Anyone else cutting loose?
I want to.
Down here in Central Florida, we're paying $115.00 + taxes per month for our Bright House Cable/Internet/Home Phone bundle. We only watch a couple of the cable channels and in spite of paying for their DVR which allows access to all of their HD channels, my wife continues to watch all of her shows in SD, because the channels are easier to remember - Bright House's HD channels start @ 1000.
I believe that we can just get by on either Bright House's internet only (cable broadband) @ $50/month or possibly the ATT u-verse internet only @ $47/month (one year contract) - a savings of $65-$68/month or $780-$812/year. Most of our TV watching is on the broadcast networks anyway, and with 4 cell phones now in our house (me, my wife, my daughter and my son) the need for a home phone is disappearing. We are all however, internet addicted, so I'm willing to keep that.
My problem is "wife-resistance-to-change." She mainly likes that she can record all of her shows and watch them at her convenience with the cable company's DVR. As a possible solution, I am trying out Boxee on my Toshiba Satellite laptop, backed up with TED recording the latest episodes thru uTorrent as sort of a PVR. We may be buying my daughter a new laptop soon, so her old Acer Aspire netbook could become a dedicated PVR down the road.
For the broadcast TV, I have connected a "Stealth Hawk" antenna to our Samsung 42" plasma. Even with it inside the house about 8 1/2 FT off the ground, I'm getting every broadcast station in Orlando, FL even though we're approximately 40-45 miles from the transmitters. I've pared down the channel list to exclude the spanish language and religious stations that we wouldn't watch anyway and I still have 23 channels (9 main channels with 14 subchannels), including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, My Network, this, ion (with qubo & ion Life) and 11 different PBS stations (each showing different content). I figure a permanent installation in the attic (about 3-4 feet higher) later on will solidly lock in all of the OTA stations without any pixelation or signal loss problems.
I haven't sprung any of this on my dear wife yet. I want her to give it a test drive before asking her to actually cut the cable. I don't have a PC remote yet, although the wireless mouse does work for Boxee from the couch. And I haven't found some of her favorite recorded shows on Boxee or TED yet - Intervention, Bethenny Ever After, "The Real Housewives of" shows, Heavy, and Cake Boss. We're also already streaming Netflix thru our wii gaming console.
Are there any other "wife-resistance" issues that other guys have run into that I should be aware of before attempting to get my wife to buy into cutting the cable?