It took me a few weeks to get the junk tv aka reality tv out of my system knowing I would be turning the cable box in. I really got attached to flipping through meaningless tv as a downtime activity for myself. Well, I lost one of my gigs which equaled to around 600-750 a month. Until I get another gig or more substantial income, the sensible and respectable thing to do is to cut costs. Cable is just not a necessity. I mean in today’s world of Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Instant Video all streaming through my Wi or laptop or phone or iPad, I can watch a plethora of QUALITY programming and not miss out on much.
Well, though I have paid my PayPal Credit down substantially, I decided to buy an antenna through one of the eBay electronic stores. Before you get visions of rabbit ears stuck in your mind, it is not like that at all. The new antennas could double for some sleek modern art, or a super anorexic router. It’s this molded piece of plastic that you can stick pretty much anywhere you like. Since I hooked it up last night, it is currently on top of the curtain rod because that is where it seemed to get the best reception.
Currently, I only get NBC, Antenna TV (funnily enough), CCTV and a few channels related to news in Asian and African countries. I am not thrilled with the selection, but it is kind of nice to have a national network to watch the news or a current tv show or sporting event. I am hoping eventually it will pick up more channels. I got the 50-mile radius one so that I could pick up D.C. and Baltimore, hoping that would give me a lot of channels. If I had only purchased the 30-mile radius one, I may not have as many channels as I do, so I am grateful for the one I purchased.
I will have to admit that going from cable to no cable is a great leap. This is my 3rd time doing it, but it doesn’t get easier each time. But I can tell you one thing, I am reading and using my time more wisely now. I have already checked my work emails, typed this, loaded and unloaded the dishwasher and had breakfast. If I had cable, I probably would have only eaten breakfast.
Think about losing cable. As long as you have the internet, the streaming providers like Hulu and Netflix really do offer stellar programming and with Hulu, you can see the show you missed the next morning. Look at it this way, unlike breaking up with a person, you can easily get cable back if you just can’t live without it!
Have a Happy Hump day and Earth Day!