Cable Free and Loving (almost) Every Minute of It


After talking about it for months and after our current provider decided to hike our rates and we realized we use like 2 of the 100s of free channels they force you to purchase, we finally pulled the plug on our cable. Besides an initial purchase of a high definition antenna and a streaming DVD player, our bill has cut in half as we are now only paying for internet. SCORE!!

So far we are “free trialing” Hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime. So far we are pretty much just using Hulu Plus. Although we did rent a movie on Amazon Prime. I know there are a lot of other benefits to Amazon so we will probably keep that for awhile. The jury is out on Netflix. So far I am not sure of the benefit of that one.

The MAJOR drawback I wish I would have researched a tad more before pulling the plug is that we don’t have any access to my absolute favorite summer (and honestly any time of the year) show, So You Think You Can Dance. Why Fox, WHY?? I still need to find a way to get around that dilemma. Any of you know?

I am kind of digging this new way of watching TV. Since it is summer and there aren’t really any new shows on anyway we have started watching series in their entirety. I watch The Mindy Project while waiting for Ryan to come downstairs every night (he takes for. e. ver. to tuck the kiddos in while I am more of a story, kiss, run out of their room kind of tucker inner). I have found it to be adorable and funny.

But the highlight of the night. The reason even Ryan is speeding up his tuck ins. The moment I wait for and think about all day. We have started Downton Abbey.

I must confess that whenever something gets really hyped I tend to find myself very annoyed and will do anything to avoid whatever it is people are raving about (unless it is food, because duh). But on this one, the masses were DEAD ON. This show about British aristocracy and their servants set in the early 1900s is RIVETING? How insane is that? We are midway through season 1 and I know it only gets better.

On our future list of shows we want to tackle: Mad Men, Scandal, How I Met You Mother (so weird I never watched this) and Parks and Recreation.

What say you dear internet. What else should be on our list? Anything we should know as cable free newbies?


  1. Hmmm…our antenna gives us all the basic channels – sometimes repositioning it helps more channels to come in. Wish I could tell you which one we got, but all I can say is that it’s black and about the size of an 8×10. Techno wizard I am. I would try reprogramming it though if you have a local Fox channel that broadcasts in HD…
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  2. Shelley says:

    If you like Downton, you will also appreciate Call the Midwife. It’s set in London in the 1950s.

    Scandal is a must-watch for me, too.

    • So where is Call the Midwife? Hulu or Netflix?
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      • Shelley says:

        Looks like season 1’s on Netflix. I think season 2 is on pbs.org, and according to CTM’s facebook page, some stations are rerunning season 2 this summer.

  3. A few years ago, when I tried to go without cable – I could not get CBS – so I never got into The Good Wife. I have since caught up, thanks to Netflix, and I love it! I highly recommend it!

    • How do you get The Good Wife on Netflix? Mine says it’s unable to stream. :P I LOVE that show but hate that CBS is so stingy with making their shows available online after airing. TGW only has two, usually. Two Broke Chics started out airing them but after gaining popularity pulled them completely. So irritating. I have small kids so I can’t watch either of those shows when they air as they are not appropriate. (What tv show is, nowadays?? :P )
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  4. When we went cable free I started watching cheers on Netflix. I kinda watched too much at once though and am taking a little break but I love it!

  5. Oh yes Jill. I’ve seriously considered it myself too. Since right now we live next door to my parents we share Internet/cable and pay almost nothing. But I am enjoying the online streaming of Netflix. I’ll have to check out Hulu and amazon.
    Good for you!!
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  6. Do you have to have a smart TV to pull this off?
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