I admit I have been somewhat of a TV addict, but lately the cost of watching a few shows that I absolutely love is no longer something I am willing to pay for. Instead we have switched to streaming. By streaming our entertainment through the internet and on to our TV we were able to cut the cable cord and not miss a thing!
- iTunes – Allows you to pay-per-show. This is cheaper than paying a cable bill every month, but only if there are a couple of series you just can’t live without and can’t wait to come out on Hulu Plus, Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Interested in taking the leap? Check out these streaming services!
- Netflix – At $8.99 a month for instant access to hundreds of movies and TV shows (although they are one to two seasons behind) it’s a no brainer.
- Amazon Instant Video – This is comparable to Netflix but it is only available through Amazon Prime. We purchase Prime for all of its great benefits like free two-day shipping no matter how much you order, free access to Kindle books and of course AIV. Amazon Instant Video gives you access to a lot of free movies and TV shows but some of the more recent programs and movies you do still have to pay for, then even have their own original TV series. Even at $2.99 an episode it is still cheaper than cable, if you only have one or two series that you can’t live without. Prime has a yearly membership fee of $99.00 which equates to $8.25 a month.
- Hulu Plus – Hulu Plus lets you watch new episodes of your favorite shows. Typically they are a day behind and even some can be up to a month behind but at $7.99 I can wait a few days to watch my shows. I usually do anyway. The down side of Hulu Plus is that they still have commercials that you simply can not fast forward through.
- Network Websites – Networks have given us the ability to watch their content over our computers, smartphones and tablets. Some networks like NBC let you watch for free regardless if you have a cable provider or not while others like ABC now require you to log into their site using an account created through your cable provider. This can be a “free” option for you if you have friends or family who would let you use their log in information to access these network websites. To answer your questions, yes this is a legal option, and most people do this.
- Google Play, etc – Google Play allows you to rent movies right on your TV, rentals typically run between $4.99-$5.99. But honestly with Netflix and Amazon Prime you won’t see the benefit of this option.
- Redbox – A cheaper option but it does require you to leave the comfort of your own home rain, snow, or shine to hopefully find the movie you are in the mood for.
- Streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV; gaming consoles like Wii, Playstation3 and XBOX, along with Smart TVs and even Blu-Rays all have apps available for both free and subscription based (ex: Netflix) so you can easily have more entertainment options.
Services like Crackle TV (a free services with movies and TV shows, albeit nothing new).
- Can I Stream It allows you to figure out the best, and cheapest option for watching an episode of your favorite show or even for renting a movie. It will let you see what your options are and who has it available and then allows you to choose which one you want to utilize.
- Digital broadcast receivers are the 21st century equivalent for the old stand by, rabbit ears. If you are thinking about getting an antenna you can easily check to see what stations would be available to you along with what equipment you need take a look at the information at antennaweb.org.
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