As part of moving cross-country, we decided to cut the cord. This meant that we would no longer be able to DVR our favorite fall television shows. Hell who has time to watch them with a 7 month old anyway? I’m sure there is someone out there who is stronger than I and thus able to stay up late after waking at 6am, but I’ll pretend they don’t exist. I’m kidding. I would be in awe of them. I just don’t have it in me.
Honestly though, we thought long and hard about what to do when it came time to cut the cord. We didn’t want to end up missing out on television shows that were important to us, but we quite frankly didn’t want to spend the money on them either. We knew there were options. I’d been watching a lot of Netflix while pregnant or when the baby was breastfeeding early on. It was easy to watch a quick episode and pause something on there. It was easy to get involved in some show I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise. We won’t talk about how I’m still mad about Rosemary & Thyme though. Seriously I can’t believe it. I was so invested. Since the move we’ve got into a lot more television on Netflix. Let me tell you about it.
As you can tell, we’ve only been indulging in Netflix original programming so far. It isn’t that we don’t want to watch other things, but we only get to watch about 1 episode per evening. This has led us to watch things that are on the top of our list first. We don’t want to miss any of the other content though so it’s pertinent to keep up with what’s on Netflix or leaving Netflix soon. The original content isn’t going anywhere after all.
Netflix didn’t solve our entire problem. We didn’t want to miss out on pop culture. We didn’t want to miss out on shows we had seen last season. We didn’t want to miss EVERYTHING. We merely wanted to not pay major cable companies for the content even if it was on local television. We opted to hook up an antenna to our Xbone for the over the air channels and supplement with Hulu Plus. Now some of the content we watch on Hulu Plus could be obtained over the air, but we don’t always get to watch things when they air.
These were definitely can’t miss for us. There are others that will come up in the next few months as well. It’s an exciting time in our house when a new show we love comes available to us, but it’s also not something we wanted to have to set a reminder to be around to enjoy. We also don’t allow Sweet Baby J to watch television so we have to make everything work into our schedule not vis versa.
What fall television shows can’t you miss? Have you cut the cord? Do you think about what it might be like to cut the cord? What shows would you not want to miss if you did?