What we watch

As the first step of what we should do, I started building a list of what programs on TV we watch.  That was a little disturbing in places, because apparently we’re “those people” that keep all the CBS shows on the air.  It actually worked out that a very large chunk of what we watch is on CBS.  Then we have a few programs on NBC, one program on ABC (that I’d actually picked up a season pass on Amazon for when they “mistakenly” listed the price before the season started), a couple on FOX, and a number of programs on some of the various cable channels out there.  And then there’s the ugly duckling in the room:  sports.  As far as I can tell, sports is the bane of the cord cutters ambitions to save money.  I figure that from things I watch, I pretty much need access to ESPN, Fox Sports, the Fox Sports local, Big 10 network, and NBC Sports.  Maybe sometimes CBS sports, but not anywhere near as common.  And as far as I can tell, you can’t get them without subscribing to one of the various live tv streaming services out there.  Which means that instead of being able to get something like the Hulu plan that just includes on-demand content, now I’m looking at having to get their full hulu tv service.  Their ad-free service is something like $12/month.  Their Hulu TV service with ad-free on-demand is something like $51/month.  Yikes.  Suddenly I’m back to dealing with what’s effectively a cable company in different clothes, and any chance of actually saving money on this process is rapidly headed out the window.