Part of organization is realizing what you don’t need, and freeing yourself of it.Â So I’m cancelling my cable TV this week.Â Practically speaking, this will mean I no longer have broadcast TV either. (From what I could tell, I could only get a few channels, and it didn’t seem worth buying and hooking up an antenna for that.)
Am I becoming a hermit? Am I going native?Â Am I throwing away my gorgeous TV?Â Nope. (You wish you could have my pretty TV.) I just realized I could get what I want a lot cheaper.
See, here’s the thing. I really only turn my TV on to watch:
- a DVD
- Doctor Who
- How I Met Your Mother
- Dirty Jobs
- The Graham Norton Show
- Top Gear
It’s also possible that I’d be watching UFC, or a cooking show or the Weather Channel. But these are the likeliest suspects.
If you weren’t quite sure yet whether I was a geek, this should have cleared things up nicely. You’re welcome.
This means that to see a handful of shows, none of which I watch live, I was paying $75 a month for 218 television channels (and 45 music channels, which I never use because I already pay for – and prefer – SiriusXM). It was a ridiculous waste. Here’s what I’ve done instead.
Step 1. I cancelled all cable, HDTV, DVR, etc., but kept my cable modem.
Step 2. I bought season passes to Mythbusters and Doctor Who on iTunes. ($36 altogether.)
That’s all it took.
IÂ can watch Chuck and How I Met Your Mother free on the network websites.Â I already had Amazon Prime and Netflix and their gazillion movies and TV shows. And I’ve repeatedly thanked my lucky stars that my fabulous brother got me the proper adapter to connect my Macbook Pro with my HDTV.
If I miss the other shows, I’ll consider buying them on iTunes or Amazon. But so often it’s just a matter of just watching because they’re in my queue and I feel guilty. (Am I the only one whose DVR gives her guilt? Ask me about unread magazines and why I unsubscribed. Neuroses can be money-saving!)
I know this isn’t for everybody, but after all, it’s not like I can’t go back if I hate it. Cable was by far my biggest utility bill, and I just didn’t feel like I was getting my money’s worth. And if it means I end up watching less TV, that’s a good thing too.
There are so many alternatives out there besides what I’ve mentioned – things like Hulu and Boxee and Roku. I’m not sure I’ll need them, but I was glad to find out everything I could. Here’s where I read up, if you’re curious: