It’s been a long process for me...
I was a “cable slave” from 1991 to 2001 until I got hooked on watching curling, cricket and international badminton. local cable TV had zip/zero/nada for coverage other than a very rare 2am highlights (if that).
Dumped cable and bought a “grey market” Canadian dish (2001-2011) and was much more happier. Years later, I got fed up with the increased costs and outages...dumped that too.
After bumping up my internet speed (plus getting a wireless router and dedicated mini laptop) I realized I can turn my TV into a large internet display! I also ditched the phone line and purchased an OOMA phone. My COX bill got cut in half!!!
Most of my entertainment comes from Netflix (20%) Hulu (10%) and YouTube (70%). The last time I watched network TV was the 2014 NCAA Final Four Championship.