And so it has come to this. Your faithful TV Nerd has canceled his cable TV service in favor of going the Hulu Plus/Amazon Instant Video route, courtesy of a Roku box. Our cable bill became unreasonably astronomical at roughly $150 a month, which is much too much to pay for 200+ channels of mostly nothing interesting. Luckily, we were able to keep our cable modem, so our internet and streaming capabilities haven’t been interrupted.
After two decades of being a cable subscriber, it’s going to be a big adjustment not watching shows as they air, but generally I’ve been recording them on the DVR and watching them on other days anyway, so I guess not much will actually change. Except I won’t be dropping big bucks every month for a service I don’t really need anymore. (Hulu Plus is only $7.99 a month!)
It’s a brave new world out there, folks. Especially when it comes to watching TV. There are so many new ways to do it without actually needing cable (or a TV, for that matter) that sometimes I feel a bit like Phil Hartman’s Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: Your strange new streaming capabilities frighten and confuse me! But it’s also kind of cool. We’ll see how it works out, but I suspect it’s going to be just fine.