Today I feel a newfound sense of freedom. This week I said “Bye-bye Comcast.” Okay, so what I really said was “Take it with you now. Take the cable, the box, and the remote. Take it with you now.”
I won’t go into the frustrating details of the soap opera that led up to such a demand. However, that is the only cable provider available to me, so I’ve been developing alternatives for my electronic companion [you might call yours a TV]. Wouldn’t you know that my DVD player went out right away, but it was old. I got a new one for $40 at Overstock.com.
One of the local news channels has a free live streaming video. Even though I have little patience for the news, I force myself to watch some. And I do watch the weather. So that’s covered. I don’t need cable for that.
I’ve gotten really familiar with Netflix, something I had never used before. I have a month’s free trial on both the “immediate” [to computer] or the DVDs by mail. They are really quick with the DVDs, by the way. They offer a much wider selection than I could get using my “economy package” cable.
Suddenly I’m using my Nook for much more than bedside reading. I even have my Nook [like a Kindle] streaming Netflix video straight from Nook to TV so I can watch on the large screen — without waiting for the DVD in the mail. [Yes, if I found the right cable I could do that with my computer too, but the Nook is smaller and much easier to place next to the TV.]
Okay, now let me talk economics. My “Economy” cable package kept cutting channels. It wasn’t much more than basic. So how does this compare with my monthly cable bill? With all the taxes and other nickels and dimes they tack on to the “price,” if I don’t add a pay per view movie, economy cable was about $55.02.
After my free month, Netflix will be 7.99 each for the “instant” and the DVD-by-mail. Call it $15.98. Even if I added the one-time cost of the new DVD player it would be less than “Economy” plus one movie.
I’m cable free! So, is that cool or what?
Comcast, I have just one comment for you: