HBO Courts the Cord Cutters

I’ve been in Chicago almost a month now, and so far, I still do not have cable. Ten years ago, I’d have been livid. Now I barely miss it.
Staying together, going it alone.

I’ve been in Chicago almost a month now, and so far, I still do not have cable. The apartment building where I’m staying has a contract with some third-party provider that in turn contracts with DirecTV, and while the people at DirecTV have been very nice, the people at the third-party provider have an uncanny habit of making appointments and then phoning to say that they’ve fixed the problem without, y’know, fixing it -- or, in several cases, without even entering the apartment.

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