I’ve spent $31,200 on Cable and Internet since 2001. You have too. That’s $200 a month every month for 13 years. It’s filthy. But you can win. You can win this war.
The Cable companies have gotten overly greedy. They’ve made it so that even though it looks like you have options, you really don’t. Here’s Why:
Let’s just say that you need internet to stream Netflix, surf the web and check email. Nothing crazy. Maybe 6mbs is all you need. As for TV, you like a handful of shows on an array of channels. Some basic cable, some network and there always seems to be one show on a channel that isn’t on either of those. Oh, and then someone introduces you to Game of Thrones.
Internet by itself is like $50 a month minimum. Ignoring the bullshit introductory whore rate of $29.95 for 6 months, it’s $50 to get ANY INTERNET.
Internet is easy. TV is what gets you.
Basic TV is $29.95. If you enjoy black and white, boring ass, 7 channels of shit, with 27 channels of half-infomercials. But it’s totally there. It’s an OPTION. None of these are broadcast in Hi-Definition, but hey, $29.95 is available guys.
For $49.95, you get stuff that has the 2nd ESPN, Bravo, A&E and some other relatively decent channels. No HDTV though. You stupid idiot. What are you? A moron? We just gave you BOTH CSPANs and THE COOKING CHANNEL. What else do you want from us? it’s $49.95.
For $79.95, now we’re talking. You get all of the channels of stuff that you already like to watch and then you get some sports channels… that you never watch… because it’s soccer and darts. You also get an array of Spanish channels. Because of course. Then they throw in these music channels. You begin to think to yourself, “I should be good with the the $49.95 really. There’s like one show that I watch on the $79.95 package and I’m good without it.” BUT THEN CABLE IS LIKE “HEY ASSHOLE!! If you want those $49.95 channels in HD, it’s $15 a month. YOU WANT HDTV don’t you?”. But you think, “I think I’m still better off saving $15/mo. Gimme that $49.95 Cable and I’ll just pay $15.” But you’re totally wrong dipshit. The $49.95 deal doesn’t come with a cable box. How the hell are you going to order Pay per view or DVR anything you stupid moron? You need a box. $79.95 comes with a box. I mean, you can be a total fart pillow and pay $10 a month for a box, but now it’s only $5 more a month for the $79.95 AND you GET all of those shitty channels.
So, it’s decided. $79.95 for TV and $49.95 for Internet, right? $130 a month. But wait. There’s more. Remember. You wanted to DVR some shit right? Well, that’s a problem. It’s $15 a month per box. You have two boxes. But not to worry. There’s a package that’s only $139 a month and DVR, HDTV, all those 300 worthless channels! Don’t be a stupid slut. $139 is what you need.
Dammit. Dammit. Dammit. I forgot Game of Thrones. HBO is $20 a month. Or… no… I get it… I totally get. Double Play. You have a double play. If I get all the movie channels and all 400 channels and internet and DVR and HDTV and REDZONE and a look into three security cameras secretly installed in your neighbor’s home, it’s only $179 a month. I mean, don’t be stupid, you goddamn jackoff. So there you are, you’ve committed…
And the first month you pay $222, you realize there’s another $33 in taxes, licensing, rape kits and surcharges.
Here’s the good news. When enough people get fed up with the bullshit, the free market finds a relatively easy alternative to make things easier. This week, we cut the cord. With the help of my brother in law, our friends and the internet, we made a pretty seamless transition. We dropped cable and put AT&T in the corner and forced them to give me 18 mbs speed for $50 a month. If you have any interest in what else we did to cover gaps, keep reading. If not, who cares. We save $170 a month now.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Realize there are a number of ways to watch TV:
- Network TV – If you just like network TV and you like HDTV, you can spend $80 on an external omidirectional antenna (TERK is the one we purchased) and easily install it nearby the cable box already installed on your house. Run the cable from the antenna into your cable box outside your home and you immediately have free HD network channels. FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and a bunch of Spanish (just like $79.95).
- Netflix – If you can just be patient and not mind being 6 months behind on shows, Netflix is pretty good. This is a major adjustment. I was already spending $8 a month for this service because it turns out, I’m unable to be up to speed anyways, so Netflix was easier than DVR. Also, they have a pretty good selection of movies.
- HULU Plus – You can get most of your shows next day with a $8/mo subscription here. I don’t know if this is necessary if you can be diligent in watching your network antenna shows.
- DVR – This is a real mind blower. There are a number of ways to grab your antenna signal and do a DVR like cable, but after doing the research and setting it up, here is the most logical and cost efficient way to make it happen.
- Buy a PC – I spent $319 on a Dell G3320 Desktop. It has a 500 GB Hard Drive, 4 GB ram, Windows 8.1 and it was brand new.
- Purchase Windows Media Center – $99. This program will accept your antenna signal, create a guide menu system just like cable and record and program your over the air signal. Pay the $99 one time and you have recordings forever.
- Connect the computer to your TV – HDMI – super easy.
- Purchase hardware that will accept the TV signal – Hauppage makes great products.
- Purchase a wireless key board and mouse to make control of the computer comfortable – $24.99 – logitech on amazon. Works great.
- This set up recovers it’s cost in less than 90 days. Amazing.
Be mindful of the fact that once you have a dedicated PC connected to your TV, you now have full access to watching EVERYTHING on the internet. Think about that. The internet is so powerful now, that if you really want to see something, it’s there. I won’t take the time to tell you some of the illegal things that you can do in order to see everything you want because I want to show you all of the possibilities without resorting to that… but there are totally some great illegal things you can do that are easy too.
What am I going to do with my $170/mo? I might just go have a night out for once.
I have to say that returning those boxes and remotes back to the cable company felt really good. The freedom of doing whatever I want, however I want when it comes to my TV entertainment is liberating. We have a blu ray player that also shows netflix, amazon and a host of other entertainment streaming. We have apple tv and now we have this PC. We currently pay for HULU, but I suspect we’ll be cancelling that soon enough. $8/mo for netflix. Netflix has killed Blockbuster and it helped us quit cable. The other stuff convinced us.