It is what it is
If you want to watch what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, the TV has to be connected. It's 2020 after all. Nothing like Pro sports or a contemporary action flick on a highend 65" SMART TV - with external Audio system.
I dropped cable and now stream exclusively saving $100/mo.
Another viable solution -with no monthly fees- may be Free to Air (FTA) satellite TV. Buy the dish and the FTA receiver for less than $500 total and get free unencrypted TV.