Based on this thread, I made the plunge and cut most of the cord. I've had Cox Cable since I moved to Kansas in 2001, and I hate them. It peaked last year when I was with limited service due to their errors for 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately, I live far enough away from TV signals that I can't get most over-the-air channels. (I live in an apartment, so an outdoor antenna isn't a viable option.)
What sold me on the deal, though, was looking at Hulu again. I'd tried Hulu a few years ago and liked it, but not enough to make the plunge. I realized this time, though, that most of the shows I watch on TV are on Hulu. When combining that was PlayStation Vue, I have more than enough channels, and I'm mostly rid of Cox. I say mostly because I still have cable internet through them.
Why do I hate Cox? Well, cost is one thing. When I first got Cox in 2001 my cable and Internet bill was about $100 a month. That included two digital cable tiers, and, for the first 6 months or year or something, the three main premium cablers (HBO, Showtime, Cinemax). Today, I pay $180 a month for one digital cable tier and no premiums. So lousy service and insane prices.
Like lots of others, I don't watch most of my cable channels. The random upper-number channels I did watch went away over the years because I was the only one watching them, apparently. Unlike lots of others, I don't watch much sports. I don't care about live sports most of the time. In fact, while I have PS Vue right now, I don't know if I'll keep it long term. (The good news is that--for now at least--I'm able to stream three stations from back home in Minnesota here in Kansas which is worth the cost for now.)
I also had TiVo. And, let me tell you, when I first got TiVo, I loved it. But I've been really unhappy with it lately (lineup issues). I had a hard time justifying $15 a month for its convenience. That $15 is being spent on Hulu with (nearly) no commercials for $11 (or $12 whatever it is) a month. I've already had Netflix.
I also can pick up 2 local channels with an indoor antenna. One of them happens to air 24/7 weather on a secondary digital signal, so I can check it out when the tornadoes start to come.
Cancelling? I was prepared for the worst when cancelling with Cox. It wasn't THAT bad, probably because I was keeping internet. I was talked into having their streaming locals package because it made my internet-only bill less than it was.
However, TiVo when I called to cancel was incredibly condescending and snotty. If I were to go back to cable, I'd get a cable company DVR rather than TiVo based on that experience.
I'm paying under $80 which is too much, but better than it was. I figure I'm saving $115 a month on Cox and TiVo, and paying just under $50 a month for Hulu and Vue, so my net savings are $65 a month from what they were. Plus, I'm giving Cox less of my money.
I'm only a week or so into it, but there's not a lot I miss. I love TV, but I would just have it on in the background a lot. I am hoping for more reading, more gaming, and more intent viewing.