Any one done this, what were your thoughts experiences?
( don't worry I'd keep in on MDC at the library)
We get a HUGE discount because of having both cable tv and internet, so much that the cable tv is almost free compared to what we'd spend on just the internet.
when we cancelled the dish we ordered a netflix subscription and it is just as good as, if not better than, having the dish. it is $40.00 less per month than what we were paying the dish company and we still have access to any educational programming we could want - without the commercials and crappy shows - and we get to watch what we want, when we want to. it's a great compromise for me with my 7 year old, who wants to watch some of his favorite shows......I still get control over what he is choosing to watch and we get to discuss it together before we ever order it, or if it is something I don't know about I can research it before it comes into the house. I really would recommend that if you are looking for a way to save $ on cable or satellite.
One thing we noticed was that tv commercials are utterly rediculous. You get desensitized to it when you don't see them all the time. They are lound, obnoxious and send blatently obvious sexual, violent, morrally questionable messsages. For that alone I'll fight getting tv back.
kept the internet, though
Canadian mama to A (C/S May 2004) and R (induced VBAC Dec 2007) expecting #3 in July. Currently obsessing over permaculture, photography and beekeeping.
I agree re. the commercials - holy moley, I never realized how bad (and frequent) they are until I gave up TV. I sometimes get tempted to start watching TV again, so I tune the channels in again but that usually lasts all of 10 minutes and then I am ready to scream.
We hardly ever watch TV, sometimes, we rent DVDs (maybe 5 or so a month).
I coud never live without my Internet though. For one, I have an online business and I write/ edit for several online publications, so my work is mostly directly linked to the Internet.
Even the Disney channel is TOOLOUD TOOBRIGHT TOOEVERYTHING when I see it at the ped's office. I can't imagine trying to live around that racket. And as pps mention, the commercials so soooo obviously out of line and manipulative that it's pathetic. But I didn't notice it till I quit watching for awhile.
I also dislike the portrayal of women as invariably 5'7'' and 115 pounds. And overwhelmingly white. People on TV look unbelievably fake to me now.
But the Internet is my downfall... it's too easy to leave my window open, drop by and chat, piddle elsewhere, chat, change a dipe, chat... :LOL But I figure we all need a bad habit in this life.
We've been cable-free for about 7 yrs and I've zero regrets. Can't stand tv anymore. We do watch dvds only on weekends & I love our internet. Probably ought to cut back on it tho. :LOL
OTOH, it'd be very very hard for me to give up the internet. I would probably benefit from it, but it would be awful at first and I would miss my friends. I don't think I'd ever do it, but you never know. I do know that when the babe comes, I don't want to spend as much time online then as I do now... but I think that'll be a natural effect of parenthood.
Though I did have an OK time when my computer broke and I had to go to the library to check email. It was frustrating in some respects, but it was also a nice vacation of sorts... that's something to think about. Maybe give yourself a week or two weeks where you don't use the computer at home, but go to the library. See how that works out...
But cable we haven't had in years. I don't watch much tv and what I do like to watch I can watch on the few channels we do still get. We also get a couple of channels that show programs that ds watches. I know a few people who get NO channels but they still rent and buy dvd's/videos.
I don't miss cable at all... well, honestly only sometimes. When someone on here mentions watching Discovery, Babystory, or something else like that. I remember that I can't watch those anymore. We do get 6 channels with an antenna so I can still watch my favorite local shows. What I DO miss? The DVR.. but honestly, we didn't watch enough tv to constitute almost 200 bucks a month!
Autistic pagan mama with five kiddos on the spectrum, learning through living life.
But that's another story...
I couldn't do without internet, the luxury of finding any information I need with the click of a mouse is fantastic. I've learned so much on here, esp. about raising my children.
I can't do without internet, either - too much good information. I may cut back to dialup...haven't decided yet. I'm pretty spoiled w/ cable modem.
emergency medicine PA and single mother by choice
as for internet, we use a dial-up connection through my work. works for us.
our first apartment came w/cable... and we watched way too much TV. Since then(about 4years)... we've been using rabbit ears... and rarely watch anything.
it's funny... but once you stop watching TV, it's hard to find any time to watch it at all. we rent dvd's & sometimes return them unwatched.. ANd as pp's have said... it's bizarre when you do see actual TV again.
Internet, now... that's another story! I'm hooked.
Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
|I miss channels like Discovery, history channel, Animal planet, etc. If I knew I could get certain channels without getting other ones (NO cartoon network, NO disney channel) I would do it.|
I always said exactly what you just said - if I could pick certain channels and not have to have all of them - I would maybe consider getting cable! but this is the closest I have found to actually being able to do that.
and NO I don't work for netflix nor do I get any kind of referral credits! :LOL
Never miss TV. It is so loud and bright and annoying to me. I feel overstimulated when it's on anywhere in public or at friend's houses. Plus, the skinny women and all white men in power stuff is gross to me. I don't like being advertised to all the time by something I am already paying for (commercials).
Life is so much better without TV!!! What would you be missing, really?
High-speed internet is an expensive luxury I'd really rather not do without though. It keeps me connected.
What I found with the full cable, which I had when I was on bedrest, is that they play a lot of re-runs. It's almost a waste becuase after you've see the same show 4 times it's not worth it at all.
We do a lot of videos. I borrow from the library. Mostly kid videos. If they are good I will buy copies for our home. Unlike the adults in the house, our kids love reruns.