After 1.5 years without cable TV I thought I’d miss it….but I don’t

September 17, 2015

Since I quit my job and realized that my life will be mostly spent at home with a baby in 8 weeks, I started feeling like maybe, just maybe, I was actually starting to miss having real TV. See, we canceled cable about one and a half years ago because we were sick of paying Verizon $300 a month for TV with crap repeat shows and insane cell phone bills. So we got $20 cell phone plans and an antenna to get the main news channels for free, but we also have a Roku with subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, all of which are still way cheaper than what we were paying for with cable. And we use Brian’s mom’s log in for HBO Go so we’re pretty much set with movies and entertainment.

But it was just recently where I was like, you know, I really sorta kinda miss HGTV, TBS, ABC Family, and fun familiar shows that play on channels like those. But what I missed the most, and this is such a first world problem I could slap my own face for sounding so spoiled, but I seriously HATE having to flip through hundreds of shows and movies on these apps and take an upwards of 30 minutes to find something agreeable to put on in the background when all I want to do is crochet or clean the house. The decision to find something to put on stressed me out unnecessarily. How silly is that?! Decision making isn’t a strong suit of mine anyway. So I just mainly missed having TV so I don’t have to make a choice lol.

Anyway, fast forward to last weekend, Brian and I decided to sign up for a free trial of Sling TV, which is another app for Roku, but it streams live TV and with all those channels I missed! I was so happy. This would totally solve my pathetic first world problem. It’s $20 a month and you get 20 channels. And the first week was free to try it out, so we signed up. Well, it’s only been a few days into our free trial and I’m already sick of it. It made me realize just why we got rid of cable in the first place: the majority of shows are old repeats, they are played back to back like 4 in a row which is boring to me (I’m all for binge-watching, but not on just any show), the commercials are long, and I just don’t care to watch a million old episodes of House Hunters or New Girl.

There is a promo going on where you can get a free Roku stick after 3 months of using Sling. And Brian really wants to get that for our upstairs bedroom. But once that’s over we’re cancelling. And I won’t miss it.

Anyway, I hope I didn’t come off as elitist or anything, because that wasn’t my intention. I’m just glad that I realized I don’t miss TV as much as I thought I did and we don’t have to go back to paying out of our butts for mediocre entertainment because of it.

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