Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cutting the Cable Cord - Again!

We are doing it, again, cutting the cable.  I have had a love/hate relationship with cable TV for a long time now.  I think the fact that the cost of cable has increased dramatically is kind of insane, and I also find that I don’t need nearly as many channels as they give you these days!

Many Americans have decided to cut the cable cord, and I have to say, I fully agree with this.

Americans who no longer subscribe to cable or satellite TV have increased 44% in the past four years, according to an Experian Marketing Services report. 

We are at an interesting point in time when most everything you could ever want (or need) to see is online.  There are so many options available between Netflix and Hulu, and they only run you $7.99/month – much more affordable than a cable subscription.

TV’s come equipped with internet capabilities, and for those who don’t have a smart TV, you can have a box like Roku, Apple TV or Amazon FireAll of these are great options when you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for cable.

I think the biggest issue that I have with cable is the mindlessness of it.  I can easily sit down in the evening and flip through my 500 channels and not watch anything at all, or I can spend 10 seconds turning on my favorite show (that was on last night but I was putting the kids to bed and couldn’t watch) on Hulu. 

I think with the creation of smartphones and tablets, it is so easy to move away from cable. 

I remember back when I got my first iPhone and thought, why would I watch TV on that?  Of course then I proceeded to binge watch the first season of The Vampire Diaries, and I realized that I could easily watch TV on a 3 inch device.  Now my iPhone 5s is much bigger than that, and they are getting larger! 

Flexibility is the key.  I don’t want to have to think about programming a DVR or making sure I am home at a specific time in order to watch my favorite show.  I like that I can stream my local news in the morning, and find all of my shows online as well.  And I feel like binge watching is a big thing these days with so many great shows being added to Netflix and Hulu.

It isn’t just at home that you have that opportunity.  With US Cellular’s 4G LTE Network, it is easy to keep up with programming while you are traveling (or waiting a very long time for a dr.’s appointment with two children).

Granted, there are some people who watch a lot of sporting events and a wide range of other television programming, and in those cases, cutting the cable probably would not work out so well.  But, if you mainly have a few favorites, and want to watch whenever and wherever you are, cutting the cord and using a service such as Netflix or Hulu is the way to go.

Now, I am not saying that we should all have our noses in our own device and completely disengage from the rest of our family, that is where smart TV’s and a Roku box come in.  You have the flexibility to watch together as a family, without advertisements.   If you are worried about what your kids are going to be watching on their devices, don’t forget to download the Parent/Child Agreement and make sure that you set those expectations up front!

Have you cut the cable cord?  Are you unsure of whether or not you want to?  What is keeping you plugged in to cable?

I am a member of the US Cellular Blogger Brigade and have received compensation for this post, however, all words and opinions are my own.


  1. We have been cable-free for the past eight years and only have a hulu since it was gifted to us last Christmas. Most news I pick up streaming on my laptop while I work in my home office each morning, and we just don't watch any shows regularly tending to be at least a year or more behind in the trendy or popular shows. I do like Downton and some other BBC, but mostly, if we watch anything for entertainment, we typically wait til a movie is at the cheap theater and go then!

    1. Oh I wish we had a cheap theater where we live! It is one of the things I miss about being in such a small town :-) There really aren't that many shows that we watch current either, so it makes sense to cut cable. Although recently we have caught up on shows on Netflix that are still currently playing, so that kind of hooks us and we want to know what happens next!


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