Getting rid of the cable has been a decision that we usually made temporarily, for the summer season because no one watched television during the summer anyway. They tried really, really hard to keep up with the cable, offering us a free movie a month for the next six months, additional channels, half-off deals – but we made the decision and we’re sticking with it. They come on Sunday, until then, I’ll be binge watching the 90 episodes of Chopped on the PVR.
Here are the reasons we’re saying goodbye to Cable:
It Saves us $117/month
That’s enough to cover the contributions to the kids RESP, additional savings or money that’s essentially wasted on a television that gets turned on for maybe an hour each day.
The iPad Gets the Most TV Action
Apps like Global Go, and CTV allow you to watch those prime time shows that are so popular, for free. You simply have to download the app, choose your region and you’re ready to go.
Apple TV – Enough Said
We mostly use the Shaw cable service for video on demand, but it’s just easy to rent movies with Apple TV. Plus, we use the Apple TV to download the digital codes for the kids favorite movies and we reduce the amount of DVDs and cases we have around the house. Apple TV is a versatile alternative to cable, and during hockey season, Jamie can still watch.
We use a VPN service to get American Netflix and other access to American streaming websites, and the kids watch American Netflix when they don’t feel like watching movies, or other Apple TV.
Irritating $10 Bundles
Shaw unimpressed me lately with the fact that we wanted one channel, National Geographic, and had to get the entire $10 bundle because the channel wasn’t part of the single channel line-ups you could get.
No More Wasted Time
The Food Network is the one channel that I will miss – Oh, I loved me some Chopped. But that time I was spending for an hour a day watching television as down time? I could be getting so much more accomplished – or, getting my butt upstairs and working out while watching Netflix.
Cable is So passé
We get the news from reading Twitter, we watch our favorite shows online via the ipad or apps, there is no need to have cable at-home when there are so many other ways to access media.
No More Need for the PVR
The PVR is the main way that we watched TV. Record it because you just know that you’re not going to be able to sit down and watch the entire thrilling episode of the Blacklist without someone screaming in your face. Plus, you can avoid the commercials this way and save time, pausing while you run upstairs to deliver a load of laundry. Now, the PVR can be passed on to the next person and I can use the proceeds to stock up on iTunes cards.
Have you considered cutting the cord with cable? Would you take the plunge? How much would it save you?