After Posting About It, I Finally Did It

Back in May 2011, I posted about the benefits of cutting the cable cord. ( The problem was, I was too scared to actually do it. The cable company had me tightly wrapped around their little finger and it made me leery of actually letting go.

Well, fast forward five years and a hefty cable bill increase, I finally got mad enough to make the leap. On Friday, July 15, I called the cable company to let them know I wanted internet only. I wish I could say it was easy, but it wasn't. At first, they told me that I would only save $60 by doing this. The woman on the other end of the phone was very rude and terse with me, making me feel like I was inferior. She kept telling me that due to the type of internet I had with the television package I had, she could not go lower than that. Even threatening to move to another internet provider did not work. So, I hung up feeling dejected.

After complaining to a friend, I felt infuriated by the outcome, so I called the cable company one more time. This time I was greeted by a jovial voice who seemed eager to help me with making these changes. Low and behold, he was able to reduce the price of my cable bill from $80 to only $50. Saving me $100 a month on entertainment. Plus, since I normally do not watch television, it was the sensible thing to do.

To get my television to where if I ever wanted to watch a movie or a news show, I went to Best Buy and purchased a Mohu 50 Leaf antenna ( It is thin and unobtrusive. After figuring out that I had to turn off the cable setting on my television (three tries with the result of only 6 channels), I found that I had access to over 40 channels using the antenna on my HDTV. I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied. 

However, I don't just want to watch local channels all of the time. I'm addicted to Hallmark Christmas movies, and the solution was an app called Feeln ( This app is actually the Hallmark channel with all of the movies made especially for the cable network. At only $2.99 a month if you pay the full annual subscription ($3.99 on a monthly basis), I was very happy. Only thing, it was not supported for the XBox 360 that I had won at a company party. So, during my visit to Best Buy, I purchased a Roku 2 Stick ( I had done my homework comparing it to Apple TV, Chromecast, and Firestick. I was impressed with the simplicity of installation and the number of applications available for viewing pleasure. 

Since installing everything, I've actually only watched one movie off of Feeln and quickly thumbed through the available local channels available via the antenna. Like I said, I'm not a big TV watcher, so this was definitely the best decision and investment I have made.