Can I Give Up TV?

I’ve been thinking more and more about ending my monthly Direct TV subscription. These days I find myself watching less and less TV. On most days I only watch twice a day. After work I like to decompress with an old episode of Seinfeld and before I head to bed I usually watch Family Guy or American Dad. I also watch Lost once a week and the Hills, (yes I know I’m not 16), every so often.

The only exception to this rule occurs from November to March when I watch Maryland’s away games on TV. (Go Terps!) Oh yeah, and I always try to watch most of the ACC and NCAA tournaments, but almost all of these programs are on local channels. Besides the occasional need for ESPN or the Discovery Channel I really have no need for satellite or cable.

Right now my Direct TV bill is just over $80. $80 isn’t a ton of money, but it seems like an awful lot when you consider that I’m only watching two new episodes each week. I figured I could probably purchase the old episodes of Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, etc. on DVD at relatively cheap prices from eBay. It also looks like I can watch my occasional episode of the Hills right from

So do I really need to keep Direct TV? If you’ve given up TV or thought about giving up TV but decided you can’t live without it, please leave me a comment.

13 thoughts on “Can I Give Up TV?”

  1. I tried to give up TV because I never watch it, but apparently my cable bill is $10 less because it’s bundled. Meaning that if I cancel TV (I just have basic cable anyway and it’s 8.60 or so), my internet goes up by $10. Sheesh .. therefore the TV sits unused, and has for months.

  2. I gave up cable TV about 6 months ago. It went pretty well until just recently. I am really missing my Discovery, History, Travel Channel….I used to nap to National Geographic channel programs, and I had DVR’d all my favorite programs on Comedy Network. I’m REALLY starting to miss it something terrible, so I’m going to try to fit Digital Expanded Cable in my budget again. I also really miss my digital music (no commercials). I feel good about giving it up but now that I’ve watched my entire DVD collection about 20 times I’m ready to get cable again. I guess “try it” and if, after 6 months you really really miss it, you can always go back!


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