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