I'd been lobbying to try a cable'ess lifestyle for quite some time, safe in the knowledge it would never work, because of the YES Network (Yankees). And then, after a week of post-work TV binging, and very little talking, Aaron pulled the plug.
I didn't notice for three days, and then we couldn't watch Mad Men, and then I noticed. And yet, this season has been so bleh, so I got over it.
Then Aaron ordered a digital antenna. It turns out we get about 100 HD channels for free, courtesy of the air. We got a Mohu antenna, which we velcro'ed to the back of the T.V. It was $35, which is a far cry from the $140 a month we were paying only a year ago when we had two cable boxes on top of internet. We're now down to about $65 a month for FiOS internet only, including all taxes and fees, which still seems high. ::looks up other providers:: Oo, RCN will do $35 / mo. for three years! A switch might be in the works...
|Goodbye bunny ears, this little sticker goes on the back of your T.V.|
Our digital antenna has been fun, like the fun you would have in Dr. Brown's Delorean, or the land before time. Ironically, Aaron is still getting his fill of the Yankees, since all the interesting games are nationally televised.
In addition to the land before time, our T.V. seems built for this brave new cable'less world. Check out the premium menu:
We're still doing online-only Netflix and we use Amazon for new movies and shows. And, being married to the super brain, we have wirelessly networked any downloaded video directly into the T.V., so all I have to do is press 'network' on the remote, and Downton Abbey magically appears.
All in all, no regrets. We started out last year with two T.V.'s, and two cable boxes, and we're now down to one T.V. and no cable box, and we're saving money, reading more, and spending more time together.
What do you think of the bold minimalist moves happing at Casa Karp? Do we have any who have already given up cable, or are considering it?