When we moved, back in October, we left something behind: Cable TV.
It isn't like we went off the grid. The Cox guy still came out and hooked up the high speed internet. And we even got TWO phone lines (one for alarm system.)
So, why, then?
Mostly, it was because of Miley Cyrus. Hannah Montana is full of super snotty attitude, and my daughter started acting like her. (She was also being carefully coached by Zack, Cody, and iCarly. And although it didn't seem to be affecting the boys as much, they all sat around watching inane pre-teen sitcoms for hours at a time, without blinking. I tried to block the channel, but they figured out the password. I tried to set the TIVO so the kids could only watch recorded shows. They figured out how to record iCarly. They are very smart and resourceful children.
So we got rid of cable. Now, they don't watch TV all day. They actually go outside to play, jump on the trampoline, and ride their bikes. But I'll be honest. They fight a lot more, too. Jane is horrible to Sam, and vice versa. It is like living with a super mean Hannah Montana.
I read this article this morning. According to the comments I read, everyone is super thrilled with turning off the cable.
My own feelings are mixed.
What I like:
Kids not becoming drooling coach potatoes.
Not paying tons of money to bring lots of nastiness into home. (Although, plenty of nasty in prime time regular TV.)
Extra PBS channels. I watch them all the time.
New kid station called Qubo. Which kids don't love, so only watch occasionally.
Lots of channels are HD, and look great on our big fancy set Jake got for his birthday.
What I don't like:
CANNOT GET GOOD ENOUGH RECEPTION WITH ANTENNA. I get very irate when I sit down at night to watch my TIVO, only to find the reception wasn't good enough, and my favorite show is just a black screen. Yes, I know there's Hulu, but I want to lie in bed and nurse my baby, not sit in the office chair in front of the computer. (Yes, I can see the irony that I write this while sitting in front of the computer.)
I miss the Food Network, HGTV, TLC, Discovery. I miss the Barefoot Contessa. I miss House Hunters International. Okay, fine, sometimes I even miss Survivorman and Mythbusters. Jakes misses Burn Notice. But he watches it at work, where he has satellite. He even gets BBC America there. Which makes me green with envy.
The channels don't change correctly. Getting where you need to go is like wading blindfolded through the La Brea Tar Pits.
Couldn't get Conference on WB this year, and didn't have KBYU. Jake rigged up computer to TV. He is very handy.
So anyhow, my feelings are mixed. And I'll tell you, I am scared to death of having five kids home all summer (110 degrees outside, you'll remember) with a newborn, and no TV to entertain the elder children. If it weren't for the pool, I think I'd have already called the cable guy.
I'm a weak woman.
Have any of you unplugged? Love it? Hate it? Are you considering the switch? Or love your cable and think I'm crazy?