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I cancelled my cable television subscription some years ago in favor of using streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. However, it is easy to spend just as much on streaming services as you pay on cable television!
One way to save money is to activate only one streaming service at a time. Most of the services offer monthly payments and there are no penalties to unsubscribing. If they get another show you like or a new season of a show you watch then you can just resubscribe.
I subscribed to Netflix a few months back to watch Stranger Things. Then I subscribed to Filmstruck to watch their Criterion Collection movies. Now, I'm thinking about subscribing to BritBox to watch the old Doctor Who serials. I may subscribe to Showtime for a month to catch up on the new Twin Peaks. Or, to HBO for a month to watch Game of Thrones.
By rotating through the different services rather than subscribing to several at once I only pay about $10/month and over the course of a year I can get access to many different shows. My cable company's cheapest package is $25/month for very limited channels.
When you cancel a service, they generally let you watch through the end of the current month so if you plan on keeping a service for only one month you might want to cancel it early in the month and then make sure you watch the shows you want to see before the service cuts out. Make sure you do cancel the service because once they bill again you will generally have to pay for the full next month.
There was a day that I woke to realize less was best for me. That was about 5 years ago. I have since come to learn about free channels on the Roku streaming device. There can't be anything better than that for me right now.
I have been enjoying a few things and one would be the awesome movies from the days past. I am sure if your thinking of cutting the cord this would work for you. Buy the Roku used it's just as good.
Register it and look for free channel apps. Begin by sitting there and understanding you only want free. If there is a fee, delete them. In a few months, you will thank yourself. I share Netflix and Hallmark service. But that was before I knew of the free service.
YouTube has just about everything. Check it out.
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Every other month I call my cable company because the bill goes up. They will give me a break for a month or so then slowly creep in other charges. I'm not tech savy and am reading about Hulu. I watch CNN, MSNBC, some of the old movies, the sports channels, cooking, and sometimes the history channel. These are a few of what I watch. Is cable a must for me to continue watching these networks?
By weinerdog41 from Lubbock, TX
First about watching pc on tv. I am not so tech savvy myself, so I go to Youtube. There you will find 8 million videos showing you exactly what to buy and how to do it. Just search for "watching pc on tv".
As for the Hulu dilemma, it can be good and bad. A lot of the tv shows are available free for limited periods (A certain number days after air for a certain number days). I'm not sure how news shows would work.
Another option is to go to the individual network website. That is sometimes the faster option for shows.
I say all this as I watch my cable tv. I am too stuck in my ways to make the change. I do, however, plan to change to basic cable and watch as many shows as possible through pc.
I am just in the process of doing this myself. I am SO not tech-savvy. If it weren't for my computer geek brother, I'd still be using my VCR (which he bought me in the 80's)!
We downgraded to just basic cable before our wedding 2 years ago, and it's been a great disappointment for $47 a month.
We were able to only get Netflix and Pandora through our Blue-ray player (gift from my brother, LOL), so we JUST bought a Roku box (a box that streams internet tv) and installed it two days ago - it was only $50. We now pay for Netflix and Hulu Plus at $16 a month total and get other stations free through the Roku.
So far, I'm really happy. I am able to get shows on Hulu Plus that I could no longer get on cable and that Netflix didn't have. There are a couple of shows that Hulu Plus doesn't have, but I can watch them online if I'm really desperate.
I've just been playing around with the Roku, but it has so many other channels.
I have found news channels that are free. NBC seems to post the nightly news and meet the press immediately, and there are several other news channels that I haven't even tried yet - a lot of them free.
So anyway, it's worth it to me. I would try it out while you still have cable for a few days before deciding, but I am excited about saving money and having more watching options.
Ooh, I just looked at your post again. I have heard that if you have internet and phone through your cable company, that if you cancel your cable, they will not actually stop your cable service. In other words, they automatically do internet and cable together, even if you cancel the cable. It would be up to you to decide if you would feel too guilty to use the cable!
Also, all you need for internet TV streaming services is wifi and a streaming device, like a Roku, Apple tv box, WII, or other internet-enabled device. I am liking the Roku so far.
Hulu is awesome. We have been using the ROKU for about a year and a Half now...at the time it cost about $65.00. there are so many great channel options with the Roku. Hulu Plus is what you Pay for to stream to your TV. It is $8 a month. Worth it. Additionally with the Roku you get channels such as Amazon movies. You can rent a movie on Amazon.com. So that is like pay per view. Hulu not only gives you access to common TV stations but there is a collection of HULU Exclusive programs, usually British productions that are very entertaining. I have loved not paying for cable.