I’m going to start this post off by admitting something right of the bat, I watch a lot of TV. An extraordinary amount of TV. So much TV my best friend frequently asks, how do you find time to watch all this TV? It is how I relax in the evening. I watch good TV and bad TV. And I love television.
It is with a heavy heart that Doug and I decided to cancel cable. He would have done it years ago, him watching virtually no TV. We are are a weird match that way. But he slowly came around when he decided that he didn’t care anymore if he watched football, and I came around when I decided you know what, I really, really hate FIOS.
I know, everyone else loves it, but we have had nothing but problems since the MINUTE we installed it. They lied to us about how much our monthly bill would be, to the point my very calm husband was SCREAMING at them on the phone. And then we have run through two multi room dvrs in two years. That product is a piece of crap. It doesn’t work half the time. It doesn’t actually pause and let you pick up in another room. The shows don’t record, you can’t get anything on demand to actually PLAY, and the service is ASTRONOMICALLY EXPENSIVE. When Doug told me what we paid a month for a service that didn’t work half the time, that was when I came around. If I’m watching everything on aps on my ipad anyway, why not just suck it up and go streaming only.
Doug and I are financially FINE but we are not at the point where we can just throw money out the window. And that is really what it feels like I am doing every month when I pay my cable bill. And when I look at what I can save in a year, I’m already planning a vacation with that money.
So that is what we are doing. The questions are, netflix or hulu or both? Roku box or apple tv? And how exactly do you get rabbit ears on the roof so you can still get local channels? And really, really, do I have to give up my dvr? Because when I look at a tivo box AND roku AND netflix AND hulu I might as well still be paying for cable. Do I need a tivo if I’m just going to watch Scandal on Hulu? How can I not live tweet Scandal? Shut up, you do it too.