Sam Doran

My little corner of the Internet

Cut the Cord Calculator →

I have never in my adult life (meaning paying my own bills) had a cable subscription longer than three months1. There have only been a handful of times in the past nine years that I actually missed having a cable subscription—events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the ball dropping in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. That’s it2.

My TV watching habits consist of a curated list of shows and movies—I don’t ever watch “what’s on”. I have no taste for the talking heads on most news networks and I don’t watch sports. I have been a Netflix subscriber since before they offered streaming and signed up for Hulu while I was still in college. Between those two services, I have been mostly satisfied over the years. But I always felt like a second class citizen compared to those paying an average of $130 per month for cable. This year, things have taken a drastic turn for the better. HBO Now is what I’ve been dreaming of for years.

The Verge has put together a fantastic calculator that brings together all the avaible streaming services and their monthly costs. I’ve been doing this math in a Soulver sheet over the years, but it’s nice to see all the options, many of which I didn’t know about, layed out in one place with an easy way to add up to the total cost. Even if you you load up on services, it’s pretty hard to hit $130 a month. 2015 is the beginnig of the end for the monthly cable subscription as we know it. Good riddance.

  1. The introductory rate was reasonable for the first three months. Once it went to full price, it was outragous and I immediately cancelled. That was in 2006.

  2. No, I don’t watch the Superbowl.