We officially CUT THE CORD yesterday!
And we are not signing up for any other traditional cable or satellite service.
We had phone and TV through AT&T/DirecTV and we were paying $168/mo and I wondered one day what exactly we were paying for.
- Channel guides that don’t block out porn titles?
- Access to 9,000 channels that we don’t want or watch?
- The luxury of turning on the TV in the background only to not pay attention to it?
9 times out of 10 when we sit down to watch TV we only watch an old series like Mash or Everybody loves Raymond, or we watch our DVR’d shows that show on local stations.
I began to wonder if our habits were wasting money and if there was a better alternative.
If you are brave enough to try.
Here is what we did:
- Switch from AT&T phone service to Verizon Home Phone Connect Service
- Original price $60/mo
- No equipment costs with 2 year contract, 30 days to return.
- New service $20/mo
- (we need a landline because we both work from home)
- Switch from DirecTV to Roku boxes with Hulu & Netflix.
- Original price $108/mo
- $125 for 2 Roku boxes
- $25 for RF modulator and switch
- New service $8/mo for Netflix plus $8/mo for Hulu = $16/mo
- Upgrade internet service to double speed
- Original price $39.99/mo
- New price $49.99/mo
Original total monthly cost: $168 (for TV and phone related expenses)
New equipment cost/initial investment: $150
New total monthly cost: $46 (for TV and phone related expenses)
Time needed to recoup equipment costs: 1.12 months
Total savings after = $122 / mo
We actually break even the first month because of equipment costs and part of the second month, and we do plan on buying an antenna for the house by the fall so we can have at least 1 TV with local channels for sports. I assume that cost will be around $100. By August we will have saved almost $400 so the antenna won’t even be noticed.
I think the problem with transitioning from a passive style activity like cable is that you can’t just sit down and feel satisfied right away. With cable you open up the guide and are presented with a clear set up options – the shows that are on at that moment. Pick one and turn it on. With Netflix and Hulu you can still search but the possibilities are, while not endless, surely more extensive. It takes a bit longer to choose what to watch and what you are in the mood for because they weren’t designed as well for browsing until you find something like cable is.
But really it’s mind over matter, and before long I am sure we will all be masters of the Roku box. My kids and I already are doing great with it, my husband is having some withdrawals from 2 of his shows that aren’t accessible. I can buy him each series on DVD and still save money, so I’m sure he’ll do just fine too. This morning he actually said to me “you know, we really were paying that much money for like 6 channels, because that’s all we watched, what a waste.”
I feel empowered and I am excited to see how we adapt to this change.
Have you cut the cord?
If you have done it, I’d love to hear about your setup.
What equipment and services do you use, if any, for television entertainment since you broke up with your cable company?