Today I am one-month into “cutting the cord." A few general observations:
Television: I didn’t watch a lot of television to begin with (blasphemy!), so transitioning to an HD antenna didn’t hurt. I am extremely uncool when it comes to TV- years behind on acclaimed series that I can now binge-watch on Netflix ("hey, have you guys heard of this great show called the "West Wing?”) and I mostly used the ol’ picture box as background noise while doing other things. I can watch Comedy Central online. We have Amazon Prime and ChromeCast, we “borrow” a friend’s HBOGo password. My kids have only ever watched what we chose for them on Netflix streaming (they just learned about commercials very recently) and there is always PBS Kids in case of TV Emergencies.
The end result is that there is still so much content, and I will never get to all of it. No cable? Not a big deal…for now.
Of course, we made this change in the summer, and I adore cable television at one specific time of year: March Madness. Obviously, some of these games are available OTA, but some are not. I hope my extended family is okay with us moving in temporarily for a month every Spring. (Or more likely, I’ll rely on SlingTV or the March Madness App - although my experiment with that app for this year’s Tourney wasn’t great.)
Phone: Quitting our package also meant we gave up our home phone. I’ve had the same home phone number since 2003; but I’ve had the same mobile number since 2000. The only people to use my home phone in the past 5 years have been telemarketers and maybe my mother-in-law.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I miss my home phone around a 1.
Internet: We’ve upped our internet to handle increased usage. We probably pay too much for it still, and I’m looking into other options. That’s about it. (It still goes out once a day, right around 3:00 PM. This has happened since we moved into this house. I don’t know why and I’ve given up trying to puzzle it out.)
Overall: I might not make a ton of smart decisions in life, but this one was a win.