Bravo!! Was this like the burning of the mortgage? ;-)
I'm truly amazed at the skyrocketing rates for cable tv. When it first surfaced, the salient argument for subscribing was that it was commercial free. Back then, cable cost all of $9.95/month. The price for basic cable service is now close to $50/month which does not include any of the premium channels. The one thing that has changed, though, is that cable tv is now packed with commercials. The only reason I maintain my subscription is for EWTN .... period. Otherwise, like you, the tv would be roasting on my barbeque.
I didn't go that far.
If I want to watch something really interesting I usually try to rent a DVD, which works out well.
I don't think there would be many cable channels that would interest me, even if I still owned a television set.