Since I moved to Thailand seven years ago, I’ve had cable TV. Paying $65 a month for a cable service that’s not that great, and suffering through repeat program after repeat program, it’s come to the point where I’m not even sure why I’m paying for it. That’s why, at the end of the month, I’m canceling my cable TV subscription. Canceling cable TV is one of those things more and more are people worldwide and doing. Here’s why you should do it too.
Cancel Cable TV – It’s Too Expensive – Even though, when cable started, it was a place where you could watch programming without commercials – thus the higher cost – nowadays, on many cable TV channels, you sit through as many commercials as you do on any network.
At one point, my parents were paying over $100 a month for basic cable and a few movie channels. That’s over $1,200 a year. They recently dumped most of their extra channels and I now pay for Netflix for them. At only $15.99 a month, it’s a heckuva lot cheaper than cable TV and they have access to literally hundreds of thousands more movies and TV shows.
More and more people are now realizing the excessive cost of cable TV is too expensive, when you consider the caliber of programming. Canceling cable TV saves upwards of $50-$100 a month($600 to $1,200 a year), hundreds of dollars you can use for something more important, like clothing, food or health insurance. Or even taking a foreign vacation.
Cancel Cable TV – There Are Too Many Repeats – I’m so tired of turning on National Geographic or Discovery Channel and seeing four hours of evening programming I’ve already seen – many times. For $65 a month, my cable TV company should be providing me with at least 75% new programming every month, instead of the 20% or so I’m normally getting. Canceling my cable TV means I’ll have $65 a month extra to spend on either going out for dinner with friends or buying DVDs which, as I’m in Thailand, are only a couple of dollars a disc (That’s 30 new DVDs a month – one for every day).
Cancel Cable TV – Programming Is Too Censored – Cable TV still shows programs with the ‘mainstream view’. As a liberal, I’m not interested in the Israeli-biased CNN programming, or so-called documentaries that don’t tell the ‘real truth’ about what happened, only the American version of it. For me, I’d rather get my TV news from Aljazeera or the BBC (two news companies much less biased) and a Thai network shows 24-hour BBC news, so I don’t need cable to get it.
Too much cable TV now comes with the mainstream view of things. One I’m not interested in watching. Canceling my cable TV will leave me with more time to watch Aljazeera on the internet, or the BBC on local Thai television – and both for free.
Cancel Cable TV – It’s Too America-Centric – Not that there’s anything wrong with American programming, but when I want a view of the world most of the rest of the world subscribes to, and that’s not the American version of events, the only version I’m guaranteed on cable TV is the American one.
Eighty percent of the programming on my cable TV system is from America – Discovery Channel, National Geographic, CNN, MSNBC, History Channel, HBO, Cinemax and Hallmark. As someone who believes much of what America puts out isn’t the ‘whole truth’, I’d rather not pay $65 a month to have it crammed down my throat.
Cancel Cable TV – It’s Available on the Internet – Now, with so many things available on the internet, there’s little point spending so much money for cable. There are many internet sites showing free movies or TV shows (legal as well as illegal, so you can watch the legal stuff). News programs and news documentaries are available in video from all over the world and download from the net in just a couple of minutes, as is music from just about every country in the world.
A few months ago, I signed up for Aljazeera premium news on the internet. I pay $4.99 a month through a British company and can watch Aljazeera news programs 24 hours a day at the same quality as I could see it on a TV screen. Plugged into my 19″ flatscreen computer screen, it’s gorgeous. Plus, the quality of news programming is far superior to CNN. Since beginning to watch Aljazeera I rarely watch CNN anymore. So why pay $65 a month for the privilege of doing so.
For years I’ve been convinced I needed to have cable TV to be “in touch with the rest of the world”, till recently I figured I don’t. I’m already in touch with the rest of the world. My cable TV just keeps me in touch with America and, right now with all the racism, bigotry and hatred going on, I’m not that interested in listening.
Even if you are in America, love American programming and want to be able to see the American-centric version of things, canceling your cable TV could still be the best thing you’ve ever done as you’ll find things just as great or better on the internet, and most of them are free.
Cancel your cable TV. Do it now. Then you can be like me. Happily looking forward to September 30th when I can switch that noisy box on my dresser off cable and onto network programming. Even with that, I’ll still get the BBC, an Australian channel, seven Thai channels (one in English), two Indian channels and one from the Philippines – and all for free. In fact, now I’m canceling my cable television, I’m beginning to wonder why I ever signed up for it in the first place.