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Why Am I Getting Rid of Cable?
It’s getting expensive
I’m getting rid of cable because I checked out my bill online for last month and realized that I was paying AT&T $124.21 every month for my television service. If you throw in the price of my internet, then the total bill is at $208.21. This is no small chunk of change, and frankly, it has been creeping up to that amount for a while now, and I’ve finally gotten annoyed enough to do something about it.
We don’t even watch all the channels
Don’t get me wrong, the service is excellent, we have every channel that we could ever need, and I’ve really had no issues with AT&T for the last year that we’ve had the service. The problem is that I’m paying $124.21 for services that I’m not actually using. We currently have a package with 300 channels and out of that number we watch a total of 12 channels. That’s it. Trust me; I counted them up last night. And two of those channels really only get watched during football season (looking at you ESPN and SEC Network) so really what is the point of even having them?
I think as consumers we can get so wrapped up in the “possibilities” that you have with 300 channels without really stopping to think about the realities of what actually happens. Have you ever wondered how many you are watching? Can you even name more than 15 channels? I had a hard time remembering just the ones that we watched on a regular basis! In my opinion, holding on to the idea of “channel possibilities” is no excuse for not getting rid of cable in the modern day.
There are more options now than ever before
When it comes to alternatives to cable we are currently in somewhat of a renaissance period. We have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. and the list goes on. There are paid options, free options, and a la carte options. They serve up classics, modern favorites, and lately even their own productions. Think about how TV has been up until recently. You turned on the TV and checked to see what was ON. There may have been lots of channels to choose from, but you were still limited to what was actually playing at that moment.
What if you loved the movie, but it was halfway over? Tough. When was it coming on again? Who knows? Does anyone remember the “channel channel”?
Today’s technology has answered two big problems with the old style of serving up content:
- The When – You can search through every available episode, movie, trailer, whatever and play it whenever you want. Not only that, but you can pause it, replay it, fast forward it, and basically control the playback in any way that you want. Total control.
- The Where – Are you at home on the couch? Are you in the car? Travelling? In a hotel? Waiting at the DMV? Well, now you can take your content with you virtually anywhere you go by playing it on your smartphone or a tablet. No lugging around a TV, a cable box, an antenna, or anything. Total control.
I’m not someone that is usually glued to their TV or smartphone watching movies, but I greatly enjoy the flexibility that I have these days in doing what I want, whenever I want! I have been hesitant in the past because of the newness of the technology, but I think we’ve long reached the point where getting rid of cable won’t be limiting our enjoyment.
Oh and by the way, did I mention that most of these options don’t have commercials?
What Will I Use Instead?
One of the biggest gripes that my wife had when we discussed getting rid of cable is that she would miss out on a couple of her favorite networks and that we wouldn’t be able to watch football during the college season. I then began my search for some type of network replacement service, and I re-discovered a service that I had read about a couple of years ago but hadn’t realized that it had actually become a reality. This service is Sling TV. This service essentially offers to stream of a few select networks for a much lower rate than your typical cable provider. Here is my current setup: