It's been seven months now since I cut the cable cord. I can honestly say I do not miss it a bit. In fact, after being a Cox Cable "customer zombie" for twenty years, taking it in the rear every year as they raised my rates, I feel liberated! These days, after two decades of screwing me, and never rewarding me for long term loyalty, Cox has been sending me offer after offer, as much as half of what I was paying, if I would only come back to them. I'm tempted not at all.
Once I dropped cable I went down to Walmart and got myself a $7 dollar indoor antenna....and discovered that I get 57 over the air channels, all of them far more crisp and clear than the picture Cox Cable was giving me. I later learned why; Cox Cable uses their bandwidth to "split" the signal over their transmission lines so that they can cram more QVC and Home Shopping Network and a dozen religious stations and another dozen Hispanic stations, all of which I neither want or need.
After discovering the wonder of over the air programming I then went out and bought myself a little
ROKU box and began streaming tv and movies over the Internet. As an Amazon Prime member I get thousands of free TV and movies at a cost of $79 dollars per year ($6.50 a month) and that membership includes free Kindle book loans and free two day shipments for my Amazon purchases. I also hop on those free two months of Netflix and Huluplus, then cancel subscritpions before they get a dime from me.
So, I still enjoy watching Modern Family and two seasons of Falling Skies and discovered two seasons of the wonderful "Jericho" and watch commercial free viewings of Under The Dome....and all of this after cutting the cable cord. My ROKU also brings me all of those wonderful PBS programs and documentaries that I always loved, now to be watched at my leisure and on my schedule.
So that I never be in need of entertainment I cruise Amazon for bargain DVD's of entire seasons of my favorite movies and TV series and, like a conductor with his baton, I orchestrate wonderful entertainment with my three chair side remote controls; TV, ROKU, DVD player. Ahh! Freedom!
So, Cox, if you're listening...stop sending me "pimp offers" to get me to return. Your business model sucks; you punish loyal customers with ever increasing rates and reward "newbies" with discounts...newbies that will drop you in a heartbeat as soon as you even hint of a rate increase.
Got to go now...I have a fresh episode of Modern Family awaiting me.....and I've got to balance my checkbook now that I'm saving $101.33 per month by cutting the cord. :)