I have canceled my dish service effective July 4th. I don’t know if I will end up reconnecting it or not but I want to give life a shot without mainstream TV. Starting July 4th, I will be using either Hulu.com or Netflix to stream video to my TV. I have done this in the past on my computer when I haven’t been able to get to the TV due to other folks using it. And yes, I realize that on July 4th, I will be all by myself and no longer have to share but that is not the point.
Dish is 65$ a month. Even if I reduce the package to the basic package, it is still 45$ a month. Internet connection is 30$ a month. I will have this no matter what so I can work from home. So why not take advantage of the money I am already spending for my internet connection and use it for TV viewing? I am also subscribed to Netflix for 9$ a month. This gets me 1 DVD at a time and unlimited streaming. Again, why not take advantage of this and stream even more videos?
In fact, I will probably increase my internet connection (I have the lowest bandwidth package) for 10$… hmmm… I just did some quick research on the internet and it seems that what I am being charged for isn’t listed. I pay 29.99 and the lowest regular rate is 32.99. It seems that the next regular rate is 44.99. Maybe I won’t be increasing my service right away. I actually get a really decent picture as it is so I think I will wait on this.
Well ok… so maybe not increasing the speed on my internet connection… but I will be changing my Netflix package to 2 DVDs at a time with unlimited streaming. So I increase my Netflix by 5$ but I save 65$ by canceling the dish. A net savings of 60$ a month is a weeks worth of groceries. When looked at it this way, I suppose it is small potatoes.
But what will it do for my TV watching habits? Will I still watch TV just as much but simply using a different method of delivery or will I actually watch less TV? Will my TV viewing be more focused? Right now, I often will walk away from the TV and do something else – especially during commercials. Commercials are going to be a thing of the past so no popping up during commercials to empty the dishwasher or put away my clothes. Maybe I will move away from TV watching and start reading…. or head outside… or? Nobody knows – including me.