Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is a frequent contributor to Houston Sports and Stuff.
By LAMONT MANN
Not really! But I am making changes. Over the last few years, my cable bill has escalated out of control. I have suppressed my costs for a long time by threatening to go to my provider’s competition. Usually, I negotiate my bill down, but this time I actually looked at how much I was spending annually for cable. It makes no sense.
My bill was right at $320 a month, that’s nearly $4,000 annually. That’s a lot of money for something I receive minimal utility from.
I had over 400 hundred channels, and I only watched:
- NFL Network
- Fox News
- History Channel
- Root Sports Network
- Occasionally ESPN
- Occasionally Local News
I rarely watch premium channels (HBO, Showtime, Encore, Cinemax, etc.) because I have Netflix and Amazon Prime and a ton of movies/TV series in my personal catalog.
Netflix and other online streaming services have changed my viewing habits. I think we have gotten to a point of saturation with cable; there are entirely too many channels to enjoy. I much rather view programming ad hoc.
After announcing I was no longer into BIG CABLE, some of my friends asked, “what about Game of Thrones and Power?” two shows I currently adore. I plan on subscribing to various streaming services for the duration of a series I am currently watching or get them by “other” means. It makes absolutely no economic sense to give someone $4,000 a year for something I rarely use.
I got rid of all of my premium channels and extras. I’m strictly basic cable and internet now. Personally speaking, cable is an elastic product for me.
I avoided naming my service but just know, I will never switch to their other provider!