Techno-Logic: Netflix eliminates my need for cable

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Techno-LogicMoving is not fun. Seriously. Sure, it can be exciting, but packing tons of boxes and a bunch of other stuff that you’ve accumulated over the years is not fun. That’s my current situation.

During that move, I find myself having to transfer services such as my cable provider, which handles my internet and cable. Pricing is pretty brutal if you are in the middle of a move. It’s not unusual for me to pay $130 a month, and I am by no means rich, so it can definitely hurt the pocketbook.

That’s when I got to thinking: Do I really need cable? Sure, my job requires internet. I have to be connected every day. However, my new living situation will put me in an apartment full of people who don’t even watch TV. The only reason I subscribed to cable services before was so that my girlfriend at the time could watch television. So I figured it’s time to cut the cable. That will save me a good $30 a month. That’s grocery money, man! You know how much Top Ramen and Pepsi 30 bucks will buy?

It doesn’t matter much anyway. I have Netflix and my computer. Our Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, iPad and iPhones all work with Netflix. We can watch movies to our hearts’ content. It’s less than $10 bucks a month, and there is plenty to choose from.

Sure, it may not be a complete replacement for watching TV, but it’s commercial-free and has most of the movies I ask for. When it doesn’t, I can always power up my computer and find it on iTunes. Then it’s just a quick rental and download. Of course, that’s only when I feel like splurging (you know, cause $3 or $4 is totally splurging.)

Still, Netflix has been a wonderful service, and I use it much, much more than I do any sort of traditional cable broadcasting. I like watching what I want to watch when I want to watch it.

Farewell, cable. I’m choosing Netflix.

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