Wednesday, November 25, 2009

No More Cable TV

We cancelled our cable TV last week. It's a relatively large chunk of money we spend every money just to have four or five channels we watch, alongside a myriad of channels we never use apart from lazy Saturday channel surfing. With the advent of Hulu and Netflix instant streaming, we can watch any show we were already watching, but on our own time with fewer commercials and--this is the clincher--for free. (Well, kinda free. We already have Netflix, which we love, and the instant streaming is unlimited with our subscription, so....)

So what does this mean for our lives? For the moment, it means we have an unsightly set of rabbit ears plugged into our TV downstairs. I'm still working on getting out of the habit of plopping on the couch and channel surfing when I'm tired or bored. I'm also working on spending more time with my wife instead of getting distracted by a show I don't really care about. Perhaps most importantly, we're trying to model to our son a lifestyle where imagination and creativity and relationship come from interaction with people, not with a screen. Ultimately we'd love to take the money we were spending on cable and be more generous with people, like sponsoring a child or helping Ugandan students with school tuition. We're definitely not perfect in this area yet, but it's something worth pursuing.


  1. Good for you guys!! We did that with internet, and we only have basic cable so 5 channels.

  2. Good for you!! Scott made this transition when we got married and honestly, it's great!! When you get used to it, I think you'll really like not having it!

  3. I gave up watching TV more than 10 years ago.
    I haven't watched any TV since then.

    IMHO I have better things to do with my life rather than having my mind polluted with senseless violence, gratuitous sex, and all the other trash that Hollywood thinks is so great and gives itself awards for each year.

    But that's just me.

  4. We did this a few years ago and really it's been fine. We still do Hulu a lot for a select group of shows and occasionally Netflix. Mainly did it to just say no to Comcast, but also needed to not watch so much TV and be more intentional in our viewing.