Cable is Absurd
What’s the number of channels do you have with your premium cable plan? Do you even understand? Do you understand exactly what’s airing on channel 766 at 8 pm on Friday? You should. You’re spending for all that goodies on the QVC channel that you never ever view and for the whole channel devoted to infomercials that gives more TV time to Chuck Norris to hock the “total gym fitness products” than he ever saw with Walker: Texas Ranger. You are spending for numerous channels you will never view playing lousy programs that no one ought to ever lay eyes on.
Introducing: The web.
Created by Al Gore sometime in the 90’s (joking), the web has grown greatly. They have actually even put TV programs and motion pictures on somebody else’s servers so you can stream them to your computer. Not just that, but much of your favorite programs can be seen TOTALLY FREE using the show’s network site or by just looking it up on HULU.com. If you desire a more exceptional service, Netflix, and HULU Plus both off a paid-for service that permits you to view whole seasons of your favorite programs and a lot of motion pictures from the benefit of your personal computer (still MORE AFFORDABLE than cable). Heck, they have actually even built in those applications into TV’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 just through the regional cable/telecom company for $45 a month (after taxes/fees). We used to obtain a somewhat much better deal, but we needed to call every six months to attempt and get it decreased since our “deal” went out. I got sick of it, so I chose a less expensive plan, but it’s still fast sufficient to permit us to stream our favorite shows/movies. We downloaded HULU Desktop (not an affiliate link) and created a fast account to keep track of our favorite programs. THIS IS TOTALLY RELEASE! We then “subscribed” to our favorite programs and ones that looked interesting.
Now, we go to our “queue” when we open the application, and it informs us the number of “unwatched” programs we have offered to view. Reveals normally arrive about a week after their LIVE air date, so we kind of understand when to expect a show to come up. There is no rush and no have to be home with the TV on at a particular time to view the show. We also do not have to worry about taping it, since it’s recorded and all set for playback whenever we desire. They do typically get rid of programs after the season is over, so we aim to view within a week or two for the show turning up in our line. We have actually followed programs by doing this for 4 years now, and we do not miss out on cable one bit!
For motion pictures, we have a number of options. Today we’re on a Netflix free trial for a month since it also featured a $50 coupon to restaurants.com. SWEET SCORE FOR DATE NIGHT! We can view motion pictures featured on there, but let’s be truthful; their streaming selecting is not excellent. Their DVD service still offers the much better titles, so you can go that path if you choose. Most likely, we’ll cancel the service. The other alternative is your regional Redbox film 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 motion pictures than Netflix, and for those who do not view a ton of motion pictures, it’s a less expensive alternative. It’s something like $1.29 for a DVD leasing for one night. The last alternative we do not use any longer (since I can’t get my free membership any longer) is the Xbox marketplace. The Xbox marketplace had a great selection of motion pictures, and we viewed motion pictures on that for a year. It does need a $5 a month membership to Xbox LIVE and you still have to rent the film, so not the most affordable alternative, 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. Mobile phone do not have long-distance costs, can access the web and should take care of all your telephone needs in your home and away. The only factor people typically get a home phone is that the foolish cable companies decide you require one as part of their “bundle”. Why? I really do not get it, but the only description I can create is that they wish to designate you a phone number that they can sell to every spammer in the world who just seems to call you throughout dinner just when you are about to bite into a juicy cut of meat! Do they just work in between the hours of 5-7pm? Seriously?! However really, cut the cable (actually) and ditch the home phone service. Since you’re canceling your cable, there is no package deal 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 people who like companies to connect 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 “bundle.”.
Internet/Cable/Home Phone Package Deal = $100 a month for 12 months. $120 a month after that. Let’s also tack on 15% for “taxes and costs” to land us at an even $115 a month.
Internet Just = $45 a month after taxes and costs… permanently.
Cost 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 savings. Each month. Forever. That’s $840 a year savings by eliminating numerous channels you do not require (we won’t even get into the time suck that cable is). That puts you in a great interior cabin of an extremely great cruise ship that’s setting sail for the warm 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 view reruns of “MASH”?
So be brave today. Reclaim your life and your loan and say “sayonara sucker” to the cable company. Inform them to take back their “bundle” of scrap and have them hand you back your bundle of cash. And the best part; you won’t regret it for a minute. There are MUCH easier methods to view your favorite programs and motion pictures, and they won’t impact your budget plan in the tiniest. And while you are delighting in a life devoid of the grips of your regional cable company, rest simple at night knowing you are going on a bright Bahaman cruise less than a year from now …