Why I’m Thinking About Cutting Cable

cable_cordExpensive cable bills, I’ve had it.

That’s right, thinking about cutting the cord.

It’s not the first time I’ve thought about it, and I’ve done it.  I’m not the only one thinking and actually taking action. It’s an increasing trend actually.

The increasing cost of cable bills, as a result of increasing subscriber fees, the case can be made it’s simply not worth it. It’s a combination of corporate greed, and modern technology.The result of increasingly higher cable bills, mainly as result of higher fees for sports networks, and the increased number of sports networks, also asking for an obscene amount of money to carry their network.

Face it, that’s why people have cable.

Think about it.

How many people do you know who have cable care about sports? How many people do you know who don’t care about sports don’t have cable?

This day in age, with internet connected devices, such as Ruku, Boxee and Apple TV, anyone can watch content on NetFlix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus. Sports fans have access to ESPN3, and various sports leagues offer season long packages on various internet connected devices.

So, why do I have cable in the first place? The answer is sports, and news.

Most of the news content is available on podcast on iTunes. As far as sports is concerned the teams I care about are the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and Arizona Wildcats. Most  are offered on the internet connected devices. The Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks are only a bonus, so I’ll be loosing those.

I watch a few network programs (available on Hulu Plus), and documentaries (massive selection on NetFlix).

The decision is also tied to my love/hate relationship with ESPN. I honestly only watch ESPN during college basketball season.  Other then that, I never watch “The Mothership.”

I’m also a believer in sending a message, even if my single action isn’t earth shattering. With that said, ESPN (ESPN1) isn’t worth $5 per month. Cut the cord to tell ESPN what they’re charging isn’t worth it.

What else is on TV? Is it worth paying money to see some guy rip a restaurant in shreds? Eat bugs? Same “Top Travel Destinations” program from 5 years ago? Online relationships go bust?

It’s something I’m deeply considering, and if it happens, I’ll be next month (March 2013).

How many of you have cut the cord, or thinking about it? Love to hear your thoughts.

[crp]