On the Kid thing:
I'm old school when it comes to kids. I'm the boss. It's been described that I "rule" as a benevolent dictator. That's not to say the Wife is a complete pushover, it's quite the opposite, I'll defer to her in most things. She's much smarter than i.
When a decision, such as removing cable, is made, I make it. Few people will argue with me. and the ones that do realize their opinion doesn't matter all that much to me.
I talk to my kids, engage them, challenge them, ask them "why" and such. I want them to talk to me , read me books, draw me pictures. I LOVE that stuff. I asked them if they think they'd miss cable before we pulled the plug.
My 9 year old is a book worm, She's not going to be a problem and she hasn't been. She said "prolly not...."
My 5 year old, she likes the TV. She'll sit there all day if you let her. She's Watching PBS and some netflix but she has not complained one iota. In fact, she's reading me more books.
The added clicks they have to go through have been a unintended deterrent to their tv watching. They can load up netflix at any time, they know that. They choose not to.
The thing that bothered me most is that they would want ( and almost needed) the TV on in their rooms to go to sleep. I HATED that but it's not a fight I was willing to go about having with the wife. It's not that important to me. My 9 year old reads until she dozes off most nights. My 5 year old now has a CD player in her room and she listens to music. A much better alternative IMO.
In the 5 days of no cable, I've heard no outright complaints about the decision. There have been a few hiccups, but nothing that didn't happen on Cable. The house has been quieter and we've been getting more stuff done.