My wife and I pay $40 a month for our cable service and close to $80 for our internet.
TV isn’t the problem anymore when it comes to our cable bill bloat.
Let’s say I decided to cut the cord (but keep the internet service of course), there is no way I’d be able to come close to the value I get out of my cable service at $40 per month with a mishmash of cord cutting services.
If we cut the cord today, these are the four services we’d need to watch all of the shows we currently enjoy watching:
- Netflix (House of Cards and Orange is the New Black) – $8.99
- HBO Now (Game of Thrones) – $14.99
- SlingTV (The Walking Dead and ESPN) – $20
- Hulu Plus (The Real Housewives … Amy, not me. I swear!) – $7.99
The grand total of those four services? $51.97 per month. Almost $12 more than what we’re currently forking out for probably 200 more channels (granted they’re channels we never watch) and Xfinity On-demand.
As you’ll read in the first link in this week’s CurEight, HBO’s deal with Apple to bring streaming HBO to those without a cable plan only shows what a bargain the current cable bundle really is.
- Apple’s deal for HBO Now reminds us why cord cutting remains a misguided fantasy (Venturebeat) – “Still, rather than being a victory for cable cutters, the HBO Now deal with Apple demonstrates just what a bargain the current cable bundle really is.” Spot on.
- Ulysses for iPad (iPad App) – This is the writing app for the iPad I have been waiting for. It has received rave reviews from around the internet since its release last week. I know. $20 is a steep price to pay for an app, but this is well worth it if you’re serious about your writing.
- Why I Stopped Using “Actually” and “But” In My Customer Service Emails (Buffer) – This post made me realize I use the words “actually” and “but” far too often in my own emails. I was amazed at the difference in tone between a sentence that uses the word “actually” and one that doesn’t. These things we call words are pretty darn powerful, huh?
- The new MacBook may be the future, not the present (The Verge) – Apple made a ruckus this week when they unveiled their new MacBook (that’s right – just MacBook) with only one port: a USB Type-C connector. I really don’t know who I’d recommend this computer to at this point. At first I thought this might be a great replacement laptop for Amy (she’s currently on a 2011 MacBook Air), but I think she’d up getting frustrated with its lack of USB ports.
- The Futility of Always Pushing Myself to Be More (ZenHabits) – Gosh. This post is beautifully written and exactly how I feel about my drive to improve myself. I haven’t figured out how to be happy with where I’m at and what I’ve achieved; my mindset has always drifted towards doing more and being more.
- AnkerCam Wi-Fi Camera – I got a new toy this week! I’m excited to put this to use in our new house (which is almost finished by the way!) as a security camera and, more importantly, a baby monitor.
- Grid-It by Cocoon – This is the best $10 – $15 I’ve ever spent. Everywhere I go people first make fun of me for being OCD and then they ask where to get one.
- Alto’s Adventure (iPhone / iPad Game) – I picked this one up on the way out to Vail, Colorado so that I could be entertained during the three hour plane ride. Entertain me it did. There’s something strangely addictive about it. I’ve played a million snowboarder going down a mountain type games, but I can’t put this one down.
Time for me to get back to vacation.
Have a great week!
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