Stop paying for cable or satellite TV programming, it’s just too expensive for what you get. Many people are paying upwards of $100 per month, that’s $1200 per year!. For a family with an income of $100,000 per year (which isn’t everybody), $100 per month for cable TV or satellite TV is likely about 1.5% of your take home pay.
Just for lousy programming that usually includes commercials!
Sure, you can TIVO or watch via DVR, but changes are that DVR is costing you $10 per month. HD, once the promo runs out, is probably costing you another $10 per month.
Now that all TV signals are broadcast in HD, you can get local channels for free, just the cost of an inexpensive antenna. And the local HD broadcast is probably higher definition than your cable or satellite signal which can be compressed.
If you have a newer TV, much of the functionality you need is probably built in.
You can watch many TV programs over the free airwaves or even watch them on the network’s website – on demand for free. Miss an episode of a USA network show? Head to Hulu.tv and watch it for free. Hulu Plus is a premium service if you want a little more there. It allows you to watch more shows that are archived and watch in HD.
Want some more movies?
Watch Amazon Video On Demand.
We watched Shrek 4 (Shrek Forever After) just a week or so ago and it was really nice. Came over the PC in 720p HD, connected to the TV. We could pause for snacks, resume when we were ready. $3.99.
Lots of new TV’s (Vizio, etc) have apps for viewing Amazon video on demand directly; expect more of this type of thing soon.
If you watch lots of movies, you can probably get a better selection, watched when you want by subscribing to Netflix for less than $10 per month.
Add up what you REALLY need to pay for and chances are you are under $40 per month, if you splurge.
So stop paying for cable TV or satellite TV programming, you are getting ripped off. If you have high speed internet, there is LOTS of free content you can watch and lots more available, commercial free, for a small and reasonable fee.
Heck, I’m old enough to remember when subscribing to cable TV meant NO COMMERCIALS!