There was a period of time in America when cable television was in practically every household in the neighborhood. The advent of cable was truly something special, allowing one to tune into a multitude of different types of broadcasts and find their very own niche of entertainment. Soon after, however viewers found that they were spending far more money than they wanted to admit each month to watch their favorite shows, all the while having to rely on the luck of being able to tune in at the right time.
Thanks in large part to today’s technology, there are a variety of alternatives to cable TV, which is perhaps why many people believe it will someday go the way of the dinosaur. Here are just a few ways in which you can not only save money by getting rid of your cable service, but also take control over what you watch and when you watch it.
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If you haven’t heard of Roku, you’re missing out. This device can be purchased for approximately the same amount of money you might spend on a month’s worth of cable, can be hooked directly to your TV for big-screen viewing and culls together some of the best and most popular sources of streaming media on the Internet (Netflix, Hulu etc.).
While many of the services Roku connects to charge a monthly fee, some (like Crackle) provide hundreds of hours of free streaming content, meaning once the device connects to the Internet via a wireless connection, you can theoretically stream content for months at a time without any cost. Roku is a great option for those who don’t want to stream content on their laptop or PC, and the price of entry is nominal considering what many people spend each year on cable.
Ah, Netflix. It’s one of the most well-known streaming services out there, and for good reason. Netflix houses a great deal of high-quality films and TV series, all of which can be streamed for a small monthly fee. The quality of Netflix’s streams is up there with the best available, and the service’s UI is very easy to navigate. In addition, Netflix has a huge catalog of DVDs that can be sent to your home for an additional charge, which is a great option for those who prefer to watch movies on their TVs. If you’re not sure you’re ready to commit to a monthly fee, you can sign up for a free 30 days of Netflix to take the service for a test drive.
This is one that a lot of people overlook. You might think you need to shell out a fortune just to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, but when was the last time you stopped into your public library? Libraries throughout the country are beginning to carry more and more DVDs as the years go by, to the point where those located in major cities have inventories that rival many rental stores. Perhaps best of all, however, is that borrowing DVDs from libraries is usually 100% free of charge. It’s a great concept for those who don’t really like to stream content but still want to be able to watch movies without paying for cable. And since TV shows are usually available as well, you won’t be missing out on anything at all.
Being frugal is a huge part of living with peace of mind, and the sooner you can get rid of your cable service, the more money you’ll save.