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April 3, 2014

Cutting the cord on cable TV, and not missing it a bit

My family has not had cable TV or satellite programming for three years now. To be honest, we have not missed it one bit.

A deciding factor may have been the $178 bill I received the last time I had pay TV. If you ask me, I think sinking money into channels I just don’t want or want to watch doesn’t make sense. And, when I was breaking down the bill, fees were a major part of my disdain.

A fee for renting a cable box, DVR, a rental fee for a modem, and various other taxes and add-ons that were enough to make my head hurt.

So, as a family we ditched pay TV for Netflix, Hulu Plus and other cheaper services.

I am an Apple fanatic, so we have an Apple TV and three or four game consoles (I can’t keep up and my son collects them like they are rare antiques or something).

We can watch pretty much everything we want while simplifying our lives and not paying big bucks to AT&T, Time Warner, Dish Network or DirecTV.

Now, I am not saying this will work for everyone. We are not completely in the Dark Ages. We have Internet service and rabbit ears. Remember those? They’re digital now. They still make them and we can watch network television, which suits us just fine.

Most people will complain about missing out on watching their favorite sports team play live on Sundays. But the writing is on the wall.

More than one million cable television subscribers in the United States canceled their service in 2011, opting instead for online films and TV shows available through other services.

Nearly 2.65 million cable or satellite TV subscribers have canceled their service since 2008 to rely solely on web-based services, according to estimates from the Convergence Consulting Group.

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