We lived without cable for years and just last year decided to try out Dish Network. Now, before I say anything else, I do have to say that I really think Dish Network is the best option out there for cable/satellite TV. We did our homework, tried Dish Network and Direct TV at friends houses, and I really do believe that Dish Network was the best choice out of what’s available.
That being said, Ryan and I both regret the decision now. Yes, part of that regret is that he was laid off in April and we are now stuck in a 2 year contract. But the main regret is that we just don’t use it enough to justify the cost.
So let’s weigh the pros and cons of not having cable/satellite. I don’t want to convince you guys of anything… you know what’s right for your family. But I think that if Ryan and I would’ve really looked through these when we were making the decision to get satellite service our decision would likely have been a different one.
Getting rid of cable/satellite – Pros:
1. You save $40-$50 per month which equals $480-$600 in savings PER YEAR! That turns into a good chunk of change that you can put towards something else.
2. With high-speed internet, you can now watch just about all of your favorite shows online. Hulu.com is one of the main places to watch, as well as the actual TV channel’s website. ABC.com, NBC.com, CBS.com, FOX.com, TLC.com, Lifetime.com…. all of them have full-length episodes of their most popular shows.
3. You can use the money you save to get an $8.99/month subscription to Netflix (plus you get a 1 month free trial!!) For that $8.99 per month, you can get access to just about any movie or TV show out there, and you can watch many of them directly on your computer, or through your Wii, Xbox360 or PS3. We use our Wii to watch the instant Netflix movies/TV shows and the quality is excellent!
4. You can still get all of your local channels with a Digital Antenna. My kids were just as happy when they only had PBS Kids as they are now with Disney/Nick Jr. Plus, they can watch their favorite Nick Jr or Playhouse Disney shows on the web.
5. You can easily hook up your laptop or computer right to your TV to watch hulu.com, abc.com, fox.com, etc… All you need is a special cord (depending on which type of laptop and which type of TV you have) to hook it up.
Getting rid of cable/satellite – Cons:
1. You will miss some shows. There are shows that might be “must-see” shows for you that Netflix, Hulu or the station’s website just don’t have.
2. You will not have the wide variety of sports channels on game weekends. Although, for many of you ladies, this might be a pro instead of a con. 🙂
3. It’s not as easy to record shows since you don’t have DVR. I have to admit, when we do get rid of Dish Network I will really miss our DVR!
4. If you live far away from a big city, then it will be tougher (or next to impossible) to get the local channels. If local channels are something you count on, then this could be a huge con.
So what do you guys think? Is it worth it to cut the cable/satellite bill for your family? If you’ve chosen to keep it, what were your reasons? Are there places that I missed where you can watch your favorite TV episodes?