I have cable but hardly watch anything. I keep it because I need to see my Habs games over the NHL season and on multiple TV's in my house. Also discovery hd and oasis hd nature channels are fantastic to watch, but I hardly make the effort to sit down and watch them. It's SUCH an effort
For the few tv shows I do follow, I download them because my PVR is full and limited in capacity and it's just easier. And I have them for future viewing.
BTW, 30 something per month is nothin. Videotron cable cost in Quebec is as follows:
Basic service (crappy channels): 17.99
Telefax package (package of decent channels: 30.00
Digital tv network access fee 2.99
HD network access fee: 2.99
Total of 54 bucks a month and this doesn't included any specialty channels, movie channels, comedy etc. It does include some sports channels.
And those fees @2.99 are just BS fees for the provider to milk customers further.
All in all it's overpriced, but I want my Habs games so I'll keep it for now.
BTW videotron also provides phone and high speed Internet so they give some package discounts.
My total is $116 for cable + Internet @ 7Mbps + landline phone. Actually the phone is discounted for a year, the total will go up to $125 soon. How does that sound to you guys? I'd love to bail on it for lower cost options someday.