Hoping I Don’t Regret Cutting the Cable Cord
I was chatting with some people at a high school volleyball game last night, when the subject of TV came up. We were all sharing how none of us watch it anymore.
Growing up, I remember watching TV almost every night. We would watch TV as a family, especially on Thursday nights when Family Ties, The Cosby Show and Cheers would come on NBC's "Must See TV" lineup. In later years, that turned into Seinfeld and Frasier.
Honest to God, I can't remember the last time I watched a scripted television show on broadcast television. The only time I watch actual broadcast television is when I watch the NFL.
Last night at dinner, I floated the idea out to the kids about getting rid of cable. They barely lifted their head up about it, they were completely apathetic. My cable bill is nearly $200 a month. Who am I spending this money for? Who's enjoying this cable? Not one member of our family, apparently.
I thought back, and I'm almost positive no one has watched cable tv since the kids went back to school. That's when I made the decision: after years of thinking about it, I'm finally going to cut the cord. It's official. My cable box is sitting in my office right now, and I'm walking next door to the UPS Store to return it today.
Don't get me wrong, we still plan on watching shows. They will just be on streaming services. Right now, all we have is Netflix and Amazon. Now that we're saving money on cable, I may consider subscribing to some other streaming services.
The only hesitation I have is how I'll watch football, but I figure I'll be able to find it somewhere on the internet, and even if I can't find it, it's probably not worth the money I'm paying to have my cable box sitting in my living room collecting dust.