Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Cord Has Been Cut

Do you think this is the World's Largest Corndog? Nah! Me neither. I just couldn't resist having my picture taken with it when I saw it while waiting for the 4th of July fireworks. 
P.S. This picture has nothing to do with my post.... I didn't want to publish a post without a picture.
About a month ago, my husband and I made the decision to cancel our satellite service. We were very happy with our service, we were just unhappy with our bill. By turning off this service, we will save $70 or $80 a month depending on how you look at it. ($70 based on our last full bill; $80 based on the most recent bill with new price increase.) To us, the savings is worth the loss of the service. If you think about it, $80 (because this was our new rate) times 12 months equals $960 a year. That's almost a $1000! (And Matt, if you are reading this...) That's almost the price of our cruise! :)
After trying three different indoor antennas, we settled on one that cost us $80 plus tax and gets about 20 channels. Yes, they are all local channels, but we are very fortunate to be within the area of receiving this many channels. Besides, most of the channels we enjoy are these same local channels. And let me tell you - I am VERY impressed with how clear these channels come through. Some of the channels look even better than they did with our satellite service!
We already subscribe to Netflix for $8 a month plus tax so no added expense there. We might add Hulu Plus for another $8 a month if we feel we need it. The only thing I am going to miss having is having the option of recording my shows. On work nights, we aren't usually watching new shows at 10PM.
Side note: About 2 months ago, we bought a new 55 inch Vizio Smart TV and twice now, the Netflix ap has quit working and has gotten stuck. The first time this happened we were able to fix it by unplugging the TV for a few hours. This time, it started doing the same thing on Saturday and it is still not working. This is very frustrating... and per the internet forums, this is an issue for several people and there is no fix. My last TV was a Vizio and we are happy with it... after this TV, we will not be purchasing another one.
We made this decision for several reasons:
1. It's expensive to have satellite service.
2. We only watched a handful of new shows - most on local networks and the others can be seen online at the TV station's website for free within a few days of airing.
3. The repeat shows we watch we own on DVD and/or are on Netflix.
4. New shows can be seen on Hulu Plus and on each network's website.
Honestly, reason number one was enough to make me want to cancel our service once our contract was up. Even if I needed all three reasons, the simple fact for me is I would rather read a good book then watch TV anyways. 
Currently, we have been binge watching Lost on Netflix. Have you seen this show? It is SOOOO good! The fist 2 seasons have been the best. We are about half way through season 4 and at the rate we are currently watching, we will be done by next week. I'll miss it when it is over. Guess we will have to find a new show to get into. It is nice watching a whole series in order on your own time opposed to waiting each week for the new episode. I told Matt we need to try watching all old shows - then we don’t have to wait for new seasons of current shows to come onto Netflix.
In my queue, I have the following shows waiting to be watched:
Heroes (Haven't seen before)
Ugly Betty (Haven't seen before)
The Colony (Haven't seen before)
Drop Dead Diva (Haven't seen before)
Alaska: Ice Cold Killers (Haven't seen before)
Alaska the Last Frontier (Was already watching sometimes)
Deadliest Catch (Had just started watching - need to catch up)
Have already seen them all and LOVE them all:
Everybody Loves Raymond
How I Met Your Mother
Melissa and Joey
The Office
The Little Couple
Parks and Recreation

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