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Paid to Watch TV?

I tried to turn off the cable for the summer, I really did. I've taken cable vacations before, and usually find them fairly relaxing, with time to read, spazz out on the Internet, write, putter in the garden. It's amazing how many hours there are in the day when none of them are spent on TV. Plus, I figured I'd probably get some package deal in the fall when I signed up again.

So I called and tried to do the same thing I'd done before. I asked the cable company to dump my TV cable and keep the cable broadband account. It didn't work; my cable company is now subsiding my TV subscription. Apparently, they are desperate to keep the eyeballs on their screens.

Here's how it works out. Broadband alone costs $57 per month. Broadband costs just $45 if you are also a cable TV subscriber. The lowest, lamest, most limited cable package available is $10 a month. Ergo, it is $2/month cheaper for me to have broadband plus TV than it is for me to just have broadband. Very weird, but there it is; it's a better deal for me NOT to cut the cable.


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Jun. 4th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Since I was moving I thought I'd try a cable vacation for the summer, I was thinking I'd get all my unpacking done, plus read, write and watch some dvds. They have the same deal here in IL, broadband is $45 without cable and $10 cheaper only with digital cable which ups the total to at least $100 a month... So far ss good, though I am missing Food Network.
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Same deal here. It actualy might be just a tad cheaper without due to taxes that are there with the Cable, but really it's not worth it.

I agree that they must be paid some ammount to carry some of the channes so it is in thier interest for you to keep them.

For me that means I have pretty much one channel.. Discovery. not a bad channel all things considered. There are others but its rare for me to watch them.
Jun. 4th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the channel I find myself watching as well, plus National Geographic channel for a while.

The rest of TVland can go hang.
Jun. 5th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
TV and the internet eat up time; i lived with no TV for a good chunk of 2 years and it was the most productive and fun two years.
Jun. 5th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I go through periods where I just don't turn on the TV.

I can't imagine doing the same with the internet. It's where I *live* these days.
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