I thank you once again for stopping by. Not many posts lately, busy busy. I hope to have 2 more out before Xmas. Let’s get on with it.
“I have to admit, I don’t miss the cable!” This is the shocking confession my wife said to me about 8 weeks ago. Shocking because she was the one who was fearful of pulling the plug on the cable. Sorry it isn’t something as dramatic as her admitting to having secretly resubscribing to cable and somehow hiding it from me for the last month or two. That would have taken some talent.
I will admit that while we did axe the cable and shave about $80 a month off our monthly bills, there have been times where I have missed the cable, and I would also add that these times have been more frequent for me than my wife. These instances almost always includes sporting events. As someone who has watched about 75% of the Patriots NFL games over the last 8 years, it is shocking to say I’ve seen only 2 so far this year. One at a friend’s house* and the other as seen in the information below. Other than that though, no sweat really. People still look at me like I’m on fire when I inform them of our leap off the cable cliff. “What do you mean?” “I don’t know what I would do without cable!” I should also fully disclose that we did subscribe to Netflix to help fill the gap, and I am SHOCKED at how much I enjoy the convenience of binge watching some shows on there. I want to be clear though, we watch much less TV than before, I think everyone would agree that is a good thing. it’s not that we watched a ton, less than average for sure (4 hours per day as of 2012 as per this site.) However I’m sure the TV was on for 4 hours a day many days. Also if you really want to watch a show, NEWSFLASH, you can likely find it online FOR FREE usually within 24-48 hours after it airs on the network’s homepage.
This leads me to the next topic. What DO we do with all this new found time? And if you are thinking of taking this step, get ready, because time is coming your way, in a good way. You will find things to do. Read, clean, home renovations, get outside, exercise, surf the net, play video games, more interaction with your spouse and child/children. Generally things that are more productive than staring at a screen. The TV does not dominate your life anymore. Sure, you can get a similar effect from a PVR. BUT the PVR costs you $$$, and you will PVR shit that you don’t need to watch. Don’t worry, I feel into this trap too while we had the promo offer on the PVR. I tell you , you won’t miss those shows after 3 days.
As for the find of the year?
The antenna. I have to give credit to Squawkfox for this one. About 2 weeks after the cord cutting I was surfing around and found her post about antennas you can buy, at The Dollar Store no less, and pick up free channels over the air, like magic. I, like most others I’m sure, was quite skeptical. Most examples were from Toronto, Montreal, the big cities where you can get more channels with these antennas. So what was I going to get here on the East Coast? Also what about picture quality? I was expecting something in line with typical 1981 TV at best. As well, what does this look like, is it going to turn my TV area into looking like the top of Mount Weather? (Sorry, The 100 reference for anyone not watching that, great show by, on Netflix) So I went to my local Dollar Store, I was shocked to find them there, as I guess they are not found at all dollar stores. There it was for an amazing price of $3. Ok, I’m in. So what were the results?
Channels: I get 3, which are really 2 different channels. I get the local CTV, and the local Global TV feed on 2 channels. The CTV feed is very reliable and has only not picked up once. The global is a bit more iffy, and seems to work about 80% of the time.
Picture Quality: WOW! The picture is better than when we had the HD Cable, I have no idea how this is possible, and people don’t believe me until they see it for themselves. So I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me, it is 720P (yes I realize not full HD, I know it is 720 because my TV tells me this when it picks up the signal) but I assure you BETTER than the “1080P” we had before.
Antenna appearance: It actually blends in very well with the top of my TV. I have it secured there with a couple of pieces of painting tape which are hidden from view. The antenna is quite light, so no issues here.
When we started out on this no cable venture, I thought it would be more of a temporary thing, maybe 6-9 months, but I think it might just be permanent. Anyone else experienced the joy of cutting the cord? Or anyone cut the cord only to beg for it to come back? Let me know. Have a
safe save and happy holiday season.
*Just a funny aside to the story. As we were watching the game, I found myself watching the commercials instead of talking with the guys, because most of these commercials were new to me. So it was almost Superbowl like with all new commercials, of course they weren’t that good, but everyone found it odd that I was that into the commercials.