Okay, "need" is a strong word in this case. We don't need cable. Nobody really needs cable, but it sure is a nice little luxury! As some of you may recall, I blogged about our decision to cut cable from our lives earlier this year. We were paying $100 a month in cable because our provider raised the prices in the second year of your contract, and that was just a tough pill to swallow. $1200 a year in cable seemed a little ridiculous, so we decided to go without it as soon as our contract was up.
For those of you who have thought about cutting cable but weren't sure if you could face the break-up, I thought I would give a little insight on our experience sans cable for the past 6 months. First of all, we did purchase an antenna from Amazon. It cost us $60, and it was a small, flat object that allowed us to get all of the main channels (FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS). I could watch my favorite shows real-time, and the picture quality was pretty darn impressive. Other than that, it was streaming central. We have Hulu Plus (which we are dropping- there are not substantial differences between that and regular Hulu that I have found) and Amazon Prime. So how has it been without cable these last six months? Well, we survived, but barely. Kidding, kidding. I really don't miss it at all, but let's break it down:
Save $100 a month
Watch less TV
Most of your favorite shows can be watched on Hulu/Netflix/Amazon Prime
No More DVR
Can't watch shows live
There really isn't a good way to watch sports
And that last con, my friends, is why we are getting cable again. It's ironic, because we couldn't care less about baseball, hockey, basketball, or the NFL. We just aren't big sports people, but we love watching the Aggies play. College football is our jam, and we get overly excited to host football parties and cheer on the Aggies each week. Texas A&M football is like happiness on a television screen. It is for us, at least. This picture represents the stuff we live for come late August: football parties with more food than any humans should ever consume in one sitting.
If you are thinking about going without cable and don't care about sports, I would encourage you to take the plunge. Almost every show can be watched online nowadays, so really the only thing you are losing is the DVR. As for us, we need the Aggie football, so welcome back, cable.