At our old house, it was only $4/month to add basic cable TV to our internet service. So we did. We had a handful of channels – I have no idea how many, because the only thing I ever watched was “Ice Road Truckers” (my husband picked that one…) and “The Office” (that was my choice, and I consider it an essential part of my life). My husband liked to watch “The Daily Show” in the mornings while he drank his coffee, and there were a few other times when we would flip on the TV and watch random stuff here and there. Overall, it was worth $4/month.
At our new house, it’s $30/month to add TV to our internet service. We both agreed that TV wasn’t worth anywhere near that amount to us. So we are TV-free. We actually packed our 400 pound, 1995 era TV into storage back in April and stashed it in an empty house that my parents own. It’s still sitting there, along with a few other things that we need to go pick up. So I guess we’ve actually been TV-free since April, but we still got TV programming (and could record it using Windows Media Center on our computers) until we moved.
Now, all we have is internet. But that means we have Hulu, and we can still watch DVDs on our laptops. So far, we’ve been so busy since we moved that we haven’t been to Hulu at all, or rented/borrowed a single movie. I’m thinking that once winter comes, we might have a little more couch time, but I think we’ll be just fine without TV. We didn’t want our son to be exposed to TV during his first few years, and now it’s easy to make sure that is the case. In our living room we have a couple of big floor pillows and lots of toddler toys in the spot where one might expect to find a TV. We’re both very happy with this arrangement, and the $30 a month that we’re saving is a nice bonus.
How expensive would TV have to be for you to decide that it’s not worth it?