Editor’s Note

I’ve spent a lot of hours watching TV in my life; I wouldn’t even want to know how many.

So, when I suggested we trim costs at home by canceling our cable, I surprised myself a little bit.

“When did I become the guy who thinks cable isn’t worth the ever-rising bill anymore?” I wondered.

The fact of the matter is, we just don’t watch it enough to make it worthwhile – especially during the spring and summer months, when time is better spent outdoors.

If I miss sports programming, I’ll listen to the radio or go somewhere to watch games, I guess.

As for TV series, I don’t typically watch many of them anyway, and when I do, I’m probably tuning into a sitcom rerun from at least 10 years ago.

It should be fairly obvious where I get my news, and it’s not from cable.

Will we miss parts of having cable? I’m sure, but I’m betting, somehow, we’ll manage to survive. We’ve got a lot of books to read, and as I mentioned previously, the outdoors are enjoyable this time of year.

If we feel like spending some time indoors, there won’t be much to worry about. The TV won’t just become an oversized wall ornament. No, we’ll use that to fire up Netflix, and we won’t have to sell the car to do it.

Netflix, an Internet TV network, serves more than 30 million people, who watch more than 1 billion hours of shows and movies monthly.

For a few bucks a month, we can usually find something worth watching, including Netflix original series.

Recently, I got hooked on Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove,” a science-fiction mystery released last month. It is not, by the way, a family-friendly show.

Netflix released all 13 “Hemlock Grove” episodes at once, making it so impatient people like me could watch them all as soon as we could find the time, rather than waiting a week or more between them.

Netflix could be the future of TV. Or, maybe it has already reached its full potential. I don’t really know. We’ll see how I do without cable to pass the time.