Starting this week, Ron and I will be doing a bi-monthly segment on the trials and tribulations of cutting the cord, what we found to be easy and what was frustrating beyond belief. We’re documenting this in the hopes that it’ll help others out there who are looking to get the most bang for their buck and want to pare down unnecessary expenses.
Join us on this rollercoaster ride!
For the last few years we’ve watched as our DirecTV bill has gone up, and up, and up. Yes, we’d get deals but those hidden fees would creep in, slowly but surely. After doing some research: here, here and here we decided to take the plunge and cut the cord. I’ve been pushing for it for sometime now, as I personally only watch a few shows live, only a few shows on cable, sports and get my news from BBC World News and Al-Jazeera America online. Plus? I’m cheap and comparatively, even if we got every streaming service available, it would still be less than we were paying for cable.
I have some friends who have cut the cord and I thought about it sometimes, but 1) I’m lazy and 2) I like being able to press a button and have a lot of shows to choose from. In the back of my mind I knew it was insanely wasteful. I have my favorite channels memorized and I will flip between them until I find something I want to watch (or settle on something as “background noise” until I find something better). But hey, that’s what you do. We got cable when I was 11 so while I knew there was a chance that I wouldn’t find anything I wanted to watch I liked my odds a lot better when there was 50 or 100 channels instead of 3 or 4. And yeah, the prices would go up, but it’s not like Comcast is a paragon of value and doesn’t do the same damn thing. Paying too much for TV is part and parcel of being an adult and dammit I’m an adult now!
Now, here we are after almost six months of back and forth: as of May 1st, 2016, we’ll be cancelling our DirecTV subscription and taking the plunge. We already have Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu so I don’t think the transition will be as hard as it could be. We’ve also signed up for the free trials of Playstation Vue and SlingTV to see which we prefer, so stay tuned!