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!
- Cord Cutting is Reel: Online Video Advertising to the Rescue (reelseo.com)
- Boxee Box Adds Movie Trailers, Documentaries and HBO Go (gigaom.com)
- The Four Big Steps To Cutting The Cord (crunchgear.com)
- Cord Cutting: It’s Easy if You Try (newsgrange.com)