Life Without Cable TV
I recently moved states and in the whole process of trying to save a few bucks I have opted out of Cable TV service. I should let everyone know that yes I am a TV junky. I watch probably a good 3+ hours of TV every day. I enjoy watching my local news and a whole slew of TV shows. Many of the shows I watch are on cable to channels only like the series Monk and Burn Notice.
It has been over a month since I moved and to be 100% honest, I don’t miss having cable. I thought I really would but I don’t even want cable TV any more. Yes I still watch all my TV shows but only I now do it online. Hey I said nothing about ditching High speed internet service.
Now many of you who are things of ditching cable to save a few bucks a month really should check online. Almost every TV show on the planet is free to watch online direct from the maker on their website. Other places like Hulu and Fancast also Cut The Cord allow a legal TV watching experience. The nice thing is you don’t download any of these shows. You just stream them. This way you are not taking up any computer space. Some TV shows are not shown the same day they are on the TV. In fact most don’t place them on the website till about 24 hours after the TV show first aired and they tend to keep them there only for a few months before pulling them down. TV shows like House for instance are not available till 8 days after the first showing on TV. However this is a free station anyways so if you have TV still and a converter box you can still watch it live when it first airs.
There are many advantages to watching online. My favorite is you can pause the show and come back. You also get to watch the show whenever you want to watch it. It’s kind of like having Tivo only without the cost. Those who still want entertainment but not the TV cable bill now can.
There are some requirements when it comes to streaming movies and TV shows online. The first is you need to make sure you have a good While DSL will work it should not be under 1.5 Mbps. Even at 1.5 Mbps you will most likely notice your system begin a little choppy. To play the TV shows in HD you should consider a speed no less than 6 Mbps. This is the speed I use and have zero issues. If you have an older computer you may want to try and increase your computers RAM. This is the cheapest and in my opinion the best way to speed up your computer. This will also help you enjoy a rich TV viewing experience.
For those who want to still watch TV on their TV and not your computer LCD you can. The process is a little more complicated but there are many sites out there to help you in that area.
Final word of caution to everyone out there. Nothing worth having is free. Stay away from torrent sites and do not download TV shows and Movie’s illegally. This will only cause you grave headaches down the road. There really is no point in doing this when you can already watch hundreds of TV shows and movies online direct from the makers of these movies and on ad sponsored sites like Hulu and Fancast.
I recently moved states and in the whole process of trying to save a few bucks I have opted out of Cable TV service. I should let everyone know that yes I am a TV junky. I watch probably a good 3+ hours of TV every day. I enjoy watching my local news and a…