A few months ago John kicked the satellite bill to the curb. When we thought about how much we watch traditional television shows it came to maybe three hours a week IF we actually got to watch the shows we wanted when they were first aired. We were paying over $70 to watch maybe 12 hours of television. It was not cost effective. Now we save that $70 and spend it elsewhere.
Do not get me wrong, the family still watches the television. We own many many movies. There is a Roku in both bedrooms and the Xbox has Hulu+, Netflix, and Amazon Prime that streams on it. The kid loves having the Roku in her room. It is about one of the best things John has ever picked out for her. There is enough on there that fits her age range that keeps her happy. One of my biggest complaints about television is she is too old for the child cartoons and too young to watch the prime-time dramas. She happily watches Full House and Saved By The Bell often. I have even caught her watching Doogie Howser MD a few times. That made my heart smile.
I have gotten some pretty crazy looks and responses when I tell people we do not have satellite or cable. So many think they could not live without it. The main time I really miss cable channels is during the football and hockey seasons. It is hard for a die hard fan to not watch. The kid gets bored when we go to Buffalo Wild Wings or Chili’s to watch a game unless it is the Dolphins playing football.
As for now we are happy without the added bill. When there are storms, we are using our cell phones or tablets now. I watch my Downton Abbey on the Roku and John is able to take me to dinner an extra time a month. That is always a bonus!