- Personal Finance
Cutting the Cable Cord
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.