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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Television is a thing of the past

  • When my parents got rid of their cable programing about two years ago I thought they were crazy. My dad is a huge sports fan and with all of us kids out of the house my mom would need something to keep her occupied. Still, they got rid of the cable and kept their wireless internet.
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  • When my parents got rid of their cable programing about two years ago I thought they were crazy. My dad is a huge sports fan and with all of us kids out of the house my mom would need something to keep her occupied. Still, they got rid of the cable and kept their wireless internet.
    Throughout college I had cable and wireless. I spent about $80 a month on keeping myself distracted while I attempted to study.
    When I graduated and made my way into the ‘real world’ I had a decision to make: to stick with what I know, a cable/internet package, or to get rid of the cable altogether.
    Sure, bundling a package and saving a bunch of money seems great, but look for those hidden fees. Are you renting the adapter? Are you renting the router? These expenses can add up quickly.
    I’m not a person who watches TV that regularly. I like playing video games online, I get my news from print/online sources and any television series that I want to follow I can watch at Hulu online. They provide next day episodes for free, with no download and no sign up necessary.
    You can even get your sports through ESPN360 if you sign up with the right internet provider.
    The internet offers less commercials than TV, it is  free and the only real downside is that shows aren’t available until the day after their premier.
    There is a reason cable providers are offering these bundle packages – because nobody really needs cable or a phone line anymore. In the same way journalism has had to adapt with the emergence of online publications, so too does the television industry.
    What is the change that is necessary to keep television watchers interested in keeping their cable services? I don’t know. As long as I can watch whatever show I want whenever I want for free, I can’t justify buying cable for my TV.
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