After many years of having and enjoying cable TV, I have now opted out. Definitely there are some good things about cable TV. For example, besides educational programming sometimes you can only see certain sporting events or pop culture shows if you have a cable subscription. But for me and my household, we will be finding our entertainment elsewhere.
These are some things I do not like about cable TV and the companies that run it:
- being lured by short term discounts that are tied to 24 month contracts
- having to pay outrageous prices
- having 200+ channels but regularly watching only 5-6 at most
- dealing with a customer service department that, more times than not, is lacking
- having to buy a whole tier or package of channels that you aren't interested in because there is one channel out of the 30 that you do want
- feeling pressured to bundle with other services if you want to save money
- experiencing intermittent outages in service, especially during storms or the Word Series
- discovering that being a loyal customer is not valued - to get the really good deals you must be a new customer
There are times when I miss having cable, but with an antenna in my area I can pick up three national networks. There is always the option of looking into satellite service, too. However, I am finding that I really don't watch the television much anymore.
Someday I may go back to cable. By then I will be a new customer again and be able to cash in on some lucrative deals. Then again-- I probably won't ever go back to cable TV.
How do you watch television?