Cable TV, it’s about time we broke up.
Actually we quit our cable years ago. In fact, we’ve had cable television for about three out of the sixteen years my husband and I have been married.
Do we ever miss it?
Once in a really great while, but it’s not worth the cost, not even a little.
Besides, today there are a ton of free or low-cost alternatives to cable TV. We will explore the options.
The average cable bill in America is around $128 dollars per month. That’s $1,536 dollars per year (12 month’s worth).
What else could you spend fifteen hundred dollars on if you weren’t watching cable?
We’ve had it for about three years and we love it. Ok, the movies aren’t the best. They’re kinda B-rated, but they have tons of television series available and lots of kids cartoons. Since we went all those years without cable, we’ve got catching up to do. Netflix works perfectly for us. We watch it through out Wii and stream it on our computers. They have a Netflix App for your phone too. There will be no shortage of television watching with Netflix, and at $7.99 a month, it’s a bargain.
This past summer, during one of our walks, my daughter whined and complained about not having cable. So I added the cost of cable for one year and compared it to the cost of Netflix for one year. I asked her which made more sense for our family. She shut up.
Watch TV online directly from the networks. All the major networks air their programs online. You simply have to watch it the next day, or if you’re on the East Coast, you must wait until California has watched the show before it will air online. I can wait.
Do you like the PBS shows? Sherlock Holmes or Downton Abbey anyone? Watch Masterpiece Theater online for free.
Hulu Plus is $7.99 a month. They have a very large variety of TV shoes, including several 80’s sitcoms and the I Love Lucy collection. There’s an App for Hulu, so you can watch it on your mobile devices. You can also stream it to your television when used in combination with Google’s Chromecast ($35).
4 Hallmark Channel
My mother bought a subscription to the Hallmark Channel. She likes it, so it was worth the small fee and it was much less expensive than cable.
Not the old-fashioned rabbit ears, but a new digital antenna. I remember wearing braces as a kid and having to hold the antenna a certain way for an entire 30 minute show. My mouth was a great conductor. They still work well in some areas, not in mine, but perhaps in your neck of the words. Try installing it in your attic for better reception.
The fees can add up, but if you really, really want to see something special, try renting it through iTunes.
Again be careful of fees, but it’s a good option for movie night.
8 Apple TV
For around one hundred dollars you can purchase a black tv box from apple and watch all the television you want, including sports. You can stream iTunes movies and also have access to the entire Netflix catalog.
I haven’t used it, but they have a lot of movies and you can rent them for $2 for two nights. If you only watch a movie once in a while, it may be a good option. They also get episodes from the networks faster than Netflix, but if you want them fast, watch them directly from the networks for free.
Most libraries let you check out movies. Try it. Some libraries even have television series and workout DVD’s.
11 Amazon Prime
This is a lot like Netflix, except in addition to streaming movies and TV shows, Amazon Prime offers free two-day shipping and a free kindle book each month from their Kindle library. I’ve heard great reviews about Amazon prime. The yearly cost is $79 dollars, especially affordable when you figure in free shipping.
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Can you add any other alternatives to Cable TV to the list above? Please share in the comments.
Do you pay for Cable? Would you like to stop? Which alternative are you interested in trying?
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