Why I am not cutting the cord, yet
This article was supposed to be about how I had cut the cord. More and more Americans are giving up cable/satellite television to get thier television for free from over the air broadcasts, and I was supposed to join them yesterday. I had purchased the antennae, I had the topology of cords and equipment all planned out, I had watched youtube videos on how to put it all together, everything was ready to go. But I was thrown a curveball at the last minute, so I won’t be cutting the cord just yet.
I love free stuff
The problem is that when I called to cancel Dish Network, they offered me 3 months of free television. This caught me off guard, and I can’t say no to the word free, so I said yes.
As I wrote about in my article about reducing your internet costs, I knew that you could often get a better deal by telling your service provider you were going to cancel your service, so I called Dish Network a week ago. I told them I was thinking about canceling my service unless they gave me a better deal. I told them I was thinking about going to broadcast television unless they gave me a big discount, so they offered me $5 off per month for 3 months. That wasn’t a big enough discount, so I told them I would be calling back soon to cancel.
Dish Network is willing to call your bluff
After Dish Network didn’t offer me a big enough discount I went about the business of planning how to install the antennae. I bought the equpment, tested it out, and was already to go.
So this morning I called Dish Network back. This time instead of telling them I was thinking about canceling, I told them I was canceling my service right now. Apparently they thought I wasn’t serious when I called them last week to tell them I was thinking about cancelling, because this time the conversation went competly differently.
I told them I wanted to cancel, and they started asking me a bunch of questions. I told them I wasn’t interested in their questions because I was going to get TV for free from an antennae and I knew they couldn’t match the price of free. To my surprise, they told me they could match the price of free. They offered me 3 months of free television with no contract or any other sort of obligation.
So I’m not cutting the cord just yet
So it is great that I am getting free television for a while, but this really put a kink into my plans for future articles. I was going to write an article about installing the satellite and running the coaxial cable all over my house. Then I was going to write another article about how the different streaming television services and another article about all the different kinds of hardware you can use to watch that streaming television. Finally, I was going to write one of those java calculators that would help you calculate how much you could save by cutting the cord for yourself.
I will write all those articles in the future, but I like to actually try something out before I write about it, so we are stuck with this articles, which is pretty much the same as the article about saving on internet service. That’s not so bad I guess, because the idea that you can get cheaper service just by asking for it is a pretty cool idea. Maybe it needs to be pointed out twice.