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Cutting the Cord

Today I officially became a cord cutter by calling Dish Network and canceling service after 15 years. That includes about a dozen years of HD service starting with just HBO in 2000 and continuing until I was receiving 60 channels for about $30/month.

For the past year or so, I’ve spending about $55/month for less time spent watching traditional TV and much more time watching TV over the internet using my Apple TVs. That, plus the 29 channels I get via an over the air antenna, makes it a pretty easy choice that I should have made sooner.

My service won’t officially be turned off until my current billing runs out on October 25th, but I’m looking forward to spending a little time catching on the real world and will updating my experiences here…

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  1. ggore
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    OMG, you’re giving up Hog Men, Log Men, Dog men, Ice Road Men, Gold Men, Alaskan Gold Men, Ocean Gold Men, Swamp Men, Pawn Men, Cajun Pawn Men, Repo Men, Moonshine Men, Redneck Men, Cajun Redneck Men, Voice, Idol, X-Factor, Think You Can Dance-Sing-Tell Jokes-Act, Project Runway, Runway All-Stars, Biggest Loser, Biggest Loser Couples, etc etc etc …………?

    I’m right with you, there is almost NOTHING worth looking at on TV any more. The cheap, junk reality thing has completely taken over television, to the point I rarely ever watch my DirecTV any more. With Food Network not showing cooking shows any more, only competitions, History, Discovery, and TLC only showing stupid people acting stupid, MTV, CMT, VH1, and TVLand all showing reality shows now instead of what their names imply, I’m about ready to do the same thing. Along with millions of other people I’m sure. It’s only going to get worse.

  2. Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Canceling my satellite has been more difficult than I expected. The day that I called and cancelled, they cancelled all my HD channels even though I had two more weeks that were pre-paid. Without HD, there’s no reason for me to have the service. So, I called them back and said, hey, what’s the deal, I’m paid up for HD for two more weeks, and so they turned them back on.

    Then, they billed me for two more weeks, including local channels which I never had, and extended my service through Nov. 8th. Now, they’ve billed me for a complete month through Dec. 8th and they still haven’t sent me a box to return their receiver in. Plus, they’re still billing me for local channels even though I don’t need, want or use them.

    I’m going to call them tonight and record the call, making sure they understand that I’m not to be billed again, and they they’re sending me a box. Somehow, I think they think I called to cancel the cancellation, which isn’t true. I’m really canceling, they just don’t know it yet. Sheesh!

  3. servicetech
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    We cut the cord years ago around here, never looked back. As others have said it’s 90% junk anyways.

    • Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      The only problem is that I still don’t have time to watch all the TV I have access to.

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