DISH Network's SuperDISH 121 mounted on a rooftop.
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Two days ago, we canceled our subscription to Dish Network. Shutting off your satellite service is evidently, according to the satellite people at least, akin to cutting off your arm. Even more upsetting to them is evidently the fact that we didn’t use the dish or at least we didn’t for such a long time that it seemed silly to keep forking over the hundreds of dollars a month in order to keep our full service package coming (and not being used).

I have just gotten off the phone with Dish Network for the second time. It appears that they are even more perplexed when you tell them that you don’t watch television that way anymore than if you told them that you switched to their competitor. They even offered us a $14.99 a month local channel only package. Seriously, is it that hard to believe that we just don’t need it?

Don’t get me wrong, we are not the only ones around here that don’t have television (cable or satellite) We have friends and neighbors that have been without that form of mental stimulation for years. All we did was finally decide that since whatever we do watch we watch on the computer, that it just didn’t make sense to have to pay for a satellite service to just sit there … in case.

We haven’t gotten rid of television, we still watch television shows, we just now watch them on our television via the internet.

We’re not sports hounds so the fact that we don’t have the ability to watch live sports doesn’t matter at all to us. The woman that I spoke to also couldn’t understand that we didn’t watch our local channels – have these people seriously not heard of the internet and that good old fashioned form of entertainment, the printed newspaper? We have both of them and we seem to be doing all right in the world. I am aware of what’s going on and I really don’t live under a rock because I don’t have satellite television. Besides, I can’t think of the last time we actually watched local news on the television set.

It will be interesting to see exactly how many more times we get solicited to find out why we turned off our service. I am betting that this most recent phone call wasn’t our last.

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