So I’d meant to blog about this earlier, but events in the world got in the way. Anyhow, I’ve started a grand experiment.
I’ve gotten rid of my cable TV service.
And I haven’t replaced it with Dish or something like that. No, it’s gone entirely. The reason for this is that I really can’t afford it for right now. Also, when I move at the end of the month, I’ll be living in a place where the landlady is providing internet. So I got to thinking that perhaps I could just get rid of cable, get an over-the-air antenna and subscribe to Hulu. I have done these things.
It’s been about a week now, and I must say that the experiment is a success. The antenna gets about 60 channels locally, though at least half are religious, shopping, Spanish language, or all three. Hulu gives me almost every show I want the day after it airs. For the shows I can’t get from there, like The Simpsons, I can get a season pass through Amazon Instant Video. Sure, it’s $3 per episode, but even if I buy ten TV episodes a month, that’s still way cheaper than what I was paying for a single month of cable ($140, in case you were wondering, $60 of which is internet). I also have Netflix which is giving me access to things like House of Cards. Do I enjoy this? You might think that. I couldn’t possibly comment.
I’m going to continue this experiment through the summer, when I’ll need to save money anyhow. After that, we’ll see. For now, though, I’m quite, quite pleased.