I’ve written multiple times in the past about my experience ditching cable. As of this writing, I’m going on 11 months, which conservatively adds up to around $660 of savings. One of the questions I had when I was contemplating removing cable was what do people do as a replacement. In my case, I subscribe to Netflix and access that on my Google Nexus 10, Xbox 360, and my Roku player. I also subscribe to the MLB.tv package so I can get the majority of the Minnesota Twins games (The arcane MLB blackout policy could be it’s own post). Anyway, without further adieu, here is what’s keeping me busy in place of cable television.
Minnesota Twins – MLB.tv
In what has become an oddity in this country, Baseball is my favorite sport. It always has been since I was a little kid. I remember my parents taking me to numerous Minnesota Twins games when we lived in Minnesota. As I’ve got older and the Twins have gotten worse, it hasn’t stopped me from remaining a fan and enjoying watching the games. Watching Joe Mauer everyday is an absolute treat as I think he will be remembered as one of the greatest Twins of all time when he’s ready to retire. As I’ve mentioned before, the Twins broadcasters are nearly unlistenable. Burt Blyleven adds absolutely nothing but shtick to the broadcast and in my opinion, wore out his welcome after about three games. I now watch every game on the non-Twins feed and hope to have a post later in the year grading the various announcing combos (so far Baltimore has been the gold standard).
Nice guy in person (2006)
Parks and Rec – Netflix
I recently spent a weekend hand addressing wedding invitations. I thought this would be a good opportunity to give Parks and Rec a try. By the end of the weekend, I had all invites addressed and I was through 28 episodes. For those who haven’t seen it, Parks and Rec is created by Michael Schur (who also was influential in the Office) and stars Amy Poehler. It’s one of the few shows I’ve seen where almost every character is likeable. Ron Swanson is amazing and I’m in love with Aubrey Plaza.
Arrested Development – Season 4 – Netflix
P-Hound! Season 4 was awesome. I watched every episode within 10 days and I’m already can’t wait to find time to rewatch them. For me, the season started slow, but once everything started coming together, it was back to being the best show ever. So far episode 5 is my runaway favorite.
As I mentioned above, I am in fact getting married this month so it is an insanely busy time trying to prepare. This has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more excited to marry the future Dr. Roehl!
If you have any recommendations or stories of ditching cable, please feel free to drop a note in the comment box.
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It’s been almost a year since I gave up cable. In that time, I’ve saved nearly $70 a month, which brings my savings up to nearly $600. A sizable number for sure. Periodically, I write about how I’m passing the time without cable. This is the Winter/Early Spring edition.
NCAA March Madness – Name the only university who has made the sweet sixteen the last four years….? If you guessed The Ohio State University, then you got it right! This year’s tournament has been stellar for the Scarlet and Gray. I had nearly given up on this team after the horrible Wisconsin loss on February 17 (Wisc. 71, OSU 49)…. Instead of giving up after that loss, the team has gone undefeated and played their best basketball of the year. For the fourth consecutive year, I have picked OSU to win my bracket. Unlike previous years, I have absolutely no shot winning unless OSU holds up their end of the bargain. Tip off is 7:45pm on Thursday versus Arizona on TNT. This is the first time where not having cable will affect my plans. I’ll be headed to a sports bar to watch the game.
House of Cards – Netflix – Just an amazing show. Well written with amazing acting. Currently, I’m at episode 10 and I am all-in. This show is absolutely HBO-esque. Paying $7.99 a month for Netflix is the bargain of the year! I’d put this show on par with Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
NCAA 2k13 – Xbox 360 – I don’t know why I’m so hooked on this game, but I can’t stop playing. I’m past the dynasty mode and now have created a player and I’m working on getting them to the hall of fame. In year two I won the NBA championship! In year 3, my player is averaging 23+ points a game. Another great NBA game by 2K sports. If only they didn’t crap the bed with their MLB game…. Again.
Running – As I previously wrote about, I’ve really kicked running into high gear. Tobey and I are averaging over 4o miles a month and our average mile time has dropped to the low 9’s. There isn’t much I like more in life than running with Tobey.
If you have any recommendations for life without cable or any comments, please drop a note in the comments.
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This post is about an experiment to cut cable. The main reason I cut cable was money. I make no uncertainties about that. Throughout the past few years, my bill has been steadily climbing. It started out under $100 for cable, internet and one DVR. Throughout the next few years it kept inching up to $102… then $108… then $116.
Usually, I would follow the pattern of getting an increase in my bill then calling Time Warner and mentioning to them that AT&T was in my neighborhood offering discounts. Time Warner would then try to move my bill down slightly above what it was, but close enough where I wouldn’t complain or switch companies.
After the last bill increase, I began to question why I’m exerting so many calories to give my business to Time Warner. Were they offering an exclusive service that I can’t get anywhere else? Shouldn’t they be working to keep me satisfied (perhaps an a la carte option). I’m sick of paying for Women’s Entertainment or Lifetime. Realistically, I watch the following cable channels:
• History (Pawn Stars, American Restoration)
• A&E (Intervention)
• Animal Planet (Whale Wars)
• MLB Network
• Bravo (Whatever the Better Half wants)
• FX (It’s Always Sunny)
• Comedy Central (Southpark)
• AMC (Breaking Bad)
I’m sure there are others that I watch occasionally, but those are the majority of the channels I watch. After evaluating this, I asked myself the following question: Do I get $65 dollars a month or $780 dollars a year of value from those channels? The answer was a resounding ‘no’. I do enjoy watching television and I still would like to keep up with some of the shows I watch so I’m giving Hulu+ a 30 day trial. I hope to have an update on that in July.
While I had cable, I also subscribed to Netflix and Mlb.tv so I plan to increase my usage in those services on my Xbox 360 or Roku box. All-in-all, I’m calling this the Summer of My Content. After the first evening of no cable, I’m excited for the future.