I think I may have mentioned before that one of my objectives for a few years now is to completely cut off cable dependency? No? Well, maybe I did some hints in the past. But just recently my wife and I just decided to cut off cable television completely. Eight million U.S. household have done so – and now we are a member of this group.
I started watching cable many many moons ago. I really like the clearness of the connection. Before that I watched TV using an antenna. For those of you that has experienced watching an antenna fed TV, it was quite a chore to point the antenna to the right position and maybe add aluminum foil or two just to get some kind of decent reception.
Decades later, digital broadcasting was born, and then there is High Definition TV, now it’s 4K. The screen is getting very clear and sharper. The TV channels started increasing through the years. If you’re like me, you probably noticed that the high number of channels are inversely proportional to the number of channels you actually watch.
So what helped our decision to cut it completely? Ready for a long story? We moved to a semi-remote place in the Inland Empire. It’s not as glam as San Diego county but people here are nicer. The cable company lied to us a few times thinking that we didn’t have a choice but to hire them if we need cable.
What they didn’t expect is us saying no. In fact, I got at least three calls from different reps confirming our cancellation. I think it’s highly unbelievable to them that a customer would cut cable but they actually helped us in a big way. We refused to be held hostage to this kind of lousy service. I was with this company for at least 15 years, but they seem to have changed.
I won’t tell you which company but their first initial starts with 20th letter.
We actually feel liberated. We have internet connection and we use the web to watch shows or movies we want to watch when we want to watch, without commercial advertising. There’s quite a few apps or services providing those.
We have more time now and we spend only about 35% of what we used to pay the cable company for internet, cable and phone.
We have cut the cord and it feels good!