I remember all too vividly the day the cable went out in my house. The day that my love affair with paid TV officially ended, and I didn’t even have a say in the matter. It was all gone, all 500 or however many channels they give you on the kind of but not really premium package. There was no begging that was going to bring it back this time. We no longer had the money and had to bid our multiple channels good-bye. They shut us off, the end.
Thankfully, we had options at our disposal: we still had our rabbit ears, we had a wi-fi connected blu-ray player, and we had the internet. It could have been a lot worse.
There IS life after cable. Once that initial panicked phase passed, we discovered new shows that we had just never sat down and watched, like NCIS. The channels in our area may be the basic channels (we only get the major networks, but the alternative channels (like 8-2) offered additional fare for us to peruse. One channel has many of the classic old shows like M*A*S*H. Another channel we gleefully refer to as “The movies that no one has heard of” channel. We even have a country music channel.
There is also life after the dvr. I honestly used my dvr for one reason: to record shows that I could watch uninterrupted after my children were in bed. As it turns out, if you have a blu-ray player or a device that can stream internet, you can sign up for Hulu Plus and watch new episodes of shows the day after they air. The only downside is that CBS is not one of the networks available. You can still watch episodes of most CBS shows on your computer, or you can resort to the last ditch option of hooking your computer up to the TV using an old monitor cord. The picture isn’t great, but hey you’re watching your show!
We never had any of the movie channels anyway, but we have been watching more movies. Each weekend my husband and I have rented a new movie and an older movie that one or both of us has not seen. We’ve discovered some great movies that we probably otherwise wouldn’t have seen!
We lived without all of those music channels. We don’t have great radio stations where we live, so we would usually turn on one of the music channels when we needed some music. Now we stream Pandora from our blu-ray player.
It’s not perfect. The rabbit ears are a bit unsightly, though we decided a long time ago that we weren’t trying to impress anyone. We have them up on a nail on the wall. At some point my husband added tin foil to each rod thinking it might improve the signal (it didn’t). We have to climb up and rearrange it sometimes when we change channels. However, we have been pleasantly surprised at how well it comes in most of the time. Except when we run the microwave…
Are you thinking of cutting the cable? I can tell you from my experience it’s not so bad. There are plenty of options out there!
The opinions expressed in this article are my own. I did not receive any compensation from Hulu or Pandora.