We Haven't Had Cable Since 2006
And we don't miss it.
In 2006 after my parent's business didn't work out they had to cut costs and cancelled our cable. At first I was kind of sad. There goes nights of mindlessly channel surfing when there's nothing to do. But I quickly got used to it and started borrowing DVDs from friends and the library.
Now we can watch our favourite television shows online, and movies too. There is no need for cable. We don't sit in front of the television like zombies any more. No more mindless channel surfing. We have our favourite shows, we hear of a good sounding movie and we watch it. Not having cable eliminates so much wasted time.
Sidney Has Never Had Cable
My daughter has never known cable. We only had cable for about 2 months when we first moved into our apartment because of the previous tenants cable hadn't run out yet. She was only one year old at the time and doesn't remember.
Last week Nick, Sidney and I stayed at my older sister's place to watch my niece while she was in the hospital having her baby, a beautiful little girl! My sister and her boyfriend love cable. So we got to live like "normal" people for a couple of days and watched nonstop television shows. It was a fun vacation, but in the end I don't miss it (very often).
What's a Commercial?
The funniest thing happened while staying at my sister's house. We had put some kid channel on the television for the girl's to watch. I don't even know what channel it was, or what show it was; some cartoon or other. A few minutes into the show Sidney runs up to me and says, "Mommy! The channel changed and I didn't even touch the remote. Help me get my show back on." And when I went over to see what she was talking about I realized it was just a commercial. Sidney had never seen a commercial before that day and had no idea what it was!
She got used to them quick enough though as they advertised McDonalds, Fruit Roll Ups and toy after toy. And every commercial I had to listen to, "Mommy I want that! Can I get that? Mommy look! I want it!"
Let's just say I'm glad to not have cable.
And another good thing about having no cable, my daughter doesn't have a clue who Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez or One Direction is.
Do you have cable? Pros and cons of having cable?