Can a person live without Cable TV and still enjoy a meaningful life of entertaining programing, sports, and movies? Well the answer is most assuredly a resounding YES! Here are some reasons to give up the converter box and how to find cheaper alternatives to that obnoxious Cable bill every month.
Reason #1 – The Cable Bill
Why pay fifty dollars or more a month for the so-called convenience of watching your favorite shows on TV when you know you could spend probably half as much a month or less subscribing to Hulu Plus or Netflix and get only the shows you want to watch, when exactly you want to watch them, with the freedom to watch them over and over again without interruption? And by now you must realize that most popular shows now produce entire seasons’ worth of episodes in DVD box sets. When I want, I can just pop in any episode from season 1-8 or whatever of NCIS that I like, watch it a billion times over and never have to worry about the Cable going out, commercial interruptions, or having my show interrupted by local news or weather. In fact, with most if not all popular shows being released on DVD, I can set my own programming schedule and do my own marathons.
Most DVD box sets of your favorite shows will run you about $30.00 to $40.00 bucks depending on release date and whether it is an older series or current one. And that’s the best part! You can find all the classic TV series from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s digitally re-mastered and cleaned up and likely available on DVD. DVD has just expanded what networks can do to attract viewers and loyal fans. They realize so many of us have DVD players and DVD-Roms on our computers and laptops. Knowing that they will release everything on DVD means you can afford to wait and collect every episode when your budget allows rather than spend $50.00 or more on a Cable service that costs you more and offers you inflexibility.
Reason #2 – Sports are on Basic and Local Networks Anyway or Internet
NBC is a basic network that covers hockey, baseball, golf, football, and so on. If it’s not on NBC, it is on another basic network channel, FOX. FOX does Nascar, football, and baseball. You also get your local sports in basic network channels as well. In New England we get NESN, New England Sports Network, and YES, Yankees Network. If I really have a hankering for ESPN or Sportscenter, I can go online and get the highlights, stats, scores, and gamecasts from ESPN.com. If I follow specific teams, I know that they have a website that will likely have streaming video highlights, more statistics, more score updates, more photos, and more fan-oriented interactive multi-media features than I can shake a hockey stick at. And visiting these sites won’t cost me a dime if I take my laptop to a WiFi hotspot, like a library, or café, or in my case, a college campus. The fact is, I can watch and stay up to date with all my teams simultaneously just by logging into the internet.
Reason #3 – Movies are on DVD
All the premium channels like HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and so on may show you newly released movies but you know what? These same movies will be out on DVD at about the same time, if not sooner. The only difference between going to Netflix or Blockbuster or your local video rental place and Cable TV is the cost of gas and when you want to watch the movie. Do you want to watch the movie only when the premium channel programming schedule dictates or do you want to rent the movie for a few bucks and whatch it when you want to? Or better yet, just buy the movie on DVD and have it handy till DVDs become obsolete? There is nothing on the premium channels that won’t be on DVD at some point. There’s no point in confining yourself to a constant monthly expense for channels that don’t offer what you want when you want it. Be honest, how often do you watch those premium channels anyway? Do you watch all the premium channels or just one specific one because it is the only channel with your favorite program? Sooner or later it will be out on DVD and you can stop paying for all the stuff you don’t watch.
The best thing about seeing most shows on either DVD, HULU Plus, or Netflix or even You Tube, is that you do not have to pay more than what you are willing to pay and in most cases, you are paying less than your cable bill every month for things that are either free or less than $50.00 a month.