It has been a year since I dropped my digital cable and all of the bonus features I had in exchange for broadcast cable, Netflix and the internet. The impetus for the switch was money and honestly a lack of content worth sticking around for. I rarely watched more than a few channels and for what I was paying I could have been driving a nice used car. I am saving around $100 a month with just broadcast cable, internet and the Netflix streaming/DVD-by-mail one out plan. In the Netflix one-out plan you can have any DVD or Blu-ray delivered to you by mail at any given time and you can receive as many as they can send you in a given month. Netflix also offers a streaming option in which you can watch any of their streaming options at any time for a separate amount. This is the way I have primarily started watching television. I still occasionally watch sports and or a network show on broadcast cable and since it is in HD I don’t feel like I am missing anything. Netflix will also begin offering its own original programming in 2012-2013, including a new season of Arrested Development.
In a previous post I mentioned a “scrobbling” for movies and I think Netflix may be a quasi solution. Since it tracks both the movies and TV I watch and my ratings for those movies and shows it begins to form a recommendation for me specifically. It isn’t perfect, but it is better than nothing. There are other alternatives to Netflix of course including Amazon Video on Demand for it’s Prime members and Apple TV which is more of a pay-per-view model instead of a subscription. The only drawback I have noticed since I cut my cable is that I end up spending less time watching television. Wait, did I say drawback? I meant benefit. I find myself reading more, listening to music, spending time with family and playing more video games than I was when I had cable television. Not to mention I get to choose what I watch and when. Overall, I recommend to anyone who is tired of paying the cable company more money than what television is truly worth to look at this setup as an option.