|We got rid of cable recently, for a few reasons:
We kept our high-speed internet and have been trying out a variety of free and paid streaming options. The jury is still out on them, but I have a few observations about this method and a-la-carte programming in general:
- They keep raising their rates. Regardless of how much "additional" programming they offer, I'm really not interested in anything more than basic cable and a couple other channels.
- Most of the major networks and TV shows recently ended their seasons, so there's not much on.
- Football is the only sport I like to watch, and it's the off-season right now.
There's still no viable options for streaming football, so there's a good chance we'll sign back up in the fall. Plus the Redzone Channel is the best thing that's ever happened to me. But for now, streaming with Amazon and Hulu isn't bad at all.
- It's ... different to turn on the TV and not have something show up immediately. Instead of depending on the whims of broadcasters, we have to choose what we want to watch each time we sit on the couch. It sounds simple, but it's somehow not.
- Streaming is slow sometimes. And the apps put out by the streaming services are sometimes a little flaky. So instead of turning on the TV and watching something immediately, or even watching something immediately from the DVR, you have to surf through a series of apps and menus and shows and episodes before you actually see anything.
- Deciding whether or not to pay for a show becomes a little more difficult. When the ball is in your court and you get to see exactly how much a show or episode costs, you tend to think about it a little more. Do I really want to pay to watch this show? What if it's terrible? This problem could be partially avoided by allowing people to subscribe to entire channels instead of simply purchasing individual shows. But then you'd get a bunch of crap you don't want, which is the whole point of ditching cable.