The endless assault of crap – and commercials – finally pushed us to do the unthinkable: We cancelled cable. We now have no TV – other than when the DVD player is running.
In our case, this saved $50 a month – $600 a year.
Think about that a little. We did. After five years, we will have saved $3,500. Money that would have been spent on paying to see and hear ads at least 30-40 percent of the time – and crap almost 90 percent of whatever time’s not devoted to the deluge of peddling that is TeeVee.
I’d put up with $50 a month if we got commercial-free TeeVee. But I’ll be damned if I pay $50 a month to get what ought to be free (the commercials).
Before cable, you put up with the commercials because that’s how the networks made money – and made TeeVee programming possible. You got the content – the shows – for free. Well, at the cost of having to watch (or mute through) the commercials. Is it not incredible that they – “they” being the cable and satellite shysters – have convinced most people to pay for what they used to receive for free?
We also grew to resent the way cable/satellite TV “packages” their offerings – forcing people like us who don’t give a fig about fuuhhhhhhhtttttball to subsidize literally a dozen-plus versions of ESPN instead of letting us pick and choose only the channels we want. There is no technical reason why this cannot be offered. You can, for example, buy channels like HBO and Showtime a la carte. Why not also the Science and History channels? Why do I have to help fund fuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhtball? Not everyone in this country is a jock sniffer.
So, sayonara. We’re Netflix (and Hulu) people now.