Our friend the television: Is cable an outdated dinosaur? #Pop Culture#cable#internet#tv March 9 | Cat Rocketship Photo by Daniel Toror, used under Creative Commons license. Last week I read this article on Mashable about cutting the cable cord. In it, they cover the results of a study in which five families replaced their cable with a "connected device" (vocab word, yo!) for a week. We're talking Boxee, Roku, Apple TV and Google TV, and an Xbox 360. A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a man pretty high up in the pecking order of a midwestern cable company. He was very interested in learning about how us kids watch TV. I explained that we'd only recently gotten cable again — because there was a deal when we moved. "And how did you watch TV before that?" he asked. We watched a lot of Hulu and Netflix. "When the deal's over, will you continue cable?" I dunno. Probably not. How to get rid of cable and watch TV online Every once in a while on Facebook or Twitter, I see a plea for help to get rid of cable and start watching TV shows... [more] "What would make your cable subscription more useful to you?" If I could just effing watch it on my computer. Seriously. Not even our local news stations stream their shows online. AND, my cable plan includes On Demand Streaming, but I can access content days faster online. I'm sure a number of you don't watch TV at all — but that will never be me. I love my teevee. When we don't have cable, we watch Netflix and Hulu, and I even have a set-up that allows me to stream Japanese daytime television (Amazing. Their version of Fred Willard is a trio of very young women.) So, I'm kind of curious — does cable feel like a dying dinosaur to you? Do you already own — or are you researching — a connective device? Do you even need one? Is Netflix enough for your household? Let's prognosticate a bit on the future of mass media. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS Carrie Anne's thrifted paradise in cookie-cutter suburbia NEXT Stretching shelf space, adding color, and stashing crafts Toggle comments [ 135 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.