We’re officially saying goodbye to cable TV and the $120/month price tag it comes with. We’ve been tossing the idea back and forth for a few months, but haven’t acted on it. Maybe it’s the new year and fresh starts and all that, or maybe we finally just realized we were complaining about nothing being on TV a little too often.
Whatever the case, here is how we are going to get rid of cable. I know it’s a scary prospect. I know some of you may cry just reading this- envisioning life without cable, but fear not, my little cupcakes. It can be done painlessly.
Here is the rundown of what we watch and when: (No judging. I know you watch the Honey Boo Boo.) Sometimes I’ll watch the Today Show, but mostly we have the idiot box going from about 5pm onward. News, Wheel of Fortune, whatever shows we’re addicted to at the moment, i.e. The Bachelor. During the day, I let Beckett watch some toons when I need to spend time with you people.
My husband watches the sports games, and we both like to have HGTV on in the background while we tear up the net. The only thing we watch that’s not on local TV is Dexter. Which all by itself is worth having cable for, but read on.
We’ve purchased a Blu Ray player that has WiFi action stuffed inside, so we can stream shows until our eyes bleed. I think Roku would be the alternative, if you already have a DVD/Blu Ray player and just want to stream some shows. Until your eyes bleed.
We have a crazy-looking antenna that Christian researched and bought, and it looks like a damn piece of cardboard, so no giant rabbit ears sticking up all over the place. He bought it because it got like eight thousand billion great reviews on Amazon, and it’s living up to the hype. This gives us all the local stations, plus some extra gems like random foreign language stations. I swear to you I will be fluent in Mandarin in a month.
Here is what we got in detail:
Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Black)For playing Blu ray discs and DVDs. Apparently all Blu Ray players can also play DVD’s, so if you’re in the market for one, don’t worry if it doesn’t specifically say Blu Ray/DVD player in the title.
We bought this one from Amazon for only $88. We got 3 free months of Hulu Plus, so I’m curious to see if it’s worth springing for. It’s $7.99 a month. It also streams Netflix, which we already had at $7.99 a month, and Crackle (free), Youtube, Amazon, and all sorts of other mysterious things I have yet to explore.
The Paper Thin Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna It’s seriously paper-thin. I almost used it as a tissue. (That was stupid, sorry.)
We shall be purchasing TiVo. We’ve become addicted to being able to pause and tape shows, so this is a necessity. Otherwise, we’d slowly learn to resent our children for interrupting us every 5 minutes to ask for more food. I need to be able to watch every last word of Shark Tank or I fly into a murderous rage. Let’s go look up TiVo; I haven’t even looked into it yet.
Nevermind. I don’t have the brain capacity left tonight. It looks like it’s $130 and $14.99 a month.
Here’s the grand total:
Sony Blu Ray: $88
One time: $257
Hulu Plus: $7.99
Amazon Prime: $6.60 ($79 year, which also gives you free 2-day shipping on tons of stuff. Hoot!)
Total monthly: $37.57 if we keep Hulu Plus, $29.58 if not.
Last but not least, here is a link to Huffington Post TV, where you can click on the listings button and get your local listings.
When I posted on Facebook that we were in the midst of leaving cable, I got some great response from people yet to do it and people who have done it. How about you guys? Keeping or leaving? Or maybe you’re my hero and actually do things like read and take family walks.