On Thursday, I finally cancelled our cable service.
About a month ago, we realized that we had not turned on our cable TV in over two months. With our existing streaming services, we had no need to. There are way more shows and movies to watch on those than we could ever consume in a lifetime. Even the inane stuff I like to have on the in background while I do home tasks are now streaming.
I've always been resistant to cutting cable. First, it was the price. It would take a lot of different streaming services to equal our cable package. Then it was live sports. It was hard to (legally) stream live sports. Nowadays, both of those concerns are moot points. All the streaming services have merged and/or added content. More free streaming services keep cropping up. You can live stream basically any sport.
My main hurdle was not wanting to deal with Comcast. It's just such a pain. But the lure of saving about $100 a month finally did it. I couldn't cut the cord online (because of course not). I could change my plan but not cancel an individual part. Their chat service just looped me through changing my plan over and over again. It took me a half hour to track down a phone number. It's not listed on their Contact Us page. It's not listed on their Help page. It's not listed in your account. The lead phone number listed in Google was wrong (at least when I checked). I had to find a PDF of the print bill to locate Comcast's phone number.
The call itself was a shockingly easy experience and I was able to upgrade our internet speed and cancel our cable in about 15-minutes. Then all I had to do was return our cable box on Friday.
That's it. 45 minutes of pain plus a quick errand to save over $1,000 a year.
Should have done this a lot sooner.
Have you cut the cable?