I’m seriously thinking about canceling my cable TV.
It is one of those things I’ve been tossing around in my mind for awhile now. I keep threatening to do it, but then I get cold feet and end up never making the call.
Why, you ask?
I don’t know. Perhaps I’m just slow to accept change. I’m so used to having cable that the idea of not having it seems odd to me. For some irrational reason, I wonder what I might be missing if I cut the cord.
But, these days, what am I really going to be missing?
With the Apple TV (which costs a mere $99), you have access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Youtube. Plus, with AirPlay capability, I can send (almost) anything from my computer over to the Apple TV.
Netflix has a ton of content available 24/7, although it tends to be lacking in the current programming department. However, Hulu Plus makes up for it by getting access to a ton of current programming. Between the two, we’re talking about $16/month.
For those occasional live programming events (like the Super Bowl), one could just grab a DTV antenna and watch it live in all its high-def glory.
And, there’s Amazon Instant video, which we have access to as Amazon Prime members. There is a lot of overlap between it and the other services, however there are some uniques. For example, for some reason, Amazon has almost all the Deadliest Catch episodes whereas they are completely lacking from Hulu and Netflix isn’t quite as current. (Yeah, I like watching Deadliest Catch sometimes. ).
Apple TV has no Amazon access (although that’s sure to change at some point). But, you can also pick up a Roku and access Amazon and a number of other Roku-specific channels.
In fact, if you’re not an Apple person and don’t run Macs, you might want to just get a Roku and skip the Apple TV, anyway. You won’t have AirPlay, but without a Mac, you probably wouldn’t care.
So, all that said, it seems like a no brainer to cancel the cable. Perhaps when/if I do it, I’ll document the experience and transition here on PCMech.com.
But, I’m curious…
Do YOU still have cable TV or satellite service?
OR… have you cut the cord? And, if you have cut the word and depend solely on the Internet for any video content you watch, how do you like it?
Post a comment and let us know. I’m actually rather curious.
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