I Cancelled My Satellite TV Subscription. I’ve been threatening to do this for years, and I finally did it. I cut the cord!
I admit that I was addicted to television. I’ve subscribed to both Dish Network and DirecTv as well as the local cable company over the years, trading back and forth for the best deal. Sometimes I switched because one service dropped the channel my favorite show(s) were on. Many of times I have threatened to disconnect my satellite TV subscription.
What makes it worse, is I also subscribe to Amazon where I can watch lots of free movies, have a smart TV to use other apps for television programs, and a fast wifi for all the youtube and such I can watch on my laptop.
I really should be working on my blog, not watching TV. Everyone has something that pushes them over the edge to make a change. For me, paying that bill every month should have been enough.
But that’s not what happened.
While reviewing my statement before paying the bill, I really looked at the amount I was paying. What’s worse was how much time I was wasting watching ridiculous TV shows.
Why should I watch someone else splash at the beach or eat out at romantic restaurants? All the money and time I was spending should be spent with me enjoying those things first hand.
For me, television had become a huge time waster and what’s worse is I was paying top dollar to waste my time.
Now, I’m not crazy. I still like to watch some TV but I refuse to let it run my life.
So I did it! I actually called my satellite provider and told them to CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION!
GASP!!!!! What had I done? Oh, I just saved myself over $100 per month and regained about 30 hours a week of my time.
The Two-Pronged Trigger
For me, I find that most of the time television just annoys me. I would mostly use it just to have noise in the house. However, more and more, I found the TV on but on mute! Yes, really it was on but on MUTE! How ridiculous was that!
So why am I paying for all of this satellite television just to have it on mute. And it wasn’t a much better reason for my other half to continue to subscribe.
Watching a sports event that happens every week this time of year is a ritual. I’m sure you have them too. Maybe you love baseball or hockey. In our house, its football (well, okay one specific football team) and motorcycle racing.
Since football doesn’t start until September, my other half is addicted to motocross, supercross and other forms of motorcycle racing. This time of year, it’s halfway through the motorcycle outdoor racing season.
Of course, the race is supposed to be recording on our usual channel. We’d been doing our typical Saturday outdoor chores and finished early. After coming inside, something told him to turn the race on early and not wait for the recording. OH NO!
The race had been superceded by a different sporting event. You would have thought the world was going to end. Drama, yelling, tantrums and all ensued. And yes, this is all from a grown man.
What made it worse is the announcers for this new event came on and said “If you’re looking for the race, you’re going to have to try and catch it on a different channel.”
Wait…WHAT? We specifically subscribe to this satellite provider and this channel just for these races. Now, we can’t watch it because you decided your event was more popular? More Popular? MORE POPULAR?
After he calmed down, we talked about how we were both addicted to this ridiculous time waster. Yes, he liked watching the races on TV but often found himself also watching different races and videos on the tablet the same time the other races were on. I mean, really, we need to get a grip here.
The Separation Process
To keep peace in the household, I agree to calling the provider and complaining about what happened, knowing full well he was looking for an excuse to cancel our subscription.
Their explanation was simple. “Well, its not really in our control. Apparently the network wanted to air an event they think is more popular.” WRONG.
The tirade started about that’s not what we signed up for or agreed to pay for. Yes, I understand they have the right to change things, but the directory specifically states its the program I’m expecting. On and on the argument went, back and forth, with only one obvious solution being inevitable.
But wait, there’s more….
While we’re arguing with the customer service rep like a tantrum throwing child, 5 minutes into the conversation and suddenly the with zero explanation, the expected program reappears. That’s the race! It’s back on! WHAT?!?!?!?!
“So if your company doesn’t have control over the programming,” we say to the customer service rep, “why is the race suddenly back on?” The silence quickly became deafening.
Did the channel or satellite provider have a choice? Did the other program suddenly get less popular?
With the customer service rep now apologizing, at a loss for words, chuckling going on in the background at the satellite provider’s offices, the only answer they gave was to offer a credit. OK, we agreed to take the credit.
Then I have a moment of clarity. This is our chance, the perfect excuse we’ve been looking for. You just know when you look at each other and then at the phone, you just have to do it!
“Thank you for the credit. Oh, and cancel our subscription. Yes, that’s right, cancel it!”
WOW! It hurt for a second, but just like ripping off a bandaid, after the initial shock and pain, relief.
What Do We Do Now?
We breathed a sigh of relief and switched to using our Amazon Prime account. Yes, we can watch most everything we want through our subscription to Amazon Prime.
We pay for an Amazon prime subscription anyway for the other perks that come with it anyway. And if we want, we can subscribe to HBO or any of the other major movie channels through Amazon. Still much cheaper than paying that huge amount to the satellite company for tons of infomercials and channels we don’t watch.
So that’s where we are now. Its been very liberating because I don’t seem to miss the flashing of the TV just to mute it. And we’re spending more time doing the things we want to outside rather than being glued to the TV watching everyone else live their lives.
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