Cable is Ridiculous
What’s the number of channels do you have with your premium cable plan? Do you even know? Do you know what’s airing on channel 766 at 8 pm on Thursday? You ought to. You’re spending for all that goodies on the QVC channel that you never watch and for the whole channel dedicated to infomercials that gives more TELEVISION time to Chuck Norris to hock the “total gym” than he ever saw with Walker: Texas Ranger. You are spending for hundreds of channels you will never watch playing crappy programs that no one should ever lay eyes on.
Introducing: The web.
Invented by Al Gore at some point in the 90’s (joking), the web has actually grown exponentially. They have actually even put TELEVISION programs and movies on somebody else’s servers so you can stream them to your computer. Not only that, but a number of your favorite programs can be viewed TOTALLY FREE utilizing the program’s network site or by merely looking it up on HULU.com. If you desire a more superior service, Netflix, and HULU Plus both off a paid-for service that enables you to watch entire seasons of your favorite programs and a bunch of movies from the benefit of your home computer (still MORE AFFORDABLE than cable). Heck, they have actually even built in those applications into TELEVISION’s, digital media receivers, and even computer game consoles like the Xbox and Nintendo Wii.
Here’s how we do it.
We have actually internet only through the regional cable/telecom company for $45 a month (after taxes/fees). We used to get a slightly better offer, but we needed to call every 6 months to attempt and get it reduced because our “offer” went out. I got ill of it, so I went with a cheaper strategy, but it’s still fast enough to permit us to stream our favorite shows/movies. We downloaded HULU Desktop (not an affiliate link) and developed a fast account to track our favorite programs. THIS IS ENTIRELY RELEASE! We then “subscribed” to our favorite programs and ones that looked intriguing.
Now, we go to our “queue” when we open the application, and it informs us the number of “unwatched” programs we have readily available to watch. Reveals normally arrive about a week after their LIVE air date, so we kind of know when to anticipate a program to come up. There is no rush and no have to be home with the TELEVISION on at a certain time to watch the program. We likewise don’t need to stress over recording it, because it’s taped and prepared for playback whenever we desire. They do normally get rid of programs after the season is over, so we try to watch within a week or 2 for the program turning up in our queue. We have actually followed programs by doing this for 4 years now, and we don’t miss cable one bit!
For movies, we have a couple of alternatives. Today we’re on a Netflix complimentary trial for a month because it likewise featured a $50 discount coupon to restaurants.com. SWEET RATING FOR DATE NIGHT! We can watch movies included on there, but let’s be truthful; their streaming selecting is not excellent. Their DVD service still uses the better titles, so you can go that path if you select. Probably, we’ll cancel the service. The other choice is your regional Redbox motion picture station. There are over 33,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide, so I make sure there’s one near your home. They have a much better title selection for movies than Netflix, and for those who don’t watch a ton of movies, it’s a cheaper choice. It’s something like $1.29 for a DVD rental for one night. The last choice we don’t use any longer (because I cannot get my complimentary subscription any longer) is the Xbox market. The Xbox market had a great selection of movies, and we viewed movies on that for a year. It does need a $5 a month subscription to Xbox LIVE and you still need to rent the motion picture, so not the cheapest choice, but still CHEAPER THAN CABLE.
You truly do NOT have any reason to have a home phone these days, unless you are running a small company with an 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 web and should look after all of your telephone requires in your home and away. The only reason individuals normally get a home phone is that the silly cable companies decide you require one as part of their “package”. Why? I truly don’t get it, but the only description I can develop is that they wish to designate you a contact number that they can offer to every spammer on earth who only appears to call you during supper just when you are about to bite into a juicy cut of meat! Do they only work between the hours of 5-7pm? Seriously?! However truly, cut the cable (actually) and ditch the home phone service. Considering that you’re canceling your cable, there is no package for this any longer and you can “Cut. It. Out.”
So now that we have actually decided that cable and home phone are for those individuals who like companies to attach a vacuum to their wallets and suck every last dollar out in return for infomercials, let’s look at the genuine cost of your cable “package.”.
Internet/Cable/Home Phone Package Offer = $100 a month for 12 months. $120 a month after that. Let’s likewise 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. Forever. That’s $840 a year cost savings by eliminating 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 ship that’s setting cruise for the bright Bahamas about this time next year. Can you hear the ship’s horn biding goodbye to all the broke individuals who are stuck in their homes watch reruns of “MASH”?
So be brave today. Reclaim your life and your loan and say “sayonara sucker” to the cable company. Inform them to reclaim their “package” of scrap and have them hand you back your package of cash. And the best part; you will not regret it for a minute. There are MUCH easier ways to watch your favorite programs and movies, and they will not impact your budget in the tiniest. And while you are delighting in a life devoid of the grips of your regional cable company, rest simple in the evening knowing you are going on a bright Bahaman cruise less than a year from now …