Cable is Ludicrous
How many channels do you have with your premium cable bundle? Do you even understand? Do you understand what’s airing on channel 766 at 8 pm on Tuesday? You should. You’re paying for all that goodies on the QVC channel that you never enjoy and for the entire channel committed to paid announcements that offers more TELEVISION time to Chuck Norris to hock the “total gym” than he ever saw with Walker: Texas Ranger. You are paying for hundreds of channels you will never ever enjoy playing lousy programs that no one should ever lay eyes on.
Introducing: The internet.
Developed by Al Gore sometime in the 90’s (joking), the internet has grown greatly. They have actually even put TELEVISION programs and movies on someone else’s servers so you can stream them to your computer. Not only that, but a number of your preferred programs can be seen Free Of Charge utilizing the program’s network website or by simply looking it up on HULU.com. If you want a more superior service, Netflix, and HULU Plus both off a paid-for service that allows you to enjoy entire seasons of your preferred programs and a bunch of movies from the benefit of your personal computer (still MORE AFFORDABLE than cable). Heck, they have actually even built in those applications into TELEVISION’s, digital media receivers, as well as computer game consoles like the Xbox and Nintendo Wii.
Here’s how we do it.
We have actually internet only through the local cable/telecom company for $45 a month (after taxes/fees). We used to obtain a slightly much better deal, but we needed to call every 6 months to try and get it decreased since our “deal” ran out. I got sick of it, so I went with a more affordable strategy, but it’s still quick sufficient to permit us to stream our preferred shows/movies. We downloaded HULU Desktop (not an affiliate link) and developed a quick account to keep an eye on our preferred programs. THIS IS ENTIRELY RELEASE! We then “subscribed” to our preferred programs and ones that looked fascinating.
Now, we go to our “queue” when we open the application, and it informs us how many “unwatched” programs we have available to enjoy. Reveals normally show up about a week after their LIVE air date, so we type of understand when to anticipate a program to come up. There is no rush and no need to be home with the TELEVISION on at a particular time to enjoy the program. We also don’t need to worry about tape-recording it, since it’s taped and prepared for playback whenever we want. They do normally get rid of programs after the season is over, so we aim to enjoy within a week or 2 for the program appearing in our queue. We have actually followed programs this way for 4 years now, and we don’t miss cable one bit!
For movies, we have a few alternatives. Today we’re on a Netflix free trial for a month since it also included a $50 voucher to restaurants.com. SWEET SCORE FOR DATE NIGHT! We can enjoy movies featured on there, but let’s be sincere; their streaming picking is not excellent. Their DVD service still provides the much better titles, so you can go that route if you choose. Probably, we’ll cancel the service. The other option is your local Redbox movie station. There are over 33,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide, so I make certain there’s one near your home. They have a much better title selection for movies than Netflix, and for those who don’t enjoy a lots of movies, it’s a more affordable option. It’s something like $1.29 for a DVD leasing for one night. The last option we don’t utilize anymore (since I cannot get my free membership anymore) is the Xbox marketplace. The Xbox marketplace had a great selection of movies, and we saw movies on that for a year. It does require a $5 a month membership to Xbox LIVE and you still need to rent the movie, so not the cheapest option, but still CHEAPER THAN CABLE.
You really do NOT have any reason to have a home phone these days, unless you are running a small company with a home office. As well as then, it’s not a home phone, it’s an office or work phone. Cell phones don’t have long-distance charges, can access the internet and needs to take care of all your telephone needs at home and away. The only reason people normally get a home phone is that the foolish cable companies choose you require one as part of their “package”. Why? I really don’t get it, but the only explanation I can come up with is that they want to assign you a telephone number that they can sell to every spammer on the planet who only appears to call you throughout supper just when you will bite into a juicy cut of meat! Do they only work between the hours of 5-7pm? Seriously?! However really, cut the cable (actually) and ditch the home phone service. Given that you’re canceling your cable, there is no package deal for this anymore and you can “Cut. It. Out.”
So now that we have actually decided that cable and home phone are for those people who like companies to hook up a vacuum to their wallets and suck every last dollar out in return for paid announcements, let’s look at the real cost of your cable “package.”.
Internet/Cable/Home Phone Bundle Deal = $100 a month for 12 months. $120 a month after that. Let’s also add 15% for “taxes and charges” to land us at an even $115 a month.
Internet Just = $45 a month after taxes and charges… forever.
Savings = $70 a month.
So you can cut the cable and home phone today to save yourself $70 a month! Now, you may be believing “whoop-dee-doo, $70 freakin’ dollars, who cares?” However it’s $70 a month cost savings. Monthly. Permanently. That’s $840 a year cost savings by cutting out hundreds of channels you don’t require (we will not even enter into the time suck that cable is). That puts you in a nice interior cabin of an extremely nice cruise liner that’s setting cruise for the sunny Bahamas about this time next year. Can you hear the ship’s horn biding goodbye to all the broke people who are stuck in their houses enjoy reruns of “MASH”?
So be brave today. Reclaim your life and your money and state “sayonara sucker” to the cable company. Tell them to reclaim their “package” of junk and have them hand you back your package of cash. And the best part; you will not regret it for a minute. There are A LOT EASIER methods to enjoy your preferred programs and movies, and they will not affect your budget in the slightest. And while you are delighting in a life devoid of the grips of your local cable company, rest easy during the night knowing you are going on a bright Bahaman cruise less than a year from now …