TV or No TV?

That is no longer a question in our household.  

We have recently decided that we are canceling cable and are going to live the simple life.  There are a few factors that have helped us reach that conclusion:

  • We have been having lots of issues with the quality of our Comcast service, and that's the only service available in our apartment building. 
  • We could save some dough!
  • We feel like we could be more productive members of society (or of our lives) if we do something else with our time.  

Both of us are actually quite excited to cancel our cable.  (We just decided yesterday, so we're going to do it today).  I look forward to not depending on TV to entertain or relax me.  It will be challenging to find better ways to spend my time, but I'm sure it will also be very rewarding.  

The one thing that we were concerned with was not being able to watch Tiger games!  That is a scary thought, but we have figured out a few solutions: 
  1. Listen to the game on the radio.
  2. Watch the game at a local bar.
  3. Walk down the street and actually go to the game. 

I, of course, will also miss my reality shows, and Alessandro will miss the MLB Network, but we're confident that we'll be alright.  (Let's see how we feel in a week).  


  1. Hi there,

    I apologize for the troubles you had with your service. If you would like, feel free to send us an email. We will look into any issues you have had and see that you are contacted to discuss.

    Best regards,
    National Customer Operations

  2. Anonymous6/03/2011

    We thought about cancelling our cable too. I think it's such a waste of money. Frist of all, you can stream many shows on Netflix or subscribe to Hulu for even more content. We can stream Netflix through our BluRay player, our XBox, AND our Wii. It's ridiculous how connected we are these days. Anyway, there's also the option of streaming content online. However, Rich was VERY worried about missing out on sporting events, especially football and baseball. Here are a couple things we were concerned about:
    - In going the Netflix/Hulu route, what if the Internet is acting up during the last inning of a big game?
    - Going out to watch games or going to the games, we'd probably spend just as much money on food, drinks, and tickets.
    - We thought briefly about ording NFL Sunday Ticket during football and MLB Game Pass during baseball, but the online versions of the programs are $80 per month anyway. Those two sports take us pretty much through a 12-month calendar year.
    - We still have to subscribe to a cable company because we still have to pay for Internet.

    In the end, we kept cable. I'm still fighting the fight, though, because it truly is a waste of money.

    P.S. Who is this guy above me? Is he seriously soliciting you? How did he find this blog? I'm intrigued...

  3. I feel you and all of those concerns. But to be honest, we didn't think about it too much...we just did it. And if you cancel cable and realize you can't handle it, it's not like you can't just re-subscribe. Try it out for a month and see how you feel. Sure it's only been 3 days, but we like it.

    We've also canceled the internet on Alessandro's phone (I've never had it). I'm looking for other things to cut too. I wouldn't be surprised if we stopped internet sometime soon...just don't tell Al.

    And as far as comcastmike is concerned, I emailed the email address he provided and Comcast gave us a credit to our account. So we are happy with that.