Well, it’s official. I just cancelled my cable service, effective January 23rd. I found that for the past few weeks, I really haven’t been watching anything worth while, and $96.22/month is a lot to spend to have the only thing on be the HD version of American Gladiators. (No, seriously, that’s what I’m watching right now. Pity me.) I’ld like to say that it’s the writer’s strike, and the resulting lack of decent shows, or that I’m getting smarter and the shows are appealing to me less and less, but really it’s just gotten too expensive for the value I’m getting out of it. Heck, maybe I’ll take half of that money, and buy a couple of DVDs every month. But we’ll probably use it to pay down the Line of Credit that financed the deck.
I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have cable of some sort, and so I’m not really sure how I’ll be occupying my time. Reading books? Reading the Interweeb? Programming? It’s a blank slate. It’s all up in the air. And if I end up spending all my time at my sister’s house, watching her TV, then we’ll know I’ve got a bad addiction, and should seek professional help.
Oh, I should also mention that the person on the other end of the line was really nice. She tried to figure out a way for me to pay less, and still get the channels I wanted, (the best deal was $19.95/month for channels 2-28 and 59-70, but that was only for 6 months, and it’s still $20/month I would rather spend elsewhere,) but totally wasn’t pushy about it and was fine with me cancelling the service outright. I picked up the dial phone when they called me back for the customer satisfaction survey, and so couldn’t complete it, but I did want to make a mention of how helpful she was, and how well it all went.