We’ve had cable for at least the past ten years. While cleaning out some file cabinets I found some old cable bills. The same service we have today used to cost about $25-$30 less. To put it mildly, I was surprised. I’m currently getting a promotional deal which is $67.75 a month with taxes. Once the deal ends next month, the price for what we have will jump to over $80/month. For television. Ouch.
We definitely watch TV in my house. I’m a big fan of Modern Family because I feel like that’s my life right now and my husband is a big fan of Law and Order: SVU. My kids are pretty limited in their TV viewing and often stream something (approved by me) from Netflix onto a computer or tablet. But $80 a month is $960 a year and I’m pretty sure I could find something else to do with that money.
So Sarah loaned me her Mohu Leaf 30 and I hooked it up to the TV. We searched on You Tube how to do a channel scan and in about 10 minutes I had about 12 channels, including 2 PBS stations I never even knew existed. Before I finally cut the cord we did a week-long experiment courtesy of the Mohu Leaf. I unhooked the cable box and left the Mohu Leaf hooked up to the TV. First of all, the picture was beautiful. Clear, bright, crisp colors and amazing resolution. A big rainstorm did pixelate the picture a little bit, but nothing awful. I admit I missed the DVR but not having it makes me more mindful and aware of what I’m watching on TV. Sarah also suggested Hulu+ as a defacto DVR since many TV shows end up on Hulu+ the next day. The cable DVR was going to cost me $25/month. Hulu+ is $7.99 a month. Hmm….that’s a pretty easy decision.
The next step: calling the cable company. I’m not always as assertive as I should be and I was afraid I was going to be sucked into another year long promotion. So, I told them I was moving out of state immediately and after ten minutes on hold we were done. All I need to do is drop off the equipment this weekend to the cable company and we are officially cord-cutters! It feels good.
My final steps will be buying my own Leaf since Sarah wants hers back (!) and going on Kickstarter to sign up for the $89 Channels package. I can’t wait!
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