So last week I made the big plunge into a world without cable television. That is a bit of a exaggeration because I still have basic cable, but only because it’s cheaper to have cable + internet rather than no cable at all. It doesn’t make sense to me either, but then neither does paying $162-a-month for the privilege of watching “Project Runway” and reruns of “A Different World” while surfing the internet.
If I were a stronger person I’d go without TV altogether. But I am weak, and I discovered that Netflix has the entire series run of “Felicity” streaming. If they had “Dawson’s Creek” you might never hear from me again. Yeah, I know I have Dawson’s on DVD but that’s just too pre-historic for words. Media on DVD? As if.
The best part of cutting the cable is that I’m starting to get over that whole “needing to own media” hangup that marks me as O to the L to the D. Of course, I should mention, this paradigm shift is only happening where TV/Movies are concerned.
I still can’t get on board with the idea of subscribing to music ala Spotify or Rdio. For some reason I need to have my music even if it is just the bits and bytes of an MP3. Maybe I have no faith in the longevity of music subscription services or maybe I just can’t see paying for access to something that I can just as easily own forever and ever.
However, when it comes to TV and Movies I’m all about paying for access to the stuff. Because while I’d never ever buy “3rd Rock From the Sun” on DVD, being able to watch it on Netflix is the bee’s knees (I have something of a John Lithgow fetish that started when I watched “The World According to Garp” at an age when I should not have been watching it).
Being able to shift the paradigm for TV & Movies probably says more about the importance I place on these media in my life than anything else. When it comes to entertainment my rankings go like this:
Which is why I’ll probably be the very last person on the planet to switch to eBooks.
So far, cutting the cable rocks the cash bar. I wish I would have made the plunge ages ago, because I can think of about 283,184,951 things I can do with the $1200 a year I won’t be giving to Comcast.