Post # 1
FI and I have been Dish Network customers for a couple years, but just canceled after realizing we really don’t watch live TV anymore. Nothing against Dish Network, we just haven’t been using it as much as other services these days. We bought a Google TV box at the end of last year, and since then have mostly been streaming things on Amazon and Youtube. So we figured why spend over $60 a month for something we’re not using? I’m curious to see if any other bees have cut the cable and if you miss it at all.
Post # 3
We have, and we’ve saved a ton of money doing it. We get Netflix DVD and streaming, and set up a computer to record our shows for us.
Post # 4
We use our xbox and have Hulu and Netflix. I really don’t ever think about watching cable unless I see a show on that I used to watch while i’m at the gym and think ‘Oh, I really liked that show!’. But honestly, I’m glad I don’t watch all the reality trash on TV anymore.
Ha, now I just watch Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.
Post # 5
I pay for Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon (well together with FI, we split the costs of the three together). All together it is less than half the price of one month’s cable! I got free cable in my old apartment and was never using it (always netflix), and FI bought me an Apple TV and I always, always used that. So when I moved to a non-free cable apartment, i figured what is the point?! I am on a tight budget as a law student and I cannot justify the price for something so unecessary and so much cheaper using other services.
For some shows I cant live without– jersey housewives, breaking bad, etc, i just purchase every new episode from iTunes. It is still way cheaper than paying for a cable subscription.
Times are changing– hopefully cable will get with the times, because I never plan on paying for it again.
Post # 6
We went without anything for a long time. We recently got DISH for when my stepson is over so he can watch basketball. I would not miss it at all. We pretty much never turn the TV on.
Post # 7
@bleusteel: I lived without a TV for over 10 years. When I met my FI, he was not so into this idea, lol. We watch home renovation shows and documentaries but no reality garbage. I wish I could cancel it again. I’m jealous!
Post # 8
Yep, we cancelled cable last year. Our cable/internet bill was $80/mo, and we just couldn’t justify that money when we mostly just watched reruns of NCIS and OnDemand. We pay $50/mo for internet (ewww!), and then another ~$15 for Netflix streaming and Hulu+. We watch almost everything between those two, and anything else we find…on the internet…somewhere.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
We tossed it when we moved in January. I was tired of paying $150 a month and 90% of the time nothing worth watching was on.
We do miss our favorite shows: Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Walking Dead but they weren’t worth paying $150 a month for the other crap on cable.
We now have Internet service for $30 a month, Netflix for $8, and HuluPlus for $8. We also rent movies for $1.20-$2 each through RedBox and for $4 each through Amazon on Demand. Now we even have money left over each month to see more movies at the theater. Looking forward to the summer blockbuster season!
Post # 10
@bleusteel: Our apt complex gives us “free” cable (we are probably just paying for it through rent) but honestly we dont really watch it too much and I would never pay for it. FH uses it for a few things (background noise) and maybe the food network… OH and we use it for football games, but those should be free to everybody who has a TV and one of those boxes. We do pay for Netflix though!
Post # 11
@MrsWishyWashy: Yeah I’ll definitely miss the live sports, that was my one reservation about canceling. But there are 2 new sports bars within walking distance of our house, so we figured we could watch there if there’s a game we really want to see.
Post # 12
Not anymore but when we first moved here from across the country we were so busy we just didn’t see the need for TV services. We just paid our usual netflix fees and added one of their roku instant boxes. Kept it that way for at least a year before we got cable & I still really am not convinced we need or use the cable too much..
Post # 13
@beachbride1216: If you really miss them, you can purchase per episode on either iTunes or Amazon (itunes only streams on your television via Apple TV though) . It still saves loads of money, it all depends on how important watching those shows is to you
Post # 14
We have an xbox and have Netflix, Hulu+, ESPN and HBO GO through it. So, no reason for cable. Like a PP said, the only things I really miss out on are trash TV stuff that used to watch just because it was there. That and Mad Men… I need to figure out a way to watch Mad Men!
Post # 15
Yep! We don’t have cable either, just streaming netflix for $7.99 a mo. For shows like the Walking Dead, I just go over a friend’s house on Sunday and we all watch it together and have dinner.
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’ve literally never had it in my entire 30 years on this planet. I love me some streaming Netflix, Hulu, and the occasional Redbox. (Not to mention, BOOKS!). You will be so happy not to watch all those crappy evil commercials.