Sticking with the theme of me cancelling our satellite TV last week, I thought I’d name a few of the few ways we’re still able to catch our favorite shows and sporting events. My wife and I cancelled our satellite TV and want to reduce watching any sort of screen, but it is nice to sometimes sit down to relax and watch a movie or show. We’re finding out that you don’t necessarily need cable or satellite to do this.
I’m sure everyone has heard of Netflix by now. They are a company that allows you to stream certain TV shows and movies online for $7.99 per month (they have a free one month trial just click here). They also have a service where they’ll send you one DVD at a time for another $7.99 per month. I don’t use that service, but my wife and I love the streaming membership. The great thing about the streaming option is the variety of devices you can watch it on; computer, iPad, iPhone, Xbox, PS3, internet TVs and many more I’m sure. They don’t have the greatest selection of movies or shows, but it’s enough to be able to find one when you want to watch one. Just be careful, if you start a new TV series (like Parenthood or Revenge), you may never want to do something else until you’re finished with it.
I haven’t used Hulu too much, but I’ve heard good things about it. There is a regular Hulu which has a bunch of TV shows and is free, but then there is also Hulu Plus which costs $7.99 per month and has a wider selection. Also like Netflix, you can watch Hulu on just about any device that connects to the internet. I know my wife and I will be using this website more often over the next few months being that we will no longer have our favorite shows DVR’d. Hulu is also offering a 1 month free trial for their Hulu Plus product. Start Your Hulu Plus Free Trial Now!
Unfortunately, I don’t have access to ESPN3 with my internet provider, but you may. Most of the major sporting events are blacked out, but they have a decent selection on any given night. ESPN3 is great on college campuses because it’s always included and it shows a bunch of college games.
I have been a customer of mlb.tv for about 4 years now and I love it. It gives me access to watch every MLB game (except for the game that’s in my market) for around $120 a year. I split it with a good buddy, so it isn’t too expensive when you think about the fact that it’s 6 month’s worth of entertainment. You can sign up for similar programs for any of the major sports you enjoy and it ends up being much cheaper than cable or satellite.
On the Network Channels
Most of the shows on the major networks (i.e. Fox, NBC, CBS, etc.) are put up online within a week or so of the show debuting. As long as you don’t care about watching the show the night it comes out this can be a great option. Plus, you don’t need cable or satellite to get the main channels anyways, so you could always watch it live if you’re home.
With the great technology out there today, there really is no excuse for not being able to watch what you want online. I know I will definitely miss quite a few of my sporting events without satellite, but I am not worried at all about watching our shows or catching a few movies. That being said, I’ll have to remind myself that we cancelled our satellite in order to come up with other things to do with our time because I know it will be a tough habit to break.
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