No more cable television
For roughly six or seven years now I've talked about getting rid of cable television.
At first, I dumped cable and went to DirectTV. This worked for a while and then I got tired of DirectTV's bullshit hidden charges and their schemes to trick you in to added programming with out your permission. I found myself having to review the monthly bills for crap I didn't order.
Then I tried PrismTV but they don't have it in my neighborhood which ended up being a bad thing for my local phone company because I told them to go fuck off. They switched my phone service from $13 a month to $32 a month when I didn't even ask for it.
We had just 911 service and they put me on their new plan even after I told the asshole on the phone "I can't get Prism here because the engineer said I can't; so no, I don't want to switch. Do not switch me".
So the end came when I had switched back to cable and my bill was $185 (internet and tv). I realized that by having 1,000 channels of complete shit was being supported by me (and every one else). No one actually watches most of these loser shows and my money was going to support them even though I didn't watch them.
Today I now have ROKU which I can say is awesome, even though I don't have ESPN or some other channels. I instead have my computer to give me all my sports updates and I can watch highlights later if needed.
Now I'm paying $63 a month, not forgetting the $99 a spent for the box.
It took a little bit of time to setup, but I've got free Amazon Prime, free Netflix (temporary) and $7.99 a month for HULU PLUS.
I sat and watched some shows this weekend just to get a feel for how things worked and I can't believe it took me this long to switch.
I think my next major switch is to finally get all my computers/servers over to Ubuntu. I have a few systems along with some dual boots which I love. I just haven't been able to fully make the switch because I'm lazy and don't want to back up shit so I can get rid of Microsoft completely.
For now I'll settle for not having to deal with cableTV. I'm glad it is gone and I'm looking forward to see how things shape up with cable television dying off in the next ten years.