No More Cable

Last week I posted a question on Twitter & Facebook asking if anyone had bought a Roku or Apple TV player. I got all sorts of feedback, and it didn’t take long before I was at Fry’s Electronics buying a Roku. They were the only location in town that carried their XD|S version.

I called my cable company and told them I wanted an Internet-only option. They tried to offer me all sorts of discount to keep my cable and phone, but I was persistent and talked them down to $55 a month for high-speed Internet. That’s $116 less per month than I was paying!

The Roku has channels that provide us with plenty to watch. We have a Netflix account and a Hulu Plus account, so we’re able to see all of the shows that we watched (just a day later when they’re online).

I’ll miss live sports, but I’ll use for some of that. I’ll probably buy the NBA Game Time feature and get 40+ live games a week.

I’ll miss CNN, but I can always use their website too.

I’ve got Pandora playing right now, which is a nice break from the TV.

My router died today, after about 8 years of use, so I went and bought a new Netgear router that’s even faster than my last one.

So I’m done with cable, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I can think of 500 better things to do with $116 every month, and I don’t feel like I’m missing much.

You can find some more great info about making the switch away from cable HERE and HERE.

“Lost” smells a lot like “Frequency”

Here are some huge similarities between the movie “Frequency” (which I am watching as I type this) and the television show “Lost“.

The TV show “Lost” is all about time travel.

The movie “Frequency” is all about time travel.

Both are about going back and forth in time to save lives, save the day, etc…

Both talk a lot about the changes that will take place if anything in the past is altered from its original setting.

Both include Elizabeth Mitchell in a main role. In “Frequency” her name is Julia. On “Lost” her name is Juliet.

The bad cop in “Frequency” is named Jack Shepard.

The good doctor in “Lost” is named… Jack Shephard.

The hero in “Frequency” is a guy named John and he is nicknamed Chief. John Locke on “Lost” is the new chief of “The Others” (Chief was the nickname the show’s writers used in an interview to describe John Locke’s new role).

The character Jack in “Frequency” is the commander of the Fire Department. The character Jack from “Lost” is the commander of the plane crash survivors.

How about that?