I canceled DirecTV

Published on Apr 28, 2019

When I was a kid I remember we had a brown cable box with a remote control tethered to it with a long cord. I believe HBO was channel 1. Throughout my years growing up we always had cable. This changed when I was in college where I relied on an antenna to get local channels for a few years. But once out of college and on my own, when I moved to an apartment the first thing I did was get internet and the second thing I did was get cable. 

In 2010 I switched from cable to satellite TV. It was cheaper and overall a better experience. I've had some form of cable or satellite TV for the last twenty years. In fact, I'm on record as saying the DVR is my favorite non-Apple device. 

It's time for a change. I will free up some time by eliminating the temptation to watch content that has been conveniently recorded. I will also free up the monthly expense. 

I suppose it's easier to become a "cord-cutter" nowadays with all the other options available. I do have an AppleTV with access to Amazon Prime content as well as HBO (until Game of Thrones ends) and I'm keeping Netflix (I haven't totally lost my mind.)

I'm reminded of a couple years ago when I told a friend of mine I was getting rid of the TV in my bedroom, and he thought that was a crazy idea and something he'd never do. My past self might think the same thing about getting rid of cable/satellite TV. Sorry, old friend, but it's really for the best.