love being able to utilize that money to access content. My wife has slowly showed me the joys of the Roku. The Roku provides a boat load of content and access to Amazon Prime. We are a house divided when it comes to technology and my wife’s Kindle Fire makes her an Amazon user. Amazon is great for content and also allows people to purchase gift cards (or earn gift cards) for users. The other advantage of the Roku is that it is “unlocked” per say. The restrictions are not as strenuous as Apple’s. Both boxes provide the user with great content and are very simple to use. You are required to purchase a subscription for programs like Netflix and Amazon Prime, but $20 a month is a lot cheaper than the $100 we are paying.

If you are in the same boat as my family and desire some monthly savings don’t worry about the initial cost. After one month you will be happy that you spent the $100 to subtract that hefty monthly bill. My wife and I both feel like we will still be able to access all of our shows and get great content from these boxes. The TV experience may not be the same, but the outcomes will, relaxation.


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    • cathysue5924 profile image

      cathysue5924 5 years ago from USA

      We haven't had " pay " TV for at least 3 years. We do pay for Netflix. Anyways you can only watch one show at a time, with commercials all the time. I have two teenagers and they also agree we don't miss it. We have just a simple digital antenna. We can get a couple of stations.

      Good luck to you and yours.

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      Tyler Tobin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the comment, I love Netflix. I agree that TV is becoming dangerous and I limit my sons watching daily.

      Tyler

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      Tyler Tobin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the great comment! I am with you on the re-runs.

      Tyler

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      We have been without cable for almost a year now and do not miss it. We can get the basic three prime networks which we never watch and about 5-6 others through the digital television. We have Netflix for nine dollars a month and my son and I find all we want on there. America's addiction to television is insidious and even dangerous. Thanks for a useful and interesting Hub.

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      Richie Mogwai 5 years ago from Vancouver

      You are right about cable service. Since I discovered Netflix my cable watching activities has gone down considerably. Still I would not give up the service because it's provided free in the apartment building where I am staying. Cable here is more than basic, there's up to like more than 40 channels, Showcase and Bravo being my favorite. However, after being addicted to it for a year, I have been watching less and less, especially since most of what I see when I turn on the TV are reruns. Mostly I just watch cable for the latest news and weather report.

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      Tyler Tobin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the comment, the Roku is great.

      Tyler

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I "divorced" my cable company. I wrote a Hub about that. I have a Roku box and I use Netflix for movies. TV is just trash anymore. I haven't even missed cable!

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Tyler Tobin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Haha, the withdrawal symptoms only come from missing a big sports event. I like how you say we have to pay for the privilege to watch commercials. I would rather the companies send me an email and give me a cut then have to suffer through them on TV. Thanks for the kind comments and I wish you continued success.

      P.S. I don't think I would need TV at all if I lived in Costa Rica!

      Tyler

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      Casimiro 5 years ago

      I was never a big fan of cable. So many channels, but very few we'd watch and we had to pay for the privilege of watching commercials. We ditched the TV entirely a few years ago and subsist mostly on downloading older TV shows and movies as they come out on DVD. I think you made a great adjustment in your budget and I hope the withdrawal symptoms don't last long. :)

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      We don't have cable (or dish) in our home. We get about 4 basic channels & don't watch much TV at all. If we are going to plunk down in front of something rather than being active, we have educational games for the PC and some DVD's to watch together on family movie night.

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      Tyler Tobin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      We are going to go with the Roku. The Roku has access to Amazon which has the same content as iTunes. The Roku also has great channels for kids. The Roku does not lock down content and is gaining new channels daily. There is no subscription fee for the Roku after the initial cost. The prime membership cost $78 a year and the Hulu Plus is 7.99 a month, which runs about $10 for the month.

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, cutting the chord would be difficult in our household. But, worthy of consideration! It seems like the bill gets a little higher every month, and we don't even have the "premium" channels. Do you know which one your household is going to subscribe to? Or do you plan on keeping both?