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The Best, Cheap, Easy Alternatives To High Satellite Television and Cable TV Bills Every Month
The Price keeps going UP!
Time Warner Cable is increasing it's bill by 2.6 percent, DirecTV by 4.5 percent, Dish Network has tacked on a dollar for DVR service AND increased their English language program packages by $5 across the board, where will it all end?
Cable and satellite provider's prices have gotten out of hand! It seems like every month they tack on a dollar here or increase their package prices ever higher. It's as though they KNOW there's nothing we can do about it!
Finally...a little terrifying honesty.
Oh, but, there is. So, despite satellite and cable companies refusing to acknowledge customer dissatisfaction with it's constantly rising prices. Instead, trying to eliminate any alternatives with "net neutrality" killing bill proposals, rather than change pricing.
Before we are stripped of any choices at all, you might want to try...
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Netflix + Hulu + An Antenna = Savings!
So, enough is enough, you're cutting off your cable/satellite and doing away with the whole mess. What are you going to watch? Luckily, with an internet connection and a few cables, there's a solution.
Netflix is a streaming video service that provides access to it's VAST library of content for around $8.00 per month. Though, their library is mostly movies, a few television shows and documentaries, still, it's well worth the price.
Hulu is also a streaming video service for $8.00 a month. It basically performs the same function as Netflix, only, less movies and more current television shows in their library. Usually, they stream the show's newest episode a day later than regular t.v. So, all in all, you'll be one day behind, most of the time.
Couple the purchase of an antenna (for all your local channel needs) and an increase in internet bandwidth per month (depending on what internet plan you have) you can lower the cost of home entertainment by a pretty significant amount. My last calculation had mine lowered by about $50!
Additions you might need:
- A streaming media device/devices (Roku, Boxee Box, Western Digital Live Plus). You need one for every t.v.
- A larger internet package (streaming in HD takes a lot of internet juice)
- HDMI cables.
Torrents + Waiting = Cheapest!...with consequences
Given that this is the internet and the premium for entertainment, in it's myriad of forms, is at an all time low, there's an illegal alternative. Torrents, being the humble offspring of peer to peer sharing programs like Napster, have bloomed into the premiere way to wrangle entertainment on the cheap. Cheap, of course, meaning free.
This method, though initially cost effective, might end up costing you a mountain of money in legal fees and fines.
Beside the fact that you have to wait while what you want to watch downloads. This, as anyone who has downloaded a huge file can tell you, is a long wait.
Additions you might need:
- Legal representation
- Large nest egg (to pay for legal representation and pirating fines)
- Some one to watch your belongings while you're in jail.
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The Up Side.
A cheaper way to watch t.v. is never a bad thing. Given the alternatives, of course the best choice is the streaming media route. It's cheaper than an ever growing cable bill and offers a carte blanche approach to viewing.