Cutting the Umbilical Cord

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I have over 483 channels where 0.1% I even recognize. I pay over $75 a month for those 483 channels that I never watch. According to my math, I should only be paying 75 cents for what I do watch! But, then again, the cable company would never allow such a thing. 

But the cable companies have us so deeply attached to our remote controls that it the thought of actually cancelling the cable or only living off a basic package is like selling off our first born! But does it have to be that way? I mean, I only watch less than 0.1% of the channels I have now. 

I read an article about a family who had completely cut the cable umbilical cord and found that the world continues to rotate around the sun. The family purchased a HD television with internet capabilities. With that, they purchased a Netflix streaming subscription and a Hulu subscription. Now, with current subscription costs, the family is paying only $16 a month for the cost of Netflix and Hulu and still get to see the current episodes a day after they air whenever they want. 

Of course, you still need an internet connection with high speed capabilities to maintain the streaming capabilities of Netflix and Hulu. This could cost anywhere between $25 to $70 a month depending on your computing needs. If you are a gamer, it could cost more, but the average American only needs the basic connection. 

But, even as I sit here and type this blog, I am still fighting with the desire to save and cut the cord or to continue on as normal. All I'd need is a blu-ray player with internet capability to do this, but why is this so difficult? I would love to hear your views on cutting the cable cord.


  1. I've complained about the same exact thing, Brenda. I'm paying Directv somewhere in the neighborhood of $90 per month for a bunch of channels as well as HD & DVR service. I just wonder at times if it's worth it.

    Baseball I could listen to on the radio for free; I'll give you that. I could conceivably get the news and some shows off of the Internet though BPS Communications (our Internet/phone provider)is very iffy on there service and this computer is getting pretty ancient so watching streaming news or Hulu is probably out of the question.

    I no longer have a rooftop antenna and when you're in the middle of the country 50+ miles away from the nearest television transmitter, rabbit ears won't cut it sadly. I'm able to pick up a couple of UHF channels that seem to be fairly strong. Do they even count as VHF and UHF anymore since the digital switchover? My only access to local channels is via satellite.

    Yes, you will laugh, but we both know what a fan I am of classic country music. I'm totally hooked on RFD-TV for the fact they have Hee Haw as well as a host of other classic country shows. No Hee Haw online lol!!!!

    Yes, the price is ridiculous and I wish I could let it go, but it just isn't feasible for me to do so sadly.

    I remember when I was a kid Dad having a rooftop antenna installed along with a rotor and booster. We thought we had hit the big time. We got (gasp!) a whopping 23 channels!!! If the weather was right we could get St. Louis stations and I can remember on a few occasions getting Channel 25 out of Evansville, IN when the weather was just right.


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