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Internet tv: How you can save money using internet television

Updated on December 7, 2013

Internet TV

Today, one of the common trends is seeing people abandon cable television for internet tv. In case you are wondering what the logic behind these people jumping train is, let me save you some headache by telling you that there is a huge opportunity to save a lot of money if you stream tv channels and shows from the internet.

Im not saying cable television is a bad thing. As you would discover later in this article- sometimes it makes more sense to stick to cable television.

Internet Vs Cable Television

The purpose of this comparison like I said earlier is to help you determine which option is more convenient and cost efficient for you. Remember that as we all have distinct faces, so also do our preferences for tv programs differs.

Internet tv helps you to avoid paying for all those tv channels you wished you never had on your set. Before I stopped using cable tv, I was paying 30 dollars per month for about 50 channels of which I tuned in to just seven of them. Also, aside local contents, you have a lot more variety to choose from if you are using satellite tv.

On the other hand, Cable tv carries a lot more local content ranging from news to weather reports and local television shows. But you don't have so much leverage over what channels you get. By this I mean you have few options to supplement the basic channels and you can only get more by spending more money.

If you see yourself profiting from both internet and cable tv then downgrading your cable subscription and supplementing it with internet tv is advisable. You would spend $7.99 per month on Netflix and Hulu Plus, while Amazon Prime would want $6.59 per month from you.

Assuming you pay $7.99 for netflix subscription and $10 dollars for basic cable tv subscription you would spend 18 dollars each month instead of the 30 dollars I was spending. Each year you would save $144. That is enough to pay for 4 sushi eat outs!!!

Things to Consider Before you make the Switch

1. Consider your favorite shows: Before you change what you have at the moment make sure you make a list of your favorite shows and identify whether or not you can get them on internet tv. Except it's a local show, it is unlikely you won't find it on web television. If the answer to this question is a yes, then you are good to go.

2. Cost: As you have seen with in the earlier part of this article internet tv subscription aren't free. Aside the monthly subscription fee you have to pay there is also a one time investment you have to make in buying a set-up box- if you don't have a smart tv. This can cost as low as low as $30 and as high as $99.

There is always the option of using a HDMI cord and streaming right from your pc, but if you are a fan of sitting comfortably on the couch and flipping through tv channels with your remote you may want to avoid this.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Internet TV is a great idea!