Remember waaay back in 2010 (you know, all of two months ago), when we promised to re-evaluate our financial obligations in the early months of this current year? Well, the $140 Comcast cable and internet bills finally got to us, and we’re sticking to our guns on this one.
In all honesty, there are a few shows we that we couldn’t imagine living without. I even convinced Kim that we’d get the hockey playoffs this Spring for a month-to-month streaming subscription to NHL GameCenter Live on the PS3. Seriously, that coulda been a deal breaker. From April to June, Sid takes over as man of the house.
Overall, though, a lot of what we watch is pretty expendable. I will freely admit that my lady is having a hard time imagining life without The Real Housewifes of So and So (and according to her, specifically New York – um, of course), Project Runway (me too kinda), and dare I confess her love of all things Kardashian (eek), but all of those shows seem to pop up on DVD or streaming a few months after they air on cable, and in some cases, a handful of days on Hulu. Even then, we found ourselves relying more and more on Netflix streaming and Hulu Plus on the PS3 – and using our expensive HD DVR less and less.
Our financial frustrations had finally boiled over, so I called AT&T, ordered up the fastest internet speed they could offer us at their crazy discounted rate and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, they came and flipped the switch and it just wasn’t fast enough for the streaming services we had taken such a liking to. Luckily there was a 30 day money back guarantee, so I mailed back the modem and never got a bill. Nice. (They even let me keep the $75 router that was included in the package. Score!)
So stuck with Comcast we were, but I called them up, canceled the cable service and even negotiated a $10 monthly discount on maintaining our current internet speed. We’ve also gone so far as to purchase our own cable modem ($20 on ebay!) to eliminate the $5 monthly rental fee through the cable company. In addition, we ended up buying a $3 cable splitter and plugging the TV right into the cable outlet that feeds our internet. We now get about 20 local, cable-quality HD channels without paying an extra subscription fee. And Modern Family, Wednesday nights at 7.
All said and done, we’ve lowered our Comcast bill by over $85 per month, and to tell you the truth, I don’t think we’ll (read: maybe Kim) miss cable much at all. This switch will require a bit of clock watching for those few random network shows that we prefer to catch live (no more Nate Berkus marathons on the weekends), but I’ll certainly learn to watch the clock in exchange for about $1000 a year.
So, has anybody else embraced the future of streaming television and cut the cord? If so, let us know how you’re using up all of the extra money in your pockets. An extra night on the town, perhaps?