I’ve Done IT. I’ve Cancelled Cable.
Well- satellite. Same thing.
I feel like I’ve quit drinking or doing drugs. What now? What will I do to entertain myself? How will I spend my hours?
Calm down. It’s not as bad as all that.
I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. For years- in fact. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found I spend more and more time in front of the TV. Instead of writing, playing music, or reading- I stare at nonsense just hoping to be entertained.
I have a fairly discerning pallet for entertainment. I’ve always prided myself on listening to good music and enjoying quality movies and tv. HBO and Showtime have offered the best in class of the latter. And Comedy Central’s Daily Show and Colbert Nation still offer some of my favorite moments of TV viewing after so many years. But that’s it these days. There’s a few other channels that I watch but I am hard pressed even now to think of them.
So, for the paltry amount of quality, I have been paying almost a hundred dollars a month for two years (last contract). Finally, it was cheaper to call it quits and cancel the contract early. DirectTV charges you twenty dollars a month for each remaining month on your contract. With three months left, it was cheaper to cancel than pay one more month.
Decision Made… Now What?
This weekend was pretty easy. There’s lots to do on the weekend. Bike rides, chores, errands to run. I finished the book I was reading finally. Saturdays are typically movie nights for me anyway- Netflix or Redbox.
I’ve started thinking about content and I’m excited that now I’m choosing the content directly. Yeah- it might suck that I have to watch the Daily Show or Colbert a day late but I was doing that most of the time anyway.
Here’s how I’m set up now:
HD Antenna for free local channels. I like the news in the morning. I like to listen while checking email and drinking coffee. I’ve always watched local news in the morning so nothing changes. I’ve noticed that cars can affect the signal on certain stations- mostly PBS which sucks ’cause I watch a lot of PBS. We’ll work on it.
Apple TV and Laptop. I’ve been running AirParrot (I’ll have a full entry on it later) for a long time anyway. Caught up on last week’s Daily Shows this afternoon streaming from the laptop to the ATV. Brilliant devices. It’s not in HD or anything but the content doesn’t need to be.
Sony Blu Ray Player. Netflix and Amazon streaming. Crucial. Wish there was better and newer content available but there’s a ton of shows I’ve never watched out there that deserve a look. I’ve never watched a single episode of Breaking Bad!
As the months go by, I’ll be saving a ton of money by ditching the dish and cutting the cord. I’m gonna try to post any new solutions or cool providers.
For now- it’s Sunday night and that means Masterpiece Theater. Not much different there!