#10 Cancel Satellite TV: DONE!

We took the plunge and cancelled our satellite TV subscription. Generally I’m ok with this, but Robbie alternates between, “We’ll sure get a lot done without the TV to distract us,” and, “Noooo! What have we done?!

Part of this is because he is old and does not consider Hulu and Netflix to be “TV.” But part of it I understand. Some stuff I will miss being able to watch as it happens– the occasional news item, the idea of awards shows (although I probably won’t actually miss those because I usually end up watching for 15 minutes, proclaiming them boring, and changing the channel anyway), and the rare sporting event…

Some stuff I will not miss:

  • COPS [Except that Robbie already found it on Hulu. Sigh]
  • Deadliest Catch
  • Hours upon hours of Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • American Idol (Really, what happened this year? Is America out of good singers?)
  • Trashy news shows that all have exactly the same stories but run back-to-back for hours and suck you in so that you end up being waaay informed about the addictions of movie stars and don’t get anything done because you just couldn’t look away. (Ok, I have problems. I admit.)

Overall, I’m pleased with our decision and I think we’ll be better off for it. TV is one of those vices that sneaks up on you, and you don’t realize you’ve wasted four hours until your sitcoms are over and you go, “Crap! It’s time for bed already!” I’m not against TV per se, but I think not having it so much at our fingertips will help us to be more mindful of what and how much we’re watching.

Also, this is the first item from my 30 Before 30 list that I am checking off! Woohoo!

I would be lying (a lie of omission) if I failed to tell you that we do actually have an XBox 360, which I have made even cooler by subscribing to XBox Live to get Netflix Watch It Now, installing Connect 360 on my laptop, and putting PlayOn on our Windows machine. Now we get Netflix, any movies on my laptop, and everything on Hulu, CNN, Comedy Central, etc. on the Xbox 360. Nerdy. We like it.

  • alanashekelle

    John and I decided against cable television when we moved in together in… 2002? We did fine with just network offerings since we were still able to catch Buffy back when it came on as well as the awards shows and the not-so-rare instance when UNC was up for an NCAA championship title. Since the digital shift, however, we haven't had any broadcast TV at all, and I don't find that I miss it. There are a few shows that I watch on DVD when they come out (a season behind), and I still watch a lot of movies and spend a lot of time on the internet, but I no longer lose whole Saturdays to The Food Network.

  • ACW

    Good job! We're probably shortly behind you, ourselves…

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  • http://sonjafoust.com/blog Sonja

    We actually do have an HD receiver, so we can get some local channels… as soon as I hook it up. :)

  • http://www.bethcaudill.net/ Beth Caudill

    I couldn't live without my TV shows. I watch History, A&E, AMC, Sci-Fi, Food Network and the kids like the ESPN channels and Nick, Toon, etc. And then I of course watch CBS and Fox.

    Yes, I am addicted to my TV but if it goes up much more…I may end up revolting and canceling.

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