Thursday, December 12, 2013
Among all the things I've screwed up over the past week, I think I did do one thing right. Or as right as I know how, anyway.
I am paying $168 a month for TV cable, internet, and a stupid house phone I didn't want and don't use.
I watch maybe 5 to 7 hours of TV a week, max. And I almost never watch any of the 400 or more channels other than some basic broadcast networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS). In fact, it's almost exclusively CBS and a little PBS. I don't watch sports, the comedy package, the movie package, any of that other stuff.
Why am I paying for stuff I don't use?
So I called. The first rep could cut it down to $158 per month for basic cable. $10? Big whoop. I made disappointed shop-around noises, so she passed me to another rep who "might know of some discounts".
It's now basic local cable and the internet will be twice as fast without all those channels, and I'm down to less than $90 a month. Because it's just local broadcast channels, I don't need the four set-top (stupid design - how many sets have room for anything on the top these days?) boxes, either. I gotta keep the stupid useless phone because it's part of "the package".
You know what's really disgusting? That's still ridiculously high. When I first signed up for this entire package, it was $99 for the whole shebang, including four DVD(Tivo?) boxes. In three years it has gone up 68%.