5 Alternatives to Cable Television

Posted: 08/21/13 3:00 PM (Modified: 08/21/13 9:23 PM)

Just about two years ago, I decided we could have cable. We have never had cable in our house, we have used Netflix and other services but just never took the plunge and ordered cable. I did it. I ordered it AND I regretted it UNBELIEVABLY. Since then, I have called the cable provider and have switched to a service which only gives us the basic channels at a low cost and that is simply so I know when a tornado is coming...seriously.

For the kids, I use different services entirely. I've been spending a little extra time researching cable alternatives and decided to write this just in case anyone else was thinking about cutting the cord too.

{5 Alternatives to Cable}

1. Netflix: Perhaps the more popular alternative, Netflix offers streaming movies and TV shows for only $8 per month. You can watch it on your portable devices or in our case, we watch it on the Wii. If you would like to have access to the newest movies, you can pay a small fee and subscribe to the DVD service as well.

2. HuluPlus: Similar to Netflix in that you can watch it on your iPad, laptop or gaming console like your Wii and it is only $7.99 per month. I found HuluPlus was geared more towards TV shows and most of them I personally do not watch. We're 90% kids TV in our house so I really have no idea what is happening outside of my Power Rangers bubble. If you are into TV show though, then HuluPlus just might be your thing.

3. Apple TV: Apple TV runs $99 for the equipment and then, you pay to 'rent' or watch the movies and shows of your choice. You will have access to thousands of movies and TV shows from iTunes which is awesome, the bummer is the renting part. Personally, I like just paying a flat fee for things so I don't have to calculate how much I've spent on movies and shows and hope it doesn't break my budget. In saying that, people swear by Apple TV so you might want to check it out. You can also stream your Netflix account through Apple TV which is another cool feature.

4. Redbox Instant: Sign up for one month free trial and you can stream movies and television shows anywhere you'd like plus, you'll enjoy 4 DVD credits. After the trial, this is only $8 a month and you can cancel at anytime. This is a new program so I have not tried it out but it looks great! 

5. Amazon Prime: Sold on this one. I have a Prime Membership (which by the way, I think is the best money you'll ever spend) and therefore, I do get over 40,000 movies and TV programs free. It is very similar to Netflix, I stream it onto our TV through our Wii and it works wonderfully. I am now current on all of my Downton Abbey episodes! Right now, you can get 30 days completely free if you want to try it out and if you don't like it, simply cancel with no hassle at all. 

At this point, between basic TV channels and Amazon, I'm good to go. I totally plan on cutting Netflix because Amazon is enough for us. Try them out though, most have free trials so you can see what is best. 

Oct 8, 2013 11:52 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Great tips. I use Roku and many of their channels including private channels help me save money by ditching cable TV. The suggestions here http://thecreativealternative.com/alternatives-to-cable/ save me more than $1,000 per year.

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