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Cutting the Cable.


In February, the husband and I ditched our Comcast cable. I am happy to report that there has been no insanity, and no loss of happiness, and no one has died. And we get to keep an extra $60 a month.

Sure, it was tough saying good-bye to Mythbusters, The Soup, BBC America and everyone over at The Food Network. But it's been very peaceful simply turning the TV off, rather than leaving our guilty pleasures (such as House Hunters, Storage Wars and Attack of the Show) on all the time.

Our transition was helped by a friend and new neighbor moving in just 2 blocks away from us. She's got a satellite dish, and gracefully allowed us to come over and watch Chopped All-Stars. We even turned the series finale into a Chopped-style competition, where my dish was roasted blue potatoes crusted with Goldfish crackers, and a chocolate dipping sauce.

The best thing about having cable (since Battlestar Galactica ended) was having a Digital Video Recorder. After much research, the husband found a suitable replacement DVR: the Sezmi. It's a pretty reasonable deal at $150 to buy the unit and $5 a month for the TV listings service. It records over the air broadcasts so that we can watch when we're ready, and even learns your preferences and records more of what you want (like a Tivo). So far, the Sezmi discovered that the husband likes Star Trek: The Next Generation, and that I like Let's Make a Deal.

A small confession: we technically still have cable. It was $1 cheaper per month to keep the most minimal cable package and bundle it with our internet service than to get rid of all cable completely. The only extra channel this gives us is Discovery, and it's currently only connected to the bedroom's TV. So it's just like we don't have cable, except sometimes when I'm folding laundry.

Next on the agenda, we will buy our own cable modem instead of renting one from Comcast for $7 a month.


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