A little over two years ago, we cut our cable TV, and without cable, we eliminated TV from our lives. We were still able to watch many of the shows we cared about on the Internet, but we were not watching them live, which was actually not a bad thing. We could just go online and watch at a convenient time, as long as we didn’t wait too long and the networks removed them from their web sites. There were two things we could not do: channel flip and watch sports. Channel flipping is not a huge deal. You miss a few treasures you might stumble upon, but save yourself a ton of time watching shows you normally would not make any effort to find online. As for sports, it has been hard, but life seems to have gone on just fine (I am saying this with sarcasm; life has been just fine). Well, this past Christmas, we got a new TV (a Vizio 55″ LCD with LED backlight smart TV with built-in Wi-fi and Internet applications like YouTube, FaceBook, Netflix, and more) that allows us to watch the free over-the-air broadcasts, and I am a bit embarrassed to admit that it has been really nice.
TV has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember, and now it is gone. For the last four months, our family has been without cable, satellite, or any means of getting TV in our house. With expenses increasing over the past few yeasts and no increases in income, we decided to look at ways to cut back. This is one of those ways we are trying. How has it gone? Well, I am having sports fan withdrawal, but surprisingly we have done pretty well.