In late June 2012 I finally cut my cable television with Time-Warner Cable. My bill was completely astronomical at $115 every month for broadband internet, cable television with basic HD package, HD-DVR cable box, and remote. Since I own my cable modem and router, I decided to retain my cable internet service with them because they gave me a deal on broadband for $44 per month. The key to my decision to cut the cable television is because I can watch nearly all the programs I am interested in through the web.
Not being a channel surfer, I really only had cable for four types of programs. I realized at the end of last year that I can view most of them on the web instead. The business channels like CNBC and Fox Business were what originally compelled me to get cable television. Funny how I discovered web streaming, I wanted to see an interview on Bloomberg, and amazingly, my cable package didn't include that channel. I had to go online to watch it, and then realized I could watch streaming videos and interviews on CNBC and Fox Business websites too.
The other types of programming I watch are sports, Turner Classic Movies, and Comedy Central. I learned through a friend's email link that Comedy Central has the shows I like available for free on their website. I actually only had time to watch a few films on TCM each month, and realized I could rent, or even buy, the DVDs for less than my monthly cable TV bill. While looking for a soccer match one day, I discovered FirstRow Sports and WiZiWiG. I found out in February that the Super Bowl is now streamed, and that the Olympics would be too.
Eleven years ago I cut the cord on my home phone because I was paying two bills for basically the same service with my cell phone too. Cutting cable TV is reducing the same duplicate cost now that streaming content is so ubiquitous and free. I do not miss cable TV at all, and especially the huge monthly bill.
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