Sunday, December 8, 2013
I quit TV. Kinda. My story.
So when I was moving from Chicago to Sedona in June 2013, I had to decide what goes in the car, what ships and what I will donate. I knew my 45" flat screen would not fit in the car with all my greatly downsized worldly possessions, so I had to make a choice. After a life long love affair with TV, I decided to let it go (secretly thinking if I really, really missed it, I could buy another one in Sedona).
I won't lie to you, I also have a 17" screen laptop and a Kindle Fire HD and a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, all on which I can watch anything. But I was giving up the comfort of popping on CNN at 4pm and when dinner time came, having a fully loaded DVR of shows ready to watch. HBO cause I had to watch Game of Thrones and Showtime cause I had to watch Dexter. It is a big addiction.
So when I got to Sedona, I hooked up with Amazon Prime, because of the free 2 day shipping (there are no big box stores in Sedona) and the huge video library. I watched all the Star Trek Enterprises (didn't see them during the 1st run), but it was nice, 1 hour commercial free snippets, so my whole night wasn't back to back TV binging. And after hiking all day, that was enough. I also started reading more, since I didn't have the TV to dull my senses and check out.
Then the new seasons started and I needed my Big Bang Theory & Good Wife fix, I got Hulu Plus, briefly, then cancelled it. I can watch for free on Hulu or directly on the networks. The Hulu Plus $8 a month fee gave me the ability to watch it on my Kindle & Galaxy Note 2, which I don't need, the laptop is just fine. I also do have Netflix for a bit of Saturday movie night variety, but it's only $8 a month and House of Cards was worth it.
So although I have not completely quit TV, I have decreased my viewing by at least 50%. And my internet bill? $65 a month (not including Amazon Prime at $79 a year/$6.58 a month or Netflix at $7.99 a month). A nice 50% savings from my old AT&T Uverse bill of $130 per month.
Anyone else ever do this? I'd like to hear your story, share it by commenting below.