Thursday, April 11, 2013

We got rid of cable

Last week we said good-bye to our souped up cable with HD and HBO and Showtime and downgraded to just the 20 regular channels you can get with a digital converter.  This saves a bunch of money each month with just basic cable and internet service. I truthfully don't watch a whole lot of tv, but there are definitely things I miss:
  • HGTV - I love that channel even though I am not into remodeling or anything. But I will give my opinion on your redecorating, or house you want to buy, or how jealous I am of the dude from house crashers showing up at your Lowes. They have so many mindless shows on there that are great when you're folding laundry on the couch
  • DVR - this is actually a big one.  DVRing changes your life, and then you don't have to watch commercials which is so super annoying.
  • Game of Thrones and other awesome shows on the real cable channels.  We'll just have to be a season behind (this honestly isn't that big of a deal to me).
I convinced Marty to buy himself a Kindle Fire HD since I totally appropriated the Kindle Fire his athletes bought him for his 40th birthday. He himmed and hawed for just a little bit, but he actually listened to me and has admitted to being very happy about buying it. With the Kindle Fire HD, you can hook it up to the TV and the picture is awesome. We already have an Amazon Prime membership so we can get tons of shows and movies for free. We could also, of course, buy more current shows if we wanted for $1.99 (we haven't done that yet, because there's so much free stuff).

We also haven't watched any network shows online yet through our tv because something about downloading Flash or whatever, but that's another option to get the current shows.

So there really are lots of ways to watch tv cheaply. I suppose if you watch a lot of tv, this wouldn't be that enticing, but with how much Time Warner charges this was a good decision.  Maybe down the road we'll get more channels, but right now I don't even notice that it's gone. 


Unknown said...

Would this cancelling of cable have anything to do with Dexter being over? We got Apple TV and use it to stream Hulu Plus and air play videos from my phone and mac. Best thing ever.

Heather said...

I keep saying I am going to do this too - between crazy cell phone bills and insane cable bills - well, we won't be able to eat soon! I am just afraid of losing DVR - I do enjoy my 42 minutes of quiet when I watch a show, but I guess I need to look more into this HULU and NetFlix etc. Im totally just going to copy you.