I'm going to make this short and sweet.
I don't have cable TV.
I've never had cable TV.
I don't want cable TV.
I've seen several families on Facebook recently ruminate over whether or not to cancel their cable to save money. CANCEL it. You will survive. When I have been in hotel rooms that have cable, it does nothing (for me) except confirm that I don't need it.
OK, I will admit that I do have an extensive DVD library, but mostly because my favorite shows are off the air (M*A*S*H, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friends, Wings, to name a few...) And I like British movies and old classics. But I also have this:
Ah... my wonderful ROKU player.
$100 bought through Netflix. My Netflix plan is $8.99/month. That's right....$8.99. That is the one-at-a-time unlimited plan which allows for unlimited Instant Viewing.
The Roku player sits on my TV, is connected only wirelessly to my router, and streams the Instant Viewing movies and TV shows straight to my TV, so I don't have to watch them on the computer monitor. I LOVE IT.
Yesterday I was browsing the Instant Viewing movies and TV shows on Netflix and saw that Season 5 of Grey's Anatomy was going to be released today. And--YAY! It is available for Instant Viewing. So I can have a Grey's marathon instantly on my bedroom TV. Love it!! (I missed most of last season...)
Yes, a lot of the movies and TV shows available for Instant Viewing are older and perhaps more obscure with a few exceptions (think the $1 theater in Provo, BYU people...) But I have discovered some fantastic documentaries this way, including Stolen and the one about Dominick Dunne that I recently blogged (and raved) about.
My point? Cable is not the end-all-be-all. There are alternatives. I really like this one!