Getting Rid Of Cable (Part 3)

Getting Rid Of Cable (Part 1) is here.
Getting Rid Of Cable (Part 2) is here.

I had two HD DVR’s. One in the living room and one in my bedroom. Today, we disconnected the one in the living room and returned it to their local office. Took 5 minutes and $30.00 off of my cable bill ($360.00 savings in a year).

We usually watch recorded shows on our DVR (or a Netflix DVD if we have one…sometimes a movie streamed from Xbox or Netflix) when we’re eating. Tonight at dinner, there was a big, empty space where the DVR used to be. Between Hulu, Netflix, and shows/movies on Xbox), we had more than plenty to watch and most was in HD. (For those wondering, we watched yesterday’s episode of the Colbert Report and a Tosh.0 episode we hadn’t seen yet.) So, there was (almost) nothing missing from our routine…except for one major thing….a clock! The DVR was our only living room clock and we don’t wear watches, so that was weird having no idea what time it was (we don’t like to grab/turn on our over-priced smartphones with food on our hands…and getting up out of the recliner was NOT an option 🙂 I bought a nifty little digital clock for that spot, so my money savings went down a bit, which brings me to more math to consider.

When I mentioned the $30/month savings (from removing one DVR and “extra digital TV” charge), I now have to consider that the Hulu Plus membership is $7.99/month and my Netflix is the 2/month @ $14.99. That’s a total of $22.98/month. Sounds like hardly any savings, doesn’t it? But here’s the rub. I’ve used Netflix since 2002 or 2003 and never planned on cancelling Netflix…so I don’t count that $14.99 in the math (this is “getting rid of cable” not “getting rid of everything I pay for entertainment” 🙂 Still though, I did add the HuluPlus for $7.99 and, of course, I can’t and won’t get rid of my internet, so it might be “fuzzy math” right now. Where my savings should really kick in is when I get rid of my DVR & digital TV charges from my bedroom. I won’t do that, however, until I live the life without cable in the living room and get used to what that feels like (jeez…sounds just like my quitting smoking posts 🙂 Also, Hulu is supposed to come to Xbox “soon” and, until then, I have no way to watch Hulu on my bedroom tv. Also, they will raise my internet bill when I remove my cable tv completely (it’s in a pricing bundle, currently)…so I’m taking baby steps in shaking the cable monkey off my back.

Another biggie I’ve noticed is that the freezing has been almost non-existent lately. Not sure if the Playstation 3 that we use Hulu on fixed the issue in their system update they just had or not. Could be coincidence or a bug fix. Loving no freezing though, no matter what the reason.

An interesting side note: I thought the cable guy would have to come out to the house, but all I had to do was go to their office and turn in my DVR. I called their 800# first to see what steps I needed to take and how much they were going to charge me for the guy to come out. When I explained to the customer service rep what I was doing, she offered me 3 free months of my HD-DVR. I considered taking the offer and waiting three months to turn it in, but decided to stop letting the drug dealer win. She was very enticing…appealing to my addiction and sensabilities…but I “just said no” 🙂

One more side note: For those who don’t know it, you can watch Hulu for free on your computer, but I think you get more clips and limited selections. I don’t watch tv/movies on my computer, so I don’t care about testing their free online version. You can try it and comment here…I’m sure the readers would like to hear of other’s experiences.

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Author: allen

just a country boy with a city mind who's gay, loves cats, humor, language, and so much more.

3 thoughts on “Getting Rid Of Cable (Part 3)”

  1. My thoughts, rambling and only partly sequenced, on getting rid of cable.

    I too have opted out of using the services of comcast/xfinity in that capacity. In no way should this be construed as my not watching tv anymore. I still watch a lot and between netflix and the extended hulu I find that I’m able to watch most anything that I want to. We use netflix through the xbox and the roku, with hulu going through the roku. I’m in love with the xbox and not totally sold on the roku. Roku requires far more attention than I would have thought and for approximately twice the price of the roku we could have had a home theater pc. However my roommate needed to have a remote control that looked like one so he bought the roku. For what it’s worth I think that for a simple unit the roku isn’t bad, it’s just not feature rich enough to justify for me.

    If in fact hulu makes it’s way to the xbox, and my roommate moves out, I’d totally pay for access to hulu there. The recent addition of the criterion collection makes what’s already a fairly strong service even stronger. While I find some of the limitations frustrating I also think that what one gets for 10 dollars is more than adequate.

    For pricing considerations what we have here is the xbox account, netflix (streaming only), and hulu. I’d have the xbox account one way or the other so the 50 dollars a year that that costs is almost a non concern. But the other two add up to less than 20 a month. That’s a serious cut in what we were paying for cable which was something in the neighborhood of 120 a month. Dropping down to basic cable (total garbage), and the internet lowered the bill to something like 50 dollars a month. So a savings of 50 dollars a month happened in my household.

    Some things that could be put into the mix for my household are that we are not sports fans. (Getting sports live on the internet is hard so I hear) So we don’t care at all that we miss whatever sports action that happens to be going on. We also play a lot of games, so we aren’t as heavy a consumer of tv as could be.

    Neither of the people that live in the house seem to miss having cable tv at all and for a savings of nearly 600 dollars a year this has been a good deal for us. Great even.

    Sorry for rambling in here Allen.

  2. I don’t count Xbox or Netflix either, with regards to my expenses. We’re still experiencing a few freezes, but they now occur more rarely than when we first hooked it up. The savings win over the freeze fail.

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