Today, Netflix announces a streaming only plan for $7.99 per month. Consequentially, the cost other plans appear to be increasing by a dollar or so, depending on your plan. The plan announcement arrives on the heels of the recently announced Hulu Plus, which came out of the preview period earlier this week, also $7.99. Looks like a little healthy competition here, giving consumers more choice beyond cable and satellite. Score!
Cable and I always had a rocky relationship. We would fight over bills and Cable was always late to dates. It just wasn’t working. Why I ever settled down and got married to her I’ll never know. When the final realization happened that we were no longer working as a couple, I knew I had to cut the cord and do it quickly. It was a weird day for us both. It was a long phone call with a lot of pleading on her end asking me to stay. Telling me all the things that I’ll miss, trying to make deals with me about how it will be different, and while I was tempted, I held firm and hung up the phone. My living room had gone dark.
At first it was weird, I felt alone and kind of empty. I’d sit on the couch wondering what to do, thinking about all of my options. Cable used to make it so easy for me. We could just sit together all day not really doing anything but watching time pass. There were a few times I thought I may have chosen wrong, maybe Cable was right, maybe I did need her in my life. I mean Cable made me laugh, made me think about things a little more closely, she even taught me how to cook. What was I doing without her? Over time though I stopped comparing every experience I had to how it was different from Cable and started just doing what I wanted to do. For once I was watching the TV I wanted to watch, not just what cable found. I was watching movies I had meant to watch all along. Cable used to tell me that I’d miss out on all of my favorite things without her, but it didn’t happen. I just had to look in different places. Ultimately, it was a lot cleaner without Cable. I just went to the place with the program I wanted to watch and watched whatever episode I wanted to see. With Cable, I always had to wait for her to be ready to watch what I wanted to see. Sometimes, if I forgot to tell Cable about something I’d just miss it entirely.
There have been others though, Roku, Xbox, Hulu. The funny thing is, they all know about each other and they are OK with it. Hulu doesn’t care that I call Netflix up when I want to watch a movie. Netflix doesn’t get mad that I sometimes ask Amazon about watching new movies and TV. Hulu is perfectly fine catching up on my favorite shows a day or two later, she doesn’t bitch about how I always ask her to hold to much, like my DVR used to. And the savings! These dates are all so cheap. I mean Amazon doesn’t even care if I watch anything with her for months at a time. She doesn’t make me pay for things I don’t care about. It’s great! Netflix and Hulu are my constants. I may take them out every month, but its a drop in the bucket compared to what I used to spend on cable.
Did I mention that now I actually enjoy watching TV again? It’s not this brutally one sided relationship anymore, where cable just tries to sell me combo deals and over priced channel packages that I don’t want to watch in the first place. Plus, if I have a long break at work, sometimes Hulu or Netflix will come to my work and hang out with me. Cable never did anything like that.
Yeah, life has been OK since I finally broke it off with Cable.