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An anonymous reader writes: I am not an expert. But I am well over Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule explained in the book Outliers. I am just an accountant who refuses to pay for cable and would like to offer a cost saving alternative.

I probably watch more television than the average person. I like to watch things that I have never heard of, and have re-watched movies and television shows "just because."

Think about this

        If you have cable, you are probably paying upwards of $75.

        On top of over paying, you probably say at least once a week “There is nothing on TV.”

        Do you rush home to watch Dancing with the Stars or do you record it so you can fast forward through the commercials and watch at YOUR convenience?

Those are Strikes ONE, TWO, and THREE. Cable you’re out of here!

Cut the Cord already

Image from the Wall Street Journal

Cutting the cord on cable is a growing trend across the nation. When I moved into my condo about five years ago, I didn’t buy a television or sign up for an unnecessary bill. I used my laptop for almost four years and simply streamed directly to my laptop.

Upon getting married and my wife moving in, a television was purchased and subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu Plus were purchased for the awesomely low price of $15.98.

Netflix and I

With Netflix, I have been able to connect with classic and current television shows as well as movies all for the low price of $7.99. For the low price of $7.99, I have been able to stream the following to my Vizio HDTV, laptop, and IPod touch: The Lincoln Lawyer — Shade — Necessary Roughness — Six Degrees of Separation — TED Talks Icons: Richard Branson — Breaking Bad Season 1-3 — Mad Men Season 1-4 — MacGyver.

Just to name a FEW

HuluPlus and me!

With HuluPlus, I stay connected to the more current shows for the low price of $7.99 as well: Parenthood — Modern Family – Community -The Office — Parks and Recreation — Law and Order SVU — Grey’s Anatomy – House — Up All Night — New Girl — Shark Tank — Endgame.

And for those of you who need Real Housewives of Everywhere, Bravo is a content partner.

So I am paying a total of $15.98 for viewing what I want, when I want, where I want!

You or someone you know is paying at least five times that for similar programming. If you like to throw money away, please write a check to Simeon A. Shigg. I thank you in advance.

Technology is AMAZING. I remember when I was in junior high school and my Dad carried a Beeper/Pager. I graduated high school when Motorola Two-Ways and Three-ways were on the market. And now I video chat via SKYPE from my iPod Touch to my 6-year-old nephew’s laptop. Times have changed drastically, even our ability to watch and pay for television.

For more information on Cord Cutting and more viewing solutions, please check out:

PBS – Your Guide to Cutting the Cord to Cable TV or The Wall Street Journal — Cutting the Cord on Cable

Simeon Shigg is Consensus Inc.’s resident Senior Accountant. What you don’t know about him: he thinks the world would be a better place if it was made of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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