After more than two months of living with only the Roku Streamer and Sling, and the other available free channel/sites, I finally have cut the TV cable. It has been a fine changeover; I’ve watched college football on ESPN or ESPN2, thanks to SlingTV, and enjoyed a number of HGTV shows, too, but the cable boxes have sat idle all this time.
Yesterday, I called my dear friends at Comcast and asked about the best deal available if I were to discontinue TV cable service and stick with only the internet service. Amazingly, they were not in a position to haggle. Can you believe it?!!? So, bottom line results, with the Comcast change of a reduction in twenty bucks a month (I’m no longer on the advantageous “Double Play” plan, after all) and subscribing to SlingTV for twenty bucks a month (so I get ESPN for college football, HGTV, TLC, History Channel and more)…we break even!
Still, I feel that we are more in control of the situation. I get what I want, and more, for the same price as before. I’m not paying for channels that I don’t care about. I have what we want and don’t have to wonder why we’re paying for channels we’ll never watch. That’s a good thing, in my estimation.
So now, with winter upon us, we have to decide whether to just run down the street to the Redbox kiosk for a movie occasionally, or should we subscribe to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or another service (for $8 – $10 bucks a month) to watch movies and programs while we’re huddled in for those cold, dark nights.
Overall, I’m very pleased. Long term, we’ll see.