Want to Destroy ESPN and CNN Forever? Cut the Cord, Dummy

Cut the Cord

Cut the Cord

Cut the cord if you want to forever destroy CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, Disney, MTV, MSNBC, and the like. Netflix is better anyway.

Source: Nolte: Want to Destroy ESPN and CNN Forever? Cut the Cord, Dummy

I have been trying to convince my friends and family to cut the cord for years.   My mother cut the cord last year.  I have already saved $4,500 in 3 years and my only costs were an OTA (Over the Air) antenna, a signal booster, coax cable and a rotor antenna. ($300)   I get 27 channels from 75 miles away (yes that’s over the horizon) where TV is not supposed to work, but it does through the magic of bouncing the transmission off the ionosphere and a signal booster.

Yes, there are times where my local NBC station fades out for about an hour.  Yes, sometimes a heavy storm with wind can interrupt the signal and Yes, there is times where nothing is on.

Perhaps that is a good thing.  I don’t subsidize garbage networks, I am forced to do other things with my time like blog, work in the yard, clean my house, pay attention to my dogs and just plain old relax.

I am in an area where Internet services are wildly expensive.  $130 a month for 30 gig.   This makes streaming prohibitive, however for those that live in the crime riddled cities this is not a problem.   You can pay a small amount of money for Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming stations over your Internet wires without subsidizing those prejudiced fake news and sports channels.

I grew up in a time where there was black and white TV, and there was a half-dozen channels we could get.   I have to say I am a better person for it.  It forced me to do other things.

Perhaps you should really sit down and decide what is really important in life.  A bunch of fake news channels, a bunch of porn channels or your life and family.  Yes, cutting the cord will piss you off for about a month.   You may miss the History Channel or the Garden Channel.  Those can simple be replaced by on-line options or a book.

The final question you might ask yourself.   I save about $1,500 a year by cutting the cord.  In 10 years that is $15,000.  That is in after tax dollars.  It costs you about $4,000 in taxes to make that 15K.   What could you do with $19,000 or about $1,900 a year?  A nice vacation? A cheap new car you just paid cash for?  A whole home solar system eliminating your monthly electric bill?   The possibilities are endless when you cut the cord.

Before you cut the cord do some research.  See how many OTA TV stations you can actually pickup.   If you live in the city you may not even need an OTA roof antenna.   At my Mom’s house I put a $40 TV antenna in the attic and pointed it towards the transmission towers.   (In Sacramento thats over 30 channels).   In rural America it could be no channels.

2 Responses

  1. Don says:

    Mike, that is excellent advice. I am going to do some research on how I can do this in my area of utah County. I have been thinking about it for sometime. I am sick of paying for cable that shows the same programs month after month. I will miss getting the FNC, but i will figure out something else. I also read everyone of your opinions and thank you greatly for such a voice of light in such a dark world. I am waiting intently to see what happens to the formation of the Jefferson State. I pray to God that they are able to secede from the completely corrupted state of California. They to me are a total representation of the Democratic Party’s example of political chaos and corruption. Give them time and like most rebellious people they will destroy all that they have and never decide on any solution, because they can’t. I pray for Californis and there people, who are under such chaotic rule. Thank You.

    • Mike says:

      The Fox News website does stream some of its broadcasts since they revamped the website a few weeks ago. I liked FNC and the programming. I do miss the ability to get the channel. Interesting enough PBS does have some unbiased reporting. I have resorted to going to the web for News. I have found quite a bit of news sources out there. The whitehouse.gov website does give quite a bit of information if you go to the briefing room. That is the real scoop before the fake news agencies get their hands / political spin on it. I read the Christian Science Monitor – it has some good articles. FNC has some good publications as well a trunews. You still have to sort through the political views and try to figure out what is real and what is fake. I only watch the local news networks to see what is going on locally – not state or federal government – just the local stuff. Its hard to put a political spin on a murder, robbery or new business opening —