Cut that cord! Ack, please don't say "begs the question" when you really mean "raises the question"--they're two totally different things.
I haven't had cable TV since 2001 and I really don't miss it. I fill in a bit with hulu...but with digital TV I now get four PBS stations (15 channels of it!) in perfect picture and sound. Between DVR'ed episodes of "Masterpiece Mystery", podcasts, and all the library books I could want, I have a lifetime of entertainment at my fingertips for a total DSL bill of $35 per month.