DF and I recently moved in together, and decided not to have my cable service or his satelite service transfered to the new home. Mostly, it was economic reasons. We also don't have home internet (I have unrestricted access at work, he has limited access at work) or a home phone (we each use our cell phones primarily).
So far, I really like being cable/satelite free. We're watching movies and TV series we have on DVD. In a weird way, it's creating better quality time for us. We pick out the movie together (his collection could rival a video rental store - but it's mostly Action films), so we discuss our moods, preferences, opinions, and other things regarding the night's movie more with each other.
Not having the cable/satelite also frees us up to work on unpacking and finishing settling in. It's so hard to be motivated to finished organizing the kitchen when you're watching your favorite (and not-so-favorite) shows. It's just too easy to sink into the couch and stay put for the rest of the evening, especially now that it's dark outside by the time we get home.
We're going to bed earlier, and I've already noticed a difference in how much better rested I feel in the morning. I'm not dragging myself out of bed or whining that I wish I had sick days (I'm hourly right now). DF's seems a little more chipper too and less grumpy in the morning. I knew staying up late to watch that extra showing of "Good Eats" or "Adult Swim" was cutting into my sleep time, but I never noticed how much it was affecting me.
I also feel like I'm better preparing myself for when we start our family and will be limiting TV time anyway. As it is, I feel more inclined to try and make more plans to see friends and explore my neighborhood.
Maybe after the holidays we'll get a cable or satelite service again, but in the meantime, I'm cool with the way things are. There are shows and channels that I really do miss, but I lived without them when I was little (no cable growing up), and I can live without them now. My life is still just as rich and full without them.
I wish that "a la carte" cable was an option. Something like, 15 channels for $10 a month, 35 for $20 a month, on up (regular broadcast included). In order to get the channels I regularly watch, we usually have to get a larger service package than we really need. We really only watch about 10 channels with any regularity, and it makes no sense to pay for 100+ of them. If I can get that kind of customized service on my cell phone, why can't I get it on my TV?