It’s been a year since we cancelled cable. After the initial adjustment, its been much smoother than expected. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon provide more than enough to watch. It seems like most companies are beginning to pay attention and at least making an attempt to meet the streaming demand.
Even with all of the content, here have been a couple of times that I’ve missed it.
Sports and News
Not being able to watch MNF was awful, but I got by somehow. CBS got the new Thursday night NFL deal, so that will help. This was the first year that I didn’t watch the majority of the college bowl games. The MLB package is available for purchase on Roku, but there isn’t enough time to watch enough games to make it worthwhile. The Winter Olympic coverage didn’t show many of the sports I wanted to see and none of them live. The World Cup is going to be rough.
Sports is easily the biggest programming issue that remains with cutting cable.
As a news junkie, not having 24 hour news has led me to read much more than before . There are still times that it would be nice to have CNN/Fox/BBC.
The plan originally was to go with a HTPC, but then Roku, Plex and Aereo came into the picture and that combination seems to work well. No complaints here and I haven’t made any modifications this setup. Aereo’s DVR service isn’t perfect but it is good enough and I am still hoping they expand their channel selection. I purchased a Chromecast but haven’t really used it very much.
If anything happens that disrupts what I currently have I’ll look into a HTPC, but for now there is no need.
Now that the set up costs are paid for the only costs are the monthly service fees and any movies that we purchase.
At this point i don’t see any way that I’d ever go back.