TV & Showbiz

Yes, I Finally Cut the Cable TV Cord!


I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to drop Cable TV. But last week, I officially cut the cord. And so far, I haven’t regretted it for a second.

People drop cable TV every day. I never thought I’d be one of those folks.

Cable television and I go back a long, long way. In fact, my parents got cable television in our home nearly 40 years ago.

When we first got cable, people knew HBO as Home Box Office. What’s more, HBO did not broadcast 24 hours a day. I distinctly remember a time when HBO would sign on at about 5:30 p.m. It would play movies until 11:30 p.m. or so (and maybe later than that).

I remember watching WTCG in Atlanta. It would later become WTBS and then Superstation TBS.

So yeah, cable TV and I go way back.

But over the years, I wound up with more and more channels and a higher and higher bill. Like most people, I found myself with more channels than I could ever watch. I also found myself with more channels than I’d ever want to watch.

I thought about killing cable for years. But I could never work up the nerve.

When I moved into my new place last week, cable didn’t follow me.

I kept high-speed internet. That’s my real job, after all, so I can’t work without being online.

And that’s where the cable TV alternative I found comes in. I’m trying out a service called Philo. I can only assume it was named after Philo Farnsworth, an inventor and TV pioneer.

You subscribe to Philo and then access it through a Roku or similar OTT (over the top) box.

I chose Philo for two reasons. First, it costs just $20 per month. If I had kept cable, it would have been closer to $75. Second, it offers the three cable networks I watch more often than any others:

  • TV Land
  • Game Show Network
  • Investigation Discovery (ID)

The price was definitely right. I’m happy with the new alternative and I’m even happier with the price.

Goodbye, Cable TV. It was a nice run, but it was past time to cut that cord!

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.