Hanging on by a Thread, I mean a Cable

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I decided to do a simple little post tonight about your TV/Movie habits. I have finally gotten my $ stuff down to a science, at least on TV matters, so I thought I would pass them on.

Let’s see where you are:

Last time I only got 2 votes on my poll. That would not bode well with this one either. However, I can still let you know what I used to do and what I do now.

Time was when I would have cable TV and a couple of the premium channels running on my set. Now, that was a reasonable cost then (about $40), but, then again, you were very limited in today’s terms as to what you could watch.   You had your regular stations, then the 14 and up stations (usually to about 60) and your premium channels.

Satellite TV has offered so many stations and options to the regular person that I am not sure how you actually choose what to watch. I mean, you can’t really surf 300+ stations and find something to watch that isn’t almost over when you find it.

Cable TV has been my choice of evils, not because it is so much better, but the weather seldom bothers it at all and I didn’t really want to change my Internet provider. I have 5 ways of watching shows right now:

1)      Hulu – hulu is a computer-based station that gives the ability to watch a lot of regular shows for free on your computer. I watch Arrow, Revolution, and Grimm. You normally have to watch them 24 hours after they air on regular stations. Hulu is free (Hulu-plus isn’t).

2)      Roku – By far the best money I have spent on any of this. A roku box is very small and attaches to your TV. Then it picks up on your Wi-Fi and brings most of the computer channels to your set. It also gives a great menu and search program. Roku is a one-time cost of about $50.

3)      Amazon Prime – Amazon prime saves me the most for my money. It costs $99 a year and you get several things. Here are the big two for me. First, if I buy an item on Amazon that is listed as a Prime item, I get two-day shipping for free. That’s $3.99 per item saved. Adds up quick. Second, there is a list of streaming movies you can watch for free if you own Prime. Decent films and they get new ones each month.  There is also a borrowing method for Kindle if you have prime.

4)      Net-Flix is a rental service for renting DVDs and Blu-ray movies.   Thousands of movies sent to your computer or to your TV (through your Roku box).

5)      On-Demand. This is through my cable service (Comcast). It is a large collection of movies, shows, documentaries, etc…that can be watched mostly all free.

What I think is the cheapest/best way for someone is to buy cable and a roku box. Then you have hulu, and all the roku items. Past that is up to you, My combo above has never left me with nothing to watch.

So what do you think? Are we too preoccupied with our shows and movies or is this now an integrated part of our lives and simply needs a little adjusting?

Let me know.



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  • cravesadventure  On April 2, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Funny that you bring this topic up – trying to figure out ways to save monies in that area too – pay quite a bit for satellite – there are way too many channels that go unwatched with that hefty payment too. I will let you know what we figure out and get back to share with you. Happy Hump Day!


  • playingforreal  On April 2, 2014 at 5:25 am

    We’re looking to drop cable when our contract expires in August. We’ve had a reasonable, locked-in rate ($96 for phone, internet and t.v. service) for a couple of years, but are sure it will skyrocket after the deal expires. It’s always been convenient to pay just one bill for three services, but if Hulu and the like are “free,” then maybe that’s where it’s at. Does this Roku box only work for movie channels or can you also pick up local news channels?


    • kindredspirit23  On April 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      I am not 100% certain on the Roku box; you should look it up. I don’t watch local news and so forth. You can also buy a small in-house antennae that will allow you to pick up anywhere from 6-20 local stations for free. Antennae cost about $18-30.
      Also, when you cancel your Cable, to to them and ask for a deal to stay. Often you will get the same offer or better for another year.


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