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Posted at 3:17 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Rob hasn't paid for TV since 2009. How about you?

By Sarah Halzack

In his most recent column, Rob outlines a major change to his TV-watching routine.

He writes:

At the time, this exercise in what TV-industry types call "cord cutting" was just an experiment: Could my wife and I get by with only over-the-air broadcasts and Web video? Sixteen months later, the experiment has become a habit for us. And for many other home viewers: Cable and satellite services lost almost 250,000 viewers over two quarters of last year.

By Sarah Halzack  | February 4, 2011; 3:17 PM ET
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I'm a slave to my dual-tuner DVR but even if I wasn't I'm not sure I could manage on OTA. The signal is spotty even in Alexandria.

Posted by: slar | February 4, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

The article s right, you can get a lot of these TV shows online for free, but you NEED internet access and preferably. A good source is They're my "go to" when I want to find a show. Netflix is my choice for movies. Between these 2 services, I don't miss cable TV (or the bill).

Posted by: monicapellar | February 5, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Live sports, only thing keeping me from cutting the cord

Posted by: toymechanic | February 6, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I've never had cable or satellite TV; always watched broadcast for free. I don't use the Internet too much for TV, either. I record to a VCR/DVD recorder with a built-in digital tuner. I do give up a lot of sports programming, however. But I don't plan to ever go to the "dark side".

Posted by: LMF1 | February 6, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I tried to switch my Comcast account to digital a few years back and they just couldn't get it right (or even close). Been happy ever since with my cheap Radio Shack antenna. Recently got a Sony Blu-Ray player that lets me connect to the internet, and that's proving to be a good deal thanks to Netflix.
Mostly, though, I read for entertainment and I'm very happy with that.

Posted by: JakesFriend | February 7, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I did this several months ago and will never go back. My monthly expense dropped from paying Time Warner $125.00 a month, which was spending over 1k a year of after tax income, to $8.95 with Netflix and with a $39.00 Radio Shack antenna I get over 90 uncompressed channels that are higher quality than cable. As it turned out all I ever wanted to watch was PBS (I get 5 different stations) anyway, since most of the cable choices were not in English, were things I had no interest in, or the same movies over and over again.
Here's the story with details:

Posted by: jerrywww | February 7, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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