Step 1: Cut Your TV Watching Costs
What! Don't tell me to give up my (Insert your favorite TV show name here) you say! Don't worry! Remember, this series is about "Saving" money and not "giving up" the life style you want live. So, how do you "Save" on your TV costs?
If you are like 90%+ of all USA residents, you get your daily dose of television from either Cable, Satellite, Fiber-optics or DSL. But, did you know that many/most of your TV shows and TV movies are also available "Over-The-Internet"?
Over the last few years networks have been experimenting with broadcasting their shows "Over-The-Internet" to attract the 13 to 30 year old audience that has grown up watching video's on their smart phones and/or tablets (and not watching as much old-fashiTV). This "experimenting" has now turned into a "flood" as virtually every network show and movie is available "Over-The-Internet" in your web browser and/or as an "app" on your smart phone, tablet and HDTV.
People wanting to save $50 to $150 or more/month on their home TV watching have turned in their cable TV boxes and become "Cord-Cutter" and switched to watching all of their TV and movies "Over-the-Air" (OTA) and "Over-the-Internet" (OTI).
Here are the items you will need to save lots of money watching TV by becoming a "Cord-Cutter"!
1. HDTV, Smart phone or Tablet
Already got an HDTV? No? How about a smart phone (iPhone, Android or Windows model) or a tablet (iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina, Android tablet or Windows tablet). With any of these devices you can easily access almost any of of the TV or movies that you currently get from your current TV box.
2. "Internet Only" plan from your Cable, Satellite, Fiber-optics or DSL company
Most cable companies (Comcast, Cox, Charter, Time Warner, Mediacom, Bright House, etcetera) (click blue text to see price & details) provide you with 250GB to "unlimited" data downloads per month. This amount of data will provide even the most TV addicted of us with enough TV and movies over the month to make us comatose. Fiber-optic-based providers (like Google Fiber in Kansas city) are also a great choice and supply similar amounts of data per month. DSL is an "old" telephone-line-based service from your local telephone company (and resold by other companies), but because of relatively slow download speeds and low monthly data download caps (as compared to most cable internet providers), I don't recommend DSL unless your only other choice is Satellite for Internet service, which is almost prohibitively expensive, has very low data caps (1GB/month is typical) and is VERY SLOW (a few Mbit/second download speed, versus 10-50 Mbit/second for cable and even faster for Fiber-optic-based services). I recommend a cable provider or Google Fiber for the best combination of price and performance.
3. A Modem and Router (or Modem and Router with WiFi)
A modem is small s an electronic device that provides you a connection between your Cable/DSL/Satellite/Fiber-optics provider and the internet. Your provider will rent you one for around $6.00/month, but it's cheaper in the long run to buy one. For those of you that go with one of the cable companies (Comcast, Cox, Charter, Time Warner, Mediacom, Bright House) for your internet, I recommend the ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (click blue text to see price & details). If you also need wireless internet (to wirelessly connect the internet to your smart phones and tablets) I recommend the ARRIS / Motorola SURFboard Gateway SBG6580 DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless N Cable Modem (click blue text to see price & details) which combines the modem and wireless internet (WiFi) into a single device.
For an great but inexpensive indoor digital antennae, I recommend the Winegard Company FL-5000 FlatWave HDTV Indoor Digital Flat Antenna (click blue text to see price & details). For a great outdoor antennae I recommend the RCA ANT751 High Quality Durable Compact Outdoor Antenna (click blue text to see price & details). You can spend more, but these are top rated on Amazon and if you are an Amazon Prime Member (click blue text to see price & details), you get FREE 2 day shipping on many Amazon products for a full year, including the two I've recommended above.
A streaming media player is a small hockey-puck size electronic device that will give your HDTV, smart phone and tablet access to a library of TV and movie services. This device connects via either an ethernet cable or over your wifi network to your cable modem. Prices for either device are around $100. I personally have both, but most people with choose one. If you are a Amazon Prime Member (click blue text to see price & details) you get access to thousands of "free" movies as part of your membership, but you want to choose the Roku 3 Streaming Media Player to get access to those movies (the Apple TV Streaming Media Player does not currently offer a way to access Amazon movies). If you own an Apple iPhone and/or iPad's, you will likely be happier with the Apple TV Steaming Media Player as there is a number of interoperability features you won't get on the Roku.
6. Netflix subscription for $7.99/month (optional)
If you are not familiar with Netflix (click blue text to see price & details), it is an internet-based on-demand movie and TV show provider. Netflix licenses many old, first run and Netflix Only shows and provide "on demand" viewing for the incredibly low price of $7.99/month. If you watch lots of TV, have small children who you want to entertain with on-demand movies and children show, it is well worth the money. They offer 30 day free trial and you can cancel at anytime.
Step 1 Savings: $50 to $150 per month / $600 to $1800 per year
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