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I quit cable TV cold turkey and lived to crow about it


People who know me cannot believe I’ve gone without cable TV since 2009.

My reputation is that I am a movie guy. Cinema was my vice. I was a subscriber to ON and Select TV, which were the pioneers of pay television back in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s.

Cable was a nice transition, until the pricing skyrocketed.

I quit cold turkey one day in December 2008. I was paying about $100 a month and decided I wasn’t going to take it any more. Without any thought, I canceled my subscription. No more ESPN, no more Food Network, no more HBO, no more paying for crap I don’t want.

So I dropped off my cable box and remote at the Gardena Time Warner (when it was around), then drove to Radio Shack and bought a $25 indoor antenna. After the first week of “free” TV, I realized that I was okay with watching local news, reruns of “Leave It To Beaver” and “The Outer Limits.” Then I got hooked on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”

It’s was like getting into a local Cineplex movie for 50 cents. I was liberated.

And when my $9 Netflix account shot up to $18, for both streaming and DVD rental, what do you think I did? Aha, I dropped the DVD account and now stream only—all for $9 a month.

To top it off, I get more programming than I can watch with my Roku device. This nifty little box cost me less than $100 (which I own) and allows me to stream from a ton of sources, besides Netflix.

In an age when we get rooked for every dime, I kind of feel like I’ve beaten the system. Cheap entertainment on the fly, and it goes great with my TV dinners.