We’ve been a loyal subscriber to DirecTV since 2001, but I think we may be defecting soon.
We were once paying over $80 a month for a bunch of channels we never watched, and only a handful we did. We also had Netflix which was another $20 a month. So by 2008 we were paying over $100 a month to watch TV. And didn’t even blink twice about the bill.
When I got laid off in early 2009 we reduced our programming down to the most basic package (about 30 channels) and have been supplementing the lack of channels with our Netflix account (both DVDs and streaming) since then. It is a rare occasion now that I see something about a TV show I can’t watch and wish I had more channels. And usually I forget about the show in question and don’t miss not seeing it (how’s that for your daily double negative?).
Since that time, our bill has been the following:
Yes, we’ve been with DirecTV for over 11 years, but I’m not one to think I have to stick with them. Yes, I have programming saved on our DVRs, but the one recording that really matters – the one that features the 2005 CNN feature about Cootiehog and KateSpot – is one we own outright and wouldn’t have to give up if we ended our relationship with DirecTV.
As an experiment, Denis and I recently bought a Roku which we put in our bedroom. We didn’t really need it – we have DirecTV in our bedroom already – but I thought getting it would help us decide what we wanted to do with our monthly cable bill.
If we were to get rid of DirecTV and just go with peripherals for our programming, here’s what we’d be paying:
That’s amazing! Especially since that’s less than we pay JUST for DirecTV right now!
I don’t know when we’ll make the switch, but it’s looking more and more likely that we will leave DirecTV and go to peripherals only. For local channels (purely for local news, weather and traffic), we’d just buy a couple digital antennas (we already have one for our home office TV) which are only a one time expense of $20-30 each.