Today I joined the Millennials and cut the cord! Well, not really. Cutting the cord implies discontinuing cable service, but I still need cable service for Internet connectivity. Sure, I can use DSL, but I've tried that for years. Maybe it was just my carrier, but DSL had too many outages and poor performance.
With supporting a family of four, something had to give. I was feeling like Steve Martin in Father of the Bride - "I want to buy eight hot dogs and eight hot dog buns to go with them. But no one sells eight hot dog buns. They only sell twelve hot dog buns. So I end up paying for four buns I don't need. So I am removing the superfluous buns." Taking Steve's lead, I am removing the superfluous TV service.
OK, maybe I'm not going that far. It's more like I am replacing my TV service than removing it. I've decided to replace DirecTV at $115/mo with YouTube TV at $35/mo. YouTube TV doesn't offer as many channels as DirectTV, but I think it's enough (see the snapshot of what channels YouTube TV does offer). With YouTube TV in conjunction with Netflix streaming and DVD as well as Amazon Prime, I think our family will have enough TV coverage, and yes, I still use Netflix DVDs to fill the gap for what I can't get with the other services; however, Netflix DVDs might be next on the chopping block...