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July 13, 2006


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I am not sure I could completely give up TV. I hardly ever watch it, but I use the DVR to record shows that I want to watch, and I then watch them at my leisure. I only watch Fox News, the History Channel, CSPAN, and the Discovery Channel beyond some of the local news (which is all available online). I wish I could just pick exactly which channels that I wanted and only pay for those.

Plus, we do the pay-per-view movies, which is great. They cost as much as going to the video store, but we get no late fees, and we record them on the DVR, too. And late fees are a big one... because we probably turned in video late 50% of the time.

But how are we going to watch the History Channel (which is pretty much the only worthwhile channel)?

Have considered this sooo many times! We go to the movies only 1-2 times per year, don't drink, smoke or take vacations...dull huh? Cable seems to be our only form of intertainmet. I love it late at night the most. A real time waster but have not gone forward with this idea of cancellation.

For our family, we will keep our cable. It's the only way we can get any channels where we live and we like watching semi-local news from time to time. For just our basic plan, it only costs $15.45/month - so that's not too bad.

I am almost 56 and never had cable until a month ago. My hand was forced when Katie Couric got Bob Schieffer's gig on CBS and the local CBS affiliate was the only station I could get without cable. I got basic which is $10.28 a month which lets me get local PBS, NBC and ABC. It even lets me get fuzzy reception of the History Channel and the Home and Garden Channel. After years of fuzzy over-the-air reception, this is no big deal. While it would be nice to get some other stations and a crisper image on the History Channel, I prefer to pocket the extra $35 or so a month.

My wife and I don't currently have cable and can't seem to justify it. We don't want to be slaves to a weekly broadcasting schedule, so we watch all of our TV via Netflix. This way we can watch things on our time, without commercials, and can watch several episodes back-to-back if we want to.

The only pain I have without cable is not being able to watch much college football... the rabbit ears only pick up about 4 stations. I figure if I've made it this far into the season, I can make it the rest of the way.

I just hope I feel the same way when college basketball rolls around, as there's an even smaller percentage on broadcast.

I am trying to kick the TV habit because I really only have 3 or 4 shoes I watch. It's a big time vampire for me since I work at home. But it's so hard to cut it off! I need that white noise in the background.

I honestly would rather pay for the few shows I watch (like when I buy a whole season via iTunes) and have the option to burn them to DVD or view tham via my computer or iPod, than pay for cable every month. 40 bucks each for 4 shows is about $160 per year, as opposed to a $75 monthly cable bill.

My husband and I canceled our dish network 3 years ago. We don't watch t.v. and for that matter we hardly ever watch videos (once in 6 months). Here is how it goes, we don't watch t.v., we don't see previews for movies so we don't feel like we are missing out on anything. It has been great for our family. We spend time together doing other family things, reading etc. Our girls watch a few videos maybe 2 a week. They have imaginations and rarely sport the common adhd behaviors that are so pervasive nowdays which I suspect may have something to do with constant t.v. watching. We save lots of money not having to pay monthly fees, movie costs etc. Plus we get lots of family time that is hard to come by and can't ever be replaced.

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