Cutting the Cable Cord

I created an experiment yesterday.  It is pretty simple.  I will see if I can go 7 days without watching cable TV.

Currently, I have a subscription to cable (Midco) and a TiVo in 3 rooms.  I live alone and barely watch TV as it is.  I have an Apple TV that I watch movies, shows, and apps, which is connected to my main living room television.  Most of my entertainment consumption comes from YouTube, Netflix, and HBO Now.  I have YouTube Red, which is $12.99/month, Netflix is $9.99/month, Hulu for $7.99/month, and HBO Now for $14.99/month.  That adds up to $45.96 per month or over $500 per year.  I’m a college student and my income is limited.  Paying $45/month is not much for entertainment.  Meanwhile, my cable (and wifi) cost around $200/month.

I’m not great at math, but 200 is more than 45.

Most of my entertainment consumption comes from YouTube, Netflix, and HBO Now.  I have YouTube Red, which is $12.99/month, Netflix is $9.99/month, Hulu for $7.99/month, and HBO Now for $14.99/month.  That adds up to $45.96 per month or over $500 per year.  I’m a college student and my income is limited.  Paying $45/month is not much for entertainment.

Meanwhile, my cable (and wifi) cost around $200/month.  I’m not great at math, but 200 is more than 45.  In other words, I’d rather pay $45/month than $200 on top of  $45/month.

So if I can go a full 7 days without watching my cable on the old tube, I’ll cut the cable.  This will also help me avoid distraction when reading and writing during this Summer of Books.

What are your thoughts?