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Cutting the TV umbilical cord

It seems that more and more people are cutting the cable-TV cord these days.  Just this morning, Dianne Nice announced on the Globe and Mail blog that she and her husband would be pulling the plug on pricey TV bills at the end of this TV season.  Her rationale?  The bills are too high, she can watch the TV she wants on the major networks’ websites, and Netflix – ah yes, Netflix! – has a major library of older shows available to her for the paltry sum of $8/mo.

Chez Saunders, I don’t think we’re ready to take that step yet.  However, some months ago we invested in a Boxee Box (superb!) and a Netflix subscription, and are continuing our shift away from watching television in real time. Boxee lets us watch all kinds of movies and television available on the internet for free, and Netflix has replaced the video store entirely. We maintain our satellite subscription for two reasons: not all the television we watch is available on line, and (more to the point) that which is available isn’t available (reliably) in high definition.

Janice and I are kind of old school, however.  Both of my older sons, who have moved away from home, don’t have any television subscriptions.

Be afraid, cable companies! Be very afraid!

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  • Nick Desbarats May 16, 2011, 8:31 am

    We'll be cutting our cable entirely this summer as well. Since we've started watching the various IP video sources more and more, I've noticed a huge increase in the quality of shows we watch (no more just "watching what's on, even if it's so-so", no more ads, etc.), and an overall decrease in the amount of time spent watching. If both of these trends become reflected in the mainstream, I think only good can come of it (except if you're on the supply side of the cable/satellite equation, of course…).

    Thanks for the pointer to Boxee, btw. Very interesting…

  • @gschaadt May 16, 2011, 10:15 pm

    I would love to cut the cable, but two words prevent this being anything near reality:

    1. Football
    2. Hockey

    No TSN? No love.

    • asaunders May 16, 2011, 10:54 pm

      I totally hear you Geoff. No cable = no live TV in most cases.

  • WhiteHatt Man May 19, 2011, 10:39 am

    @gschaadt NHL and NFL are both available online, no cable/satellite required. @asaunders If theres not "live television" then the product is not an option for Cord Cutters. Without replicating the "Cable Experience", cord cutting will never get legs. Please see http://whitehatt.com/companion-alternative – Great Article, thank you for the opportunity. WHM

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