How we watch TV without cable (and how much it costs)

How we watch TV without cable (and how much it costs)

One of the main reasons Kim and I decided to move from our condo to this quiet country cottage was to save money. We were spending far too much living in the city.

Simply moving made a huge difference to our budget. But now that the dust has settled, it's time for us to look at other aspects of our spending to see where we can save. As part of that, I've been reviewing our recurring expenses to see what I can cut. Yesterday, I canceled our subscription to The New York Times (savings: $5/week or $260/year). Today, I'm reviewing how much we spend on TV and movies.

Cutting the Cord

Apple TVIt seems hard to believe, but it was ten years ago that I first “cut the cord”. Since then, I've used the Apple TV device to access most of my video entertainment.

In March 2007, my then-wife and I canceled our expensive TV package and moved to just basic cable. Our monthly bill dropped from $65.82 to $11.30. We supplemented our viewing with Hulu (free at the time), Netflix, and by purchasing shows from the iTunes store.

I've been cable-free for a decade now. I haven't missed cable even once. Some folks are amazed when they hear I don't have cable. “How do you manage?” they ask. Yet I am amazed that more people haven't made the leap to a cable-free lifestyle. It's easy.

One of the biggest objections I hear is, “What about live sports?” People pay big bucks just so they can have ESPN. Honestly, there are plenty of ways to watch live sports without cable. Sling, for instance, offers a package with ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3. Plus, Kim and I have found that if we really want to watch a game, we'll just head to a local sports bar where we can join the crowd over a burger and a beer.

In 2007, I calculated that Kris and I were spending $27.90 each month to watch television. If we added in our Netflix subscription, that total rose to $44.89. Not bad.

Reviewing our current expenses, however, I see that Kim and I currently spend $83 per month in subscription fees — plus whatever we spend to buy individual movies and TV shows on iTunes. Holy cats! How did that happen? We've experienced a bit of lifestyle inflation in the TV department.

Let's review the different services we use — and how much we pay for them. Maybe there's a way we can save some money.

iTunes (A La Carte Pricing)

By far, our biggest source of video entertainment is iTunes. I'm heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. Since 12 October 2005, when video content became available on the iTunes store, I have purchased 611 movies (about one per week) and 107 TV shows. (It's tough to determine exactly how many seasons or episodes that represents, though.)

With iTunes, you don't pay a subscription fee. Instead, you purchase movies and TV shows “a la carte”. If you want something, you buy it and it's your forever (at least in theory). Personally, I prefer this model, but I know I'm in the minority.

To avoid overspending, I have two rules for iTunes purchases.

  • First of all, I try not to buy anything unless I think I'll rewatch it. That means I mostly use iTunes to buy movies or classic television shows that I've already watched many times. (I bought all three seasons of the original Star Trek, for instance. I watch those episodes over and over and over again. What can I say? I'm a nerd!)
  • Second, I rarely pay full price (which is between $15 and $20 for a movie, and up to $35 for a TV season). I'll pay full price for something like the most recent season of Game of Thrones or maybe the latest Star Wars movie. Only if I love something am I going to pay top dollar. (Another exception: If I've waited years and never seen a price drop. Disney movies never go on sale, so I paid twenty bucks so that my nephew could watch Frozen whenever he's here.)

In order to keep my iTunes costs down, I watch the weekly sales. Every Tuesday, Apple lists certain movies at a discount. This week, for instance, they have select “Spy Stories” on sale at “under $10”.

iTunes: Spy Stories

There are 32 of spy movies listed this week. Some weeks the sale only lists ten movies. It varies. If a film is under ten bucks and I want to watch it, I'll consider purchasing it — but only if the price is less than twice the rental price.

For example, this week the 2011 version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is on sale for $9.99. If the rental price were $4.99 or higher, I might buy it. But the rental price is $3.99, so I won't consider it.

The best deals on iTunes come on weekends. Each Friday, Apple places one film on sale for $4.99, which is roughly the price of a rental. These films are often related to something timely. Right now, for example, they're likely to place Christmas films on sale. Around Valentine's Day, they'll put a romance on sale for $4.99.

Here are two final tips, one of which is a bit morbid.

  • Whenever a big-name actor or director dies, Apple has a sale on their body of work. Strange (and maybe a bit sad) but true. If Steven Spielberg were to die next week, for instance, Apple would have a huge sale on all of his films. When Stanley Kubrick died, they offered some crazy bundle of all his movies for cheap. I bought it.
  • Lastly, I make use of the iTunes wish list. Whenever I find a movie I really really want that's too expensive (over ten bucks, basically), I add it to the list. Every few weeks, I check the list for price drops.

Kim and I mainly use iTunes for movies. We do buy TV shows — we're watching The Orville on iTunes right now — but that's not as common. Why not? Because most of the time there's no reason to keep TV shows in our permanent library. Are we ever going to rewatch The Voice? No. For this reason, we tend to use other apps for our television viewing.

iTunes: The Orville

Hot tip: If you liked Star Trek: The Next Generation, you may like The Orville. It deliberately mimics the ST:TNG vibe in tons of ways, both obvious and subtle. But it's hilarious. (Here's a short trailer for the show.) Even though it's not an official Star Trek show in any way, I'd classify it as my third-favorite Star Trek series. (I haven't seen the new official Star Trek series because I refuse to pay for the CBS streaming service. No way!)

Netflix ($11 Per Month)

Our second-largest source of video content is Netflix. Kim and I have a “two screens at a time” plan for $10.99 per month. (The price just went up by a buck last week.)

For a long time, I didn't watch much Netflix. Honestly, I think their movie selection sucks. They have a decent TV lineup, but it lags behind Hulu (see below) and doesn't include things like Game of Thrones or Big Bang Theory. I thought I was going to cancel Netflix until they started producing original content.

Netflix

And that's where Netflix has really begun to shine. The original shows on Netflix are, quite frankly, outstanding. Left to her own devices, Kim would watch almost exclusively Netflix. (She's a huge fan of Chelsea Handler.) Right now, Netflix has so many great original series that I can't even keep up with them.

I don't get $10.99 worth of entertainment from Netflix each month but Kim does.

Hulu ($12 Per Month with No Ads)

I've been using Hulu for almost ten years now.

The main virtue of Hulu is catching current programs. Kim and I watch The Voice on Hulu, for instance, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She uses it to watch This Is Us. Whenever Kim hears about a current show that sounds interesting, she checks Hulu first.

Hulu also has a decent selection of older shows, which is something that appeals to me. For some reason, I get great comfort from watching programs like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Adam 12. Over the course of 2017, Kim and I worked our way through all 180 episodes of Seinfeld.

Hulu

The primary problem with Hulu is that its selection is even worse than Netflix. The movies are woefully outdated. (They used to own the streaming rights for The Criterion Collection, but not anymore.) Its library of classic TV shows is good but spotty.

Luckily, Hulu has begun creating its own original programming too, including the award-winning The Handmaid's Tale, which I have not yet seen.

Amazon Prime Video (Part of Amazon Prime)

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, then Amazon Prime Video is included in the service.

Like Netflix and Hulu, it offers a variety of television shows and movies — plus original content, some of which has received excellent reviews. (Last year's Manchester by the Sea was nominated for Best Picture!) Amazon Prime Video also offers paid add-on subscriptions to services like HBO and Showtime.

Amazon Prime Video

Honestly, Kim and I haven't used Amazon Prime Video much. I watched season three of Survivor on Prime a couple of years ago because it was the only service that offered it, but that's the only thing I can remember watching. Why don't we use it? Because there's no Apple TV app. Until today.

Seriously: The Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV came out today, and I'm downloading it as I write this very sentence.

There. Amazon Prime Video has been installed on my Apple TV. This opens a whole new world of video programming for me and Kim to discover. I've been wanting to watch several of these shows, including The Last Tycoon, Mozart in the Jungle, and — especially — The Man in the High Castle.

Time will tell if Amazon Prime Video supplants any of our other services.

Sling ($45 Per Month)

For folks who crave real television channels but still want to cut the cord, Sling is a terrific option. With packages starting at $20 per month, you're able to customize the service to access the channels you're most interested in. And you can access those channels on almost any device. (I have Sling set up on all of our computers, all of our portable devices, and on the Apple TV.)

Sling offers two primary bundles: the orange bundle ($20/month) and the blue bundle ($25/month). While there's some overlap between these two bundles, each offers some unique channels. The orange bundle, for instance, carries ESPN and the blue bundle does not. But the blue bundle has Fox Sports channels while the orange bundle does not. If you subscribe to both bundles, you get a $5 discount so that your monthly total is $40.

Sling TV

On top of this, you can totally customize your subscription by adding various “packages”, such as the Spanish TV package or the news package or the comedy package.

Since summer, we've subscribe to the combined orange and blue bundles plus the Hollywood package (which includes Turner Classic Movies). That's a total of $45 per month.

How much Sling do we actually watch? Very little. We certainly do not need the orange bundle, which I subscribed to because I thought I'd watch ESPN. (Turns out that in much the same way that MTV rarely shows music videos, ESPN rarely shows actual sporting events. It's all chat shows and endless repeats of SportsCenter.)

Kim and I both agree that we can axe Sling completely without missing anything.

HBO Now ($15 Per Month)

HBO Now is the online version of HBO. We've only been subscribed for about a year. We've paid maybe $180 into it — but we have not received $180 worth of value. In fact, we hardly ever watch it. So why do we have it? One reason: Game of Thrones.

HBO Now

Until the most recent season, Game of Thrones was delayed by an entire year before being released to iTunes. Impatient man that I am — and wanting to play by the rules (no BitTorrent) — I thought we should sign up for HBO Now when it became available on Apple TV.

“We can watch the other shows too,” I told Kim. She likes Girls and True Blood and Entourage. I also thought we'd take advantage of HBO's movie library. But you know what? We didn't do those things. We've maybe watched two things on HBO Now in twelve months. That's a colossal waste of money. (Think of all the beer I could have bought with $180!)

Besides, if I'm seeing things right, it looks as if some HBO shows are included with Amazon Prime Video. Rock on!

The Bottom Line

Let's put all of this together. As a summary, here's what we're paying for individual services:

  • iTunes: no subscription fee — pay per show
  • Netflix: $11 per month
  • Hulu: $12 per month
  • Amazon Prime Video: cost is built into our Amazon Prime subscription
  • Sling: $45 per month
  • HBO Now: $15 per month

We're paying a total of $83 per month (or roughly $1000 per year) in subscription fees. Plus our Amazon Prime membership. Plus whatever it costs for individual purchases from iTunes.

That's too much.

Fortunately, we can easily trim $60 per month by getting rid of Sling and HBO Now, two services we barely use. That'd save us $720 every year. I'm comfortable keeping Netflix and Hulu. We use both pretty often, so that $23 per month is acceptable.

So, there you have it. It's perfectly possible to watch all the TV you want without cable. But if your goal is to save money by doing so, you have to be careful. If you're not, you can end up paying as much (or more!) than you were before you cut the cord.

There's nothing wrong with paying for TV — if you use what you're paying for. But if you're not getting value for your money (as in our case with Sling and HBO Now), then it's in your best interest to cancel services and put that cash to work someplace else.

Footnote
Based on this post, you might think I watch a lot of TV. I don't. I watch maybe an episode while I eat dinner with Kim on the week nights, then maybe one movie each Saturday and Sunday. Kim watches tons more than I do.

But don't get the idea that I think I'm more virtuous for watching less television. I still waste my time, but I'm much more likely to waste it playing videogames. (As some of you already know, my game of choice is Hearthstone. But I'm also a fan of the Nintendo Switch, especially retro games like Mario Brothers.)

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Kristin
Kristin
2 years ago
Reply to  J.D. Roth

Oh, crap, this does not bode well. I need to cancel my Times subscription, too. I just don’t have time to read it. Perhaps I should watch less TV?

Jen G
Jen G
2 years ago
Reply to  J.D. Roth

We also cut the cable cord in 2007 and haven’t looked back. Honestly, I’m keeping my NY Times and Wa Post subscriptions. It’s a matter of helping democracy survive right now. Good journalism is important and those who can pay for it should be willing to. (That sounded really judge-y, I know, and I love your writing J.D., but that’s how I feel).

Mike in NH
Mike in NH
2 years ago
Reply to  J.D. Roth

I recently sold my place and was able to cancel what remained of my Comcast account (internet). Not gonna lie, it was probably the most cathartic experience of my bill paying adult life.

Kristin
Kristin
2 years ago

We recently cut the satellite TV – DirecTV, when our bill got to be $137.++ per month! For no more channels, and a lot we didn’t watch. So we switched to PlayStation vue. We have one of the bigger packages, which is $64.99/month. We also have Netflix ($11) and Amazon Prime (watch Poldark!) The only things we are missing now that we had before are MSG (Madison Square Garden) and NHL Network. Can you tell that we like hockey and one of us is a Rangers fan? We do get NHL CenterIce ($129.00/season) and MLB Season Ticket, or whatever they… Read more »

Jason@WinningPersonalFinance
2 years ago

Nice roundup of the streaming services J.D.! I recently posted about how I tried to cut the cord and failed!

You did not mention the cost of internet service in this roundup. My cable/internet are tied together in a package. I got my cable & internet bill down to $91 after tax. When comparing the internet only prices plus some of the streaming services you mentioned we realized that the cable (after some negotiation) was actually a better deal. It gives us all the content we want and a DVR. Sometimes when everybody zigs, it pays to zag.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago
Reply to  J.D. Roth

I will say sometimes it ends up being more though. For instance, I have internet only for about 50 a month and use a basic antenna. Every month I get pestered about how I could save by going to a 90 dollar tv and internet package. But guess what 50<90. I think the sling is overpriced because if you watch nfl you will have one game on nfl network Thursday night and one on ESPN Monday night football. That is the only reason I really would want upgraded service to make sure I have the game and if you are… Read more »

Sam
Sam
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael

If you have Amazon prime you can stream the Thursday night game.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam

wow, really thanks didn’t know this. Granted my team isn’t doing well enough for me to care about this season but good to know.

Kate
Kate
2 years ago

I think you need to factor in the cost you pay for internet to access those shows. We cut cable 8 years ago and haven’t looked back, but we also spend nothing on subscriptions. Our major cost is $60-70 per month in just internet access. That should also play in your calculations of what your media costs, because without internet you wouldn’t be able to subscribe to that $23 worth of media services. Make sense?

Michael Martin
Michael Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  Kate

I agree with JD above. I will have internet regardless of cable channels or streaming services. I still like to use the internet to read these BLOGs and news. so for that it is a mute point.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Martin

I think you should calculate it though in because not including stuff you don’t get on cable(HBO, movie, Netflix, etc..) you are paying more. So if a package is 90 gives you two channels that you get from sling or some other subscription then you do need to factor in the cost. It depends on the package but, if you are getting separate internet it generally will cost more. So if internet by itself + channels you can get through cable package> cable+internet you are losing. Even though in either case you are always having internet. For me I don’t… Read more »

brian @ singledadmoney
brian @ singledadmoney
2 years ago

Congrats on canceling the Sling and HBO Now. I too was cable free (for about 20 years), until about 3 months ago when I went to upgrade my internet speed with Verizon. I talked myself into adding basic cable (getting cable and high speed internet for about $4 more than I was paying for slow internet) to get me through Hockey season. I gotta tell you, there’s not much Hockey being watched. There’s a sh!t-ton of Velocity (car shows) and HGTV being watched though. Coincidentally, I have not opened a book in about 3 months. It’s time to cancel and… Read more »

Fiby
Fiby
2 years ago

There’s one glaring omission from your list. Free over the air TV! Of course it has ads, but you can record and skip

Bill in NC
Bill in NC
2 years ago
Reply to  Fiby

Yep, picked up another Tivo Roamio OTA w/ lifetime service at their last Black Friday sale for $199.

They ran out of the older (75 hours) units, so offered me the current (150 hours) one for the same price.

Jason
Jason
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill in NC

I was going to say this too! I did the same deal as Bill, and it is how I watch football. Skip all the ads and watch it when I want to and not when its live.

davidagalvan
davidagalvan
2 years ago
Reply to  Fiby

This. An OTA DVR (with lifetime guide service so there is no recurring fee) basically replaces Hulu. I use the Channelmaster DVR+. Got it on a black friday deal a few years ago for $175 for the 16GB standalone model (including lifetime guide data). (That’s usually $250). Hooked up an external hard drive I already had, and connected it to the OTA antenna I have in my attic (which was $35). Sending the OTA signal to multiple TVs in my house required an amplifier, which was ~$20. You may or may not need one depending on the OTA broadcast signal… Read more »

Honey Smith
Honey Smith
2 years ago

I do hbo one or two months out of the year, usually after a whole season of GoT or whatever is out. Binge watch then cancel!

You would LOVE Westworld.

JB
JB
2 years ago
Reply to  Honey Smith

This is what I do. Just before Game of Thrones comes out, sign up for it, then cancel when its over. In between, watch anything else that looks good. Westworld was outstanding; Cant wait for Season 2!

davidagalvan
davidagalvan
2 years ago
Reply to  Honey Smith

Same here. Wait until GoT starts and has less than 2 months until season finale, then pay $15/month for two months. Then cancel until next year.

(At least, that’s the plan. We usually end up hanging on for another month to try other shows. This year we watched Westworld. It was intriguing at first but then got tiresome. Not for us.)

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
2 years ago

We cut cable a few years ago and haven’t missed it one bit. We just signed up for a one month free trial of Netflix to finish a show that we started at someone’s house, but canceled it before the first payment was due. We found that we were just watching way too much TV – even though it was just for 30 days!

Jason
Jason
2 years ago

I have a very similar set up (Apple ecosystem, Netflix, Hulu, etc.) and I have a suggestion on how you could save a little bit more. There is an option to subscribe to Netflix and Hulu through iTunes billing, meaning whatever credit card you have attached to your Apple account gets charged the monthly subscription costs. But, if you have an iTunes gift card balance on your account, it will use those funds first to pay for iTunes movies and TV shows and any subscriptions you have. Throughout the year you can find discounts on iTunes gift cards (usually 15%… Read more »

mike
mike
2 years ago

Can’t say enough for Youtube Red. $10/mo.

Accidental FIRE
Accidental FIRE
2 years ago

I cut cable about five years ago and my happiness went up fast, as did my VTSAX. All I need is Amazon Prime and an over-the-air antennae.

Plus there are so many amateur filmmakers making really quality outdoor oriented adventure films, I have virtually endless content to watch on YouTube and Vimeo that interests me way more than anything Hollywood does. And there are some great sites that poke through all of it and curate the best, so you don’t have to waste time on the bad stuff.

ISR
ISR
2 years ago

My cable bill was insanely high and I barely watched anything so I cut it and I’m just using Netflix, Acorn and Amazon Prime. They offer great shows and I have barely time to watch them all. And their movie selections all together aren’t too bad. Movies that don’t stream on my programs I get from the library or Redbox. Occasionally I buy a movie or TV show if I really want to see it but can’t get. I never looked back, very happy with what I have right now and it keeps me from channel surfing and watching crap… Read more »

MoBee
MoBee
2 years ago

Check out kanopystreaming . com. With most library cards* you can access a really amazing collection of films, documentaries, and shows (8 a month for free).

*also a great source of many media

CEL
CEL
1 year ago
Reply to  MoBee

I was going to comment on library resources. I spent a full year utilizing only free library resources, and really enjoyed it. Didn’t know about kanopystreaming . com – thanks for sharing!

Jeannie
Jeannie
2 years ago

I’ve cut the cord for over 4 years now. Don’t miss it at all, I got a Netflix subscription that we sometimes watch, but overall I just don’t watch TV much. I do like going to the movies though, so that’s the spending I need to watch out for.

lisa
lisa
2 years ago

We have Netflix ($18/mth with dvd mailings). Son pays for Amazon Prime ($50/yr student discount) which includes Amazon Video. I do miss cable but I get so many magazines by mail (for free using mileage rewards) that I spend a lot of time reading. Our internet is $40/mth.

Lady Dividend
Lady Dividend
2 years ago

It’s always good to look critically at your expenses now and then and year end is a perfect time.

My partner and I pay zero in monthly costs for cable. His contribution to screen time is buying used PlayStation games for us to play together and mine is to place interesting tv shoes and movies on hold at our library.

When I’m in a conversation where people are talking about tv shows, they are usually very intrigued and have many questions as to how I haven’t had cable in 10 years!

Nathan Michael
Nathan Michael
2 years ago

My wife and I cut out TV when our DirecTV subscription went to $165 per month after the 2 year offer expired. We cancelled 3 years ago and havent looked back. I bought an Amazon Basics Over the Air antenna which picks up the 4 major networks plus PBS and a couple of other free channels. We subscribe to Netflix and have Amazon Prime. Last year when my internet package was up for renewal, Comcast offered me ‘basic cable’ (literally 12 channels with no HD) but it came with HBO free for 24 months for $2 more a month than… Read more »

Jason
Jason
2 years ago

Hey J.D. How is the library in your area? Our one and only subscription used to be Netflix; however, after burning through a majority of the movies we wanted, we’ve cancelled that as well. We’ve found the library as our SOLE media entertainment platform, and it’s all free 🙂 1) Many have a great system that connects all the libraries in a county. We simply go online and request whichever movie and they’ll send it to your closest library, put your name on it, and have it ready to go by the checkout counter. How’s that for service? 2) They… Read more »

cofrog
cofrog
2 years ago
Reply to  Jason

I was going to suggest the library as well. They carry Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Downton Abbey and countless new movies. Often we’re a season behind, but who cares?
Our library does hold lists, but also holds a few copies out for anyone to grab.

Mary
Mary
2 years ago

I’m facing similar issues with trying to “cut the cord.” We have Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and DirecTVNow ($35/mo). I wouldn’t have gotten DirecTVNow if it wasn’t the hubby wanted to watch his football americano. BUT, now that we have it, it’s kinda nice alternative. We didn’t go to cable because we wanted Bloomberg, and RCN only offered it on their premium package. Because we can stream Bloomberg via app on Apple TV for free, I guess we could go back to cable because it’s about the same price as DirecTVNow anyway… : /

Ron Pereira
Ron Pereira
2 years ago

We have Frontier (formerly Verizon FiOS) for TV, phone, and Internet. It’s an old legacy package so I have tons of channels we never use. As such, I was about to cancel the whole thing and to get a cheaper Charter/Spectrum Internet package and then link up with Hulu Live and Netflix and Magic Jack for home phone. So I called Frontier and after a PAINFUL (yes, their customer service is as bad as you’ve heard) hour on their chat service the guy I was dealing with reduced the price by almost $50 bring the total price down to $122+tax.… Read more »

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

I have cable and internet for $60/month. That’s local TV and just HBO. It cost about the same as just internet so I really couldn’t pass it up.

I’d be happy with internet and OTA local stations, but I can’t get signal at my place.

We get most of our entertainment from the library. I voted to fund it so I’m taking advantage of our great system. Do you have a library nearby?

Bonnie
Bonnie
2 years ago

Haven’t had cable in many years and currently have just free over-the-air regular/network TV (we watch a LOT of PBS and MeTV/Antenna TV!) and Netflix (including the disc option plus streaming; having the disc option allows us to get HBO shows, documentaries, etc. that aren’t available on the streaming site) for about $17 and change per month. I know my husband would love to have the sports channels (and so would I!), and I’d love to have HBO and a few other things, but we currently have debt, so that’s just not going to happen. Once our financial situation improves,… Read more »

Dale
Dale
2 years ago

Investing in a good OTA antenna will pay for itself many times over. After I cut the cord a few years ago I bought flimsy OTA antennas that sat behind the TVs. Reception was iffy at best. After six months of frustration I decided to pay a guy to install a good antenna that’s about the size of a satellite dish on the corner of my house. Reception is now flawless. And since it runs through the house’s cable wiring, all TVs run off this one antenna and get a perfect picture. I think it cost $200 for the antenna… Read more »

Sheila
Sheila
2 years ago

We dropped Amazon Prime not long ago, but still have Netflix, Hulu and just picked up Acorn, which we love (British mysteries are the best!). We have an antenna for local channels. Tried to do that in Seattle when we lived in an apartment, but every time a truck would roll down the street (which was frequently), the picture would break up. Thinking about giving up Netflix because we watch Hulu and Acorn more. I read the Handmaid’s Tale quite a while ago, and it affected me so much that I have no desire to see the show.

Christine
Christine
2 years ago

We have zero subscriptions for music or video. We just watch free broadcast TV and anything else we buy on Bluray when it goes on sale. There are no bonus points for being the first person to watch a show – catch it when they are trying to clear the stock.

Colleen
Colleen
2 years ago

Don’t forget about free trials for different services. They’re usually a week, sometimes a month. I’ve done it through my Roku and through the services themselves so I’ve doubled the trial times. I’ve tried Showtime, Starz, CBS All Access, Sling, Acorn, etc. I was able to get caught up on Homeland, Outlander, The Good Fight, American Gods, etc. I really hated Sling but the others all had good content and I won’t hesitate to sign up again when I want to catch another season (and then stop again). Also, the Roku has a PBS channel and I imagine other devices… Read more »

Bernard
Bernard
2 years ago

Bound by contracts, we still pay $142.00 for DirecTV (with NO premium channels!) per month. It gives us access to several hundred channels, of which we watch perhaps a handful total. Bundled with it is AT&T Internet, now only $40 instead of $50, and it’s slow as a snail. We also have Amazon Prime, since we own part of the company and love everything about it, for $10 per month, Netflix CDs for $10.99, plus Netflix streaming for $12.99. If I add all of this up just to watch TV, and enter the data into a compound interest calculator, I… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Sony crackle! Check it out! It’s free, yes it has commercials but they’re not very long and they have decent content, I’ve been binging on walker texas ranger

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