I get a lot of email, and some of it is from you nice people, asking me questions. One of the questions I have been getting a lot lately is, hey, how is that cutting the cable cord thing going?
The answer is, it was surprisingly easy. We canceled FIOS TV, even though they told us we 1. COULDN’T and 2. if we did they would charge us double. It took a screaming phone call from my husband to sort that out. It is kind of funny because I’m used to being the nasty phone call one around here and he is usually the calm one. Somehow our bill did not double and we (HEY, NEWSFLASH) can still have internet without tv. I still hate FIOS. We should have just canceled the whole thing and gone with Comcast.
I adore my ROKU. It makes watching things like Hulu Plus, and Netflix, and Amazon Prime streaming surprisingly easy. We also ordered an antenna and haven’t had any problems. We get all local channels and they come in beautifully. HD over the air is a gorgeous picture. My ROKU also gives a beautiful picture. I do miss my DVR and the ability to pause live tv when the phone rings or it comes time to tuck Michael in at 8:05 but I have started watching How I Met Your Mother because Hulu Plus doesn’t have the CBS shows. But we figured out we were saving almost $1,000 a year, I can live without a DVR.
Right now we are keeping all three services, Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. If I had to cancel one I would cancel Amazon but I have found myself totally addicted to Veronica Mars and they are the only ones who have it. Hulu Plus gives me everything I want to see on network television, except CBS, so I try to watch those shows live, or I go to CBS.com on my computer. (Things got a little hairy there when ABC took General Hospital away but they brought it back after people, ok me, went crazy on their social media channels.) And Netflix gives us tons of movie options, plus we started watching House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
Do I miss cable? No. I’ll be sad when the new season of Suits and The Americans come out, two shows I love, and you can’t get on any of the other channels for free. But I’m committed to buying them. For $40, I’ll buy the stuff I really loved. But I’m watching way less crap, like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Sister Wives and stuff I never really LIKED but I used to watch. For really no reason.
The past few days we have been having a problem with our Roku turning itself off and on. Freezing and restarting. After MANY calls to technical support and them even calling me back once, I think the issue is actually Verizon Fios’ fault. (SHOCKER.) We aren’t getting NEARLY the streaming speed they say we are and it is causing the Roku to freeze. Guess who needs to call Verizon AGAIN and yell at them?
I HATE THEM SO MUCH.
Should you cut the cord? I don’t know. I depends on what is important to you. Five years ago, hell two years ago, I would have told you no way. But now, with all the new technology, I’m glad we did it. The financial savings are tremendous.