We don’t have cable or satellite, you guys.
I miss live television sometimes, just the comfort it brings me, but I don’t miss having another ridiculous bill.
When we moved, I chose to wait on purchasing cable or satellite until I knew, without a doubt, I could afford it. I’m not sure what this energy inefficient house is going to bring to the table in terms of bills, so it’s best to wait.
In the meantime, we have an HD antenna that picks up two channels, pretty much, and they show the same shows at different times. I can watch Ellen at 6 a.m. and Maury at 8 a.m. or I can watch Ellen at 11 a.m. and Maury a little later. I big pink puffy heart Ellen, but Maury stresses me out. And I get judge various judge shows. And church channels. (I swear, it’s almost like Christmas when the antenna picks up more than three different channel sets.)
But I can’t watch Ellen and Maury and endless judge shows forever, and my kids certainly don’t want to, so this is what we do:
• Use wifi + smart TV – I have a VIZIO LED Smart HDTVand we’re able to use the apps to pull up several subscription services to stream content. I can even check my Facebook news feed, access my Flickr account and utilize several Yahoo! services too.
• Hooked up a Roku 2 Streaming Playeron the other TV – The other TV isn’t a smart TV, so I bought a Roku and I love it. I also have a Blu-ray that will stream, but I had problems with it in the old house, so we’ll stick with the Roku for streaming.
• Subscribe to Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. Most people are familiar with Netflix, which is great for all sorts of movies and television series, but it’s not great for new releases or new shows. Hulu Plus is more current and Amazon Instant Video, which I get free with my Prime membership, actually has very, very current episodes.
If you’re considering dialing back your cable/satellite or getting rid of it altogether, you should definitely check these services out. Each has a no obligation free trial program that you should try. Streaming shows and movies isn’t limited to TVs, either; I love being able to pull these services up on my iPad and iPhone too (like, when I’m in the bathtub).
Amazon Prime is, by far, the most beneficial of all of the programs, just because of it’s all-encompassing nature. For $79 a year – which is just $6.58/mo. – you can:
• Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for everyone (way before they hit Netflix)
• Borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
• Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order size — this alone has saved me so much money!
Have you been considering dialing back your cable/satellite package? Have you already downgraded? Do you sit back and wonder what these crazy inventors will think of next (I mean, we didn’t even have the Internet when I was a child; I remember having to get up off of the floor to change the channel back and forth from Nickelodeon to MTV.) Let me know in the comments section!
Disclaimer: I’m an Amazon affiliate, and I’ll make a small fee (at no cost to you) when you sign up for a free trial. That said, I use these products and services daily in my own home and love them. All opinions are mine.