Todd was starting to get sick and tired of nothing being on TV, so he downgraded our package to the “bare minimum” for $46/month (still too much, if you ask me!) When he did this, there still wasn’t anything we were interested in watching on TV. That downgrade didnt even last a full month before we looked into our options.
At the beginning of the year, someone at work talked about getting a Roku. This is a little box the size of a puck that enables you to watch shows from the internet wirelessly through the TV by using either their free channels or from a service like NetFlix or HuluPlus.
At first, I didn’t like it. Then again, I don’t like change, so it’s no wonder. I didn’t like the fact that we had to get a subscription to HuluPlus to be able to watch some of the shows that we enjoy watching. Once we tried the HuluPlus one week free trial, we noticed that we weren’t watching the satellite at all!
There were a couple of weeks that Todd was dragging his feet to cancel the dish, but I decided to take it upon myself and do it. I was able to cancel the dish within 15 minutes. Once I told them that no matter what they offered, we weren’t interested, they gave up.
Now, a month later, we are not missing out on anything.
We pay $7.99/month for HuluPlus to watch some of our favorite shows every week at our convenience. It is like having the TiVo: we can watch a show when we want to! There are also a lot of other programs on HuluPlus that Todd is watching to get his SciFi and History fix.
The initial cost wasn’t too terribly bad. We bought the high-definition, top of the line Roku for the Family Room for $89.99 along with a less expensive one for the bedroom at $59.99. We also paid a $175 early termination fee from our satellite company to get out of our contract. Add that all up, and we are still saving a lot of money each year in cable!
My father asked the other day, “What next? Are you going to cut your electric?” Believe me, if we could, I would! That is our next highest recurring bill each month that I am trying to decrease. But contrary to what many people believe (like my dad,) cutting the cable is easier than you may think!
The argument my father has is the news and football. To be quite honest, Todd and I
rarely never watch the news. And if we need to get the weather, there is a free channel on the Roku that is dialed in to our zip code and gives a 5 day forecast whenever we need it. Football can be watched online if Todd ever wanted to, but he’s been so frustrated with his team over the past couple of years, he has given up on football. We could always hook up the TV’s with the analog boxes we have and get our local stations for the games in the future, but at this point, it is not a priority.
Have you cut the cable?What was your experience?