Almost 7 months ago to the day we cut out ties with the cable company. We returned our boxes and decided to find out what life was like with NO TV. Surprisingly we thought this was a unique concept but after announcing our cut we were shocked how many people, especially young people had done so as well.
Ours was more of a call to action that anything. We wanted to see what life would look like without TV. Weirdly life with no TV wasn’t that different from life with TV. We learned some surprising lessons along the way as well.
5 Lessons Learned from 6 months with NO Cable:
We learned VERY quickly that Netflix is amazing! Luckily for us we had a few non-disk playing Sony Playstations kicking around that we attached to our 2 main TV’s. Sometimes endless amounts of shows to choose from was overwhelming, but most of the time it was heavenly. We added accounts for each person in our house. There was a Dad, Mom and Kids channel. Granted mine was taken over by the boys and often suggested I would like watching Free Birds and other Disney movies. But all in all it was great, I spent my time watching House and Documentaries. Like ALL THE DOCUMENTARIES. I watching TINY, WWII secrets, EXIT through the gift shop, and those are just the most recent ones I remember.
2. TV is Often just Noise Filler:
One of the reasons we got rid of our cable in the first place was because we only had 2 shows we watched. Every other time the TV was on it was background noise or filler for boredom. I THOUGHT this would be the first thing we noticed as a change without it. But instead we turned on music and even sometimes a movie.
3. WE bought MORE Movies:
Cable allowed us a chance to rent a movie for a few dollars, it was quick and convient and we used it a LOT! Without cable we ended up buying a few movies from the Playstation Network including Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A movie we have watched at least 50 times for our $15 purchase. At first I was like WHOA! $15 for a movie, but it still was cheaper than cable each month for something we were going to watch again and again. Sadly they weren’t all hits, we also bought The Conjuring which was only watched twice. We also purchased the DVD of The Lego Movie which was watched till the point of memorization.
4. We got CRAFTY.
Luckily for us our favorite sport NHL Hockey was mostly on break while we were broken up with cable. We did watch a few playoff games on the computer but other than that we weren’t missing sports. So live sports weren’t an issue. For me SUITS was a show I HAD to watch. I ended up catching up with episodes using my free version of HULU. Sure I had to avoid spoilers since I was watching the shows weeks after they had aired. And I had to avoid tweets from USASuits when they tweeted to me because I wasn’t caught up. But I managed to see the episodes I wanted. For other shows we got crafty. We went out for football games, visited family during must see TV times. I’m sure if we had dug deeper on the internet we could have found everything we wanted but I’m not a fan of malware and spam so I resisted the urge.
5. My Kids Prefer Netflix:
*Spoiler Alert: In order to enjoy our prized favorite show The Walking Dead we added our Cable back this month, switching companies and getting a great deal. (Loyalty is so disregarded now days it makes me sad, I’ve switched, our cell phones, car insurance and cable all because I could get a CRAZY better deal being new somewhere rather than with companies I had been with for 10+ years, that’s a topic for another day but makes me sad nonetheless)*
The strangest thing for me is the fact that my children even with 500 channels of entertainment on cable STILL will ask for Netflix to be put on so they can watch what they want. I thought my youngest would quickly be drawn back into Disney Jr. but so far it hasn’t stuck. He prefers Netflix where he can choose to watch Power Rangers or Caillou. And weirdly I find myself turning Netflix on as well when I want to watch endless episodes of House, or a great documentary.
I really thought I would see a huge change in the way our days went. Maybe rather than having the TV on a night we would have more family time. Don’t get me wrong we played way more board games and spent more time outside this summer since there wasn’t the lure of TV. But it wasn’t as significant as I thought. The truth is life without cable wasn’t much different than life with cable. I missed turning the news on in the morning and listening to it rather than having to read it but again that’s not Earth shattering. If I really wanted to watch something sure I could dig a little deeper on the internet and find it, it took more time but still resulted in the same outcome.
I missed watching breaking news on TV and there were a few times when I felt like turning on a TV and flipping through channels was more relaxing than flipping through Netflix. But again not big things. HBO shows were the only place I really left the pinch but with their new offerings for HBOGO I doubt watching their shows would even be an issue anymore.
I think I could do just fine without cable. In fact for 6 months I did. Sure I had to actively seek out news and other interesting and timely topics but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Seriously getting back cable in October with 35863458634583465 political ads all telling me how AWFUL each candidate is almost made me turn the whole thing back off. Do those ads work? I don’t understand it?
So the short truth really is life with cable is no different than life without cable. And I would be LOST without internet access.
Since I’m rambling I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons today!
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