Post # 1
I’m thinking of getting rid of cable. It costs us $80/mo for basic cable, plus some HD, DVR and extra channels in ONE room only. We have 2 TVs (game room, living room) and we almost never use the one in the living room bc it’s just basic TV and I don’t even know what the channels are, I’m not even sure there’s a guide.
Anyway, has anyone does this? What have you done to watch your fave shows? We have Netflix streaming, but that only shows past stuff and now their own network. How good is Hulu plus? Does it have all the shows you would want to watch?
I know how to hook my computer up to the TV, so we would be able to watch anything I can get on my laptop like we would watch TV and I think it would save us so much money in the long run.
Any advice is appreciated!
Post # 3
We started with netflix. Watched that for about two years, but then ran out of programming we liked. After that, we borrowed HBO go from my parents and Hulu plus from fi’s sister. Right now, we have Amazon Prime. It doesn’t have a ton of free programs we’d like to watch, but we use the two day shipping and other services enough now to make up for it.
I suggest doing 2 tv alternatives at a time (like netflix and hulu plus)
Post # 4
Netflix and Hulu Plus, it’s so much cheaper than cable
Post # 5
Depending on the shows you watch, many are available for free on the network’s site. Usually the most popular shows, and some have a delay of one day-one week. FI and I use a slingbox that is set up at his parents house. They have an extra cable box, so we can watch it without interfering with their cable.
We looked into Hulu plus a few years ago, and I think that is probably the best option if you watch shows that aren’t on the network site.
Post # 6
Netflix. Plus we watch movies on Vudu or the Playstation store. =]
Post # 7
We have bunny ears on both TVs for regular free TV. We use Netflix and Amazon Prime for our “movie time”
We had Hulu, hulu is fine but it has lots of commercials. They were just too much for my husband and I. Having to watch 3 commercials in the middle of South Park or something? We bought Netflix so we wouldn’t need to worry about commercials, so why should we tolerate Hulu doing it?
Post # 8
We have an antennae, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. I’m happy with all of them.
Post # 9
We have Netflix and Hulu plus (about $17/month for both) and we have a Roku player (google it, it’s amazing, $40 to buy). We don’t miss cable at all!
Post # 10
Netflix and Hulu. Honestly, the most annoying thing about not having cable was when my internet company would call. “Hello, we’re running some new bundle promotions. Who provides your cable at the moment?” “No one, I don’t have cable.” Oh, well if you bundle your cable with your internet-” “I don’t have a TV.” “You don’t have a TV?” “Nope.” “Well, you could always go and buy a cheap one.” “…yea…no.”
This happened about once a month. I was constantly told to buy a phone and a TV so that I could enjoy the things I’m happy without.
Post # 11
We have Netflix, Hulu Plus (which for us has everything we want to watch except Mad Men), Amazon Prime, and we borrow his parent’s HBO Go account (they don’t use it at all). The trick for us is that we don’t have all account active at any one point in time – right now the shows we watch most on Hulu are on break, so we put that account on vacation mode so we don’t get billed for it.
The only thing I’d say we really miss is sports. My fiance has some sort of thingy that lets him watch most baseball games, but I’m not totally sure what we’re going to do once football season starts. Of course, if neither of you are sports fans, this won’t be an issue at all :).
Post # 12
This is a GREAT idea! We recently did the exact same thing… we were paying around $200/month for cable and internet, and it wasn’t great to begin with.
We kept the intenet and have Hulu and Netflix. With most new dvd or bluray players, you should have the option to stream wireless internet. Netflix is great for more recent shows and movies. Hulu is pretty great for tv shows and it has the entire Criterion movie collection (600+ movies) for the movie buffs. Only downside is it has short commercials.
Overall though, it was a great move to get rid of the cable. I thought we would really miss it and I have certain shows I watched religiously. About a month later, we don’t even miss it, and we spend more time together, less time sitting on the couch watching reruns of Seinfeld and Family Guy.
Post # 13
@futuremrsk18: We don’t have cable (so no SYTTD or 4 weddings, so sad), we have netflix and just use regular hulu. We had a free trial for hulu plus for a while but found we didn’t really need the added services, netflix and regular hulu were plenty. We also borrow HBO Go from my parents but we don’t really use that often. I’d vote to do the free trial of netflix and hulu and see what you use. We also have an antenna so we pick up the basic channels, that helps.
There is a hulu plus add on my screen right now, way to go cookies.
Post # 14
I use netflix. I personally don’t watch tv enough to buy cable.
Post # 15
We have cable but we also have US Netflix. If there’s a show we want to watch that we don’t have on tv or Netflix, we stream it on sites like Series Cravings.
Post # 16
I’ve never had TV. But that’s because I really, really dislike watching shows and movies (it’s never been my thing)…however, there was a time in my life when I spent a good ten months grieving, and all I did was watch shows and movies on Netflix. I really liked what netflix had to offer back then. I don’t know anything about what its like now.