Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I'm Saying GOODBYE To Cable!!!
Okay....so I decided over the weekend that I am saying goodbye to cable! *tears, tears, and more tears
My cable went out on me for like 40 minutes or so Saturday night.....and this happens more often than it should, not for that long of a time but...it still happens.
I currently have the Internet/cable bundle with Time Warner. Up until September of last year (or 2009) I was paying less than a $100 for this. That promotion ended so my bill kept increasing on a monthly basis. It went from $98 to $105 to a whopping $120/mo!
So I called Time Warner Saturday night when my cable went out; while I was on the phone with them I mentioned that I may be letting cable go altogether. They offered to lower my current package down to $105. Then they told me if I downgrade to basic cable with the Internet it could be approximately $85-90/mo. With only Internet its approximately $50/mo.
After thinking about this for a short period of time, I told them to come pick up the box! So on Jan. 26th I will let my cable go!
I haven't been without cable in 9 years!! So how will this affect me?
Well for the most part, a lot of my TV shows that I MUST SEE come on the regular channels like CBS, NBC, ABC...and I can find them online. I already watch my movies online....and since a lot of my shows come on the same day at the same time I was watching them a day or so late anyway....so....it won't be that much of a difference.
Recently I've been watching TV in the mornings to watch The Early Show on Channel 2 just to get weather updates and see what they are talking about. But I'm not a news watcher and I'm not a sports watcher.
I was thinking of getting a Netflix account again. I was a Netflixer back a few years ago...and I liked them. They now have the Watch Instantly thing going on with movies and TV shows. You can stream on your PC/Mac or on your TV through a certain device like your gaming console, Roku, Blu Ray Player etc.
I just read about the Roku thing over the weekend. It's not that expensive to get. I don't mind looking at movies & shows on my computer monitor but if I can watch on the TV screen that's great! The Roku has other channels too that can be added to the channel store. For hard to find shows on the Internet, I may get a subscription package to Netflix that includes DVD rental as well as the watch instantly feature; its just $2 more.
I haven't decided just yet how I'm going to handle all this. Netflix will definitely come in handy for catching up on past seasons of a particular show that may not be available online. For instance, I've been trying to watch the first season of Justified. I've found videos but with free content comes complications like the dreaded buffering! So sometimes its just not worth trying to watch the movie or show if it's going to buffer every 5 seconds...so Netflix would be good for that.
So the main reason I'm saying goodbye to cable...MONEY!
Going with the Internet only plan and a Netflix subscription would probably cost me about $50-55/mo. If I do decide to get the Roku later that could cost about $60-100 (but its a one time fee).
Yes, I can afford to continue to pay $120....but why? Saving $70 a month will do me good. I've already found another place where that money can go! ha!
So we'll see how this goes....Sunday I kept my TV off all day (trying to prepare myself)....I only turned it on at 10p to watch the reunion of the Atlanta Housewives.
I'll keep you posted.....