Change is tough. Changing something I’ve been used to my entire life is especially tough. For me, that something was cable TV.
Having “background TV” on has always been a normal thing growing up. Though probably not the best thing to grow up around, it was what we grew up around nonetheless. After I got married and moved out on my own, it was just assumed we would sign up for a cable package.
After all, how else would I watch basketball and football? And how else would we be able to DVR our favorite TV shows?
It turns out that there are now tons of ways to do this. I’ve actually previously written about the benefits of cutting cable a couple of years ago. Despite the obvious financial and anti-commercialism benefits cutting cable would provide, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
My main hangup was how I was going to watch sports. If I can’t get NFL network, ESPN or any local channels I would have to invade people’s homes who did have cable. That’s not a way to live life.
But I’m happy to say that I did finally cut the cord a couple of months ago. And with great results. We’re saving money every month and only watching those things we want to. And it was a specific service that helped me finally take the plunge.
Playstation Vue FTW
There was always a video game system in my house growing up. It all started with the original 8-bit Nintendo, then Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube and then the Playstations.
I currently have a Playstation 3 but I honestly haven’t used it to play a video game in years. Being a full time doctor, husband and father will do that to you. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But the PS3 is still being extensively used to watch shows on Netflix and Amazon Video. We watch almost all of our TV shows on these two services.
And now the PS3 being used a lot more because my 3 year old son ended up downloading a free trial of Playstation Vue. And it changed everything.
I heard of Vue from ads here and there but never really thought anything of it. But as I dug into it more I realized it will solve my biggest hurdle in cutting cable: watching sports. I particularly love watching NFL football and NBA basketball. The main channels I watched on cable were ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, TNT, TBS and local channels for live games.
And guess what. Playstation Vue has them all! For $35/month I could get all these channels along with a bunch of other great ones (Comedy Central, CNN and MSNBC to name a few) streaming on my PS3.
And that’s exactly what I did. This made cutting cable really easy and a no brainer. Even with the Playstation Vue monthly price I’m saving a healthy amount per month from what I was paying before. And I don’t have to pay for the DVR and the laundry list of TV related taxes.
Not Missing Anything
Between Netflix, Amazon Video and Playstation Vue, we don’t miss our cable package at all. We get more shows than we could ever watch with Netflix and Amazon, and I get my fill of sports with the Playstation Vue options.
Since the channels are streaming there is the occasional hiccup like with any Internet connection, but that is a once a week occurrence. The TV watching experience is almost identical as with a traditional cable package, and it will only get better as Internet reliability improves over time.
And because of certain broadcast rules, some channels are not allowed to show commercials during breaks. This is actually an added blessing since we won’t be influenced by a barrage of ads and it actually forces us to talk to each other during commercial breaks.
In short, we don’t miss our former cable package in the least.
$150.43= Old monthly cable bill (includes TV, Internet, home phone, DVR rental and various random taxes)
$72.59= New monthly cable bill (includes faster Internet, home phone and no random taxes)
$34.99= Monthly payment for Playstation Vue
$42.85= Money saved per month. And our lives are actually a little better because of the faster internet and fewer commercials.
I could say I can’t believe we waited this long to cut the cord, but there were not many good options available to watch sports until recently.
But with services like Playstation Vue, Sling TV and even a good old fashioned antenna depending on where you live, you can still get your favorite channels and then some.