Dumping the Cable Company

A couple of months ago we purchased a new 46” LED Samsung TV with an Internet connection.  This could connect to Netflix, Hulu (plus), and a number of other video sources I haven’t look at yet. 

At the same time we had Cable TV.  Pink Floyd had a verse in one of their songs, “200 channels of sh*t on the TV’ which is pretty much true.  With cable you get whatever the T.V. Producers decide you want to see – much like the T.V. news organizations decide what you want to see and hear.  In any case we had Cable T.V. but didn’t watch it much – and didn’t particularly like what was being shown.  We are not that big into the ‘big games’, nor ‘American Idol’, ‘Glee’, or whatever the latest T.V. fashion was.

We get most of our ‘News’ over the net and bypass the editors and filters at the alphabet media.

Also some of the shows are, basically, not good for the kids – I’m talking about the Kids shows.

As a result we decided to end our Cable-TV subscription.  Took our boxes (including the HweD Box downstairs) in and told them to end our cable account (and the $60/month for basic digital cable).  We still deal with Comcast for our internet – hard to beat the great download speeds – and with our increased bandwidth usage we need that.

I was somewhat concerned about Comcast’s 250Gb/monthly limit on bandwidth comcast imposes.  But after monitoring it for a couple of months we are still well under the limit.   We had been over the limit for a couple of months before all this when I left my torrent service running. We’ll see how our bandwidth suffers when we start connecting our refrigerator and toaster to the internet.

Now we use the TV less.  The kids like some of the ‘Netflix’ shows (and series) as well as some of the older shows.  Andrew likes to watch ‘Lost in Space’ of all things.  Yes it’s dumb and campy and corny but it doesn’t try to preach to you or glorify bad behaviour or brat kids.

And the additional $60/month can go to my Ebay addiction.