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When looking at my monthly bills, I was appalled to realize my 2nd highest bill (behind rent) was our cable tv - it was a bundle package, so I was repeatedly told it would save me $$ to get my DSL Internet, cable & landline phone all in one package....but this package costs about $140/month. We simply can't live without tv and Internet, I always reasoned. We use the Internet all the time for the kids education and my CM time! We are always watching programs on cable channels like the History Channel, Science Channel, etc. so for the longest time I rationalized the outrageous cost. But NO MORE! I've finally found a cheaper alternative. 

One time Cost

Roku Box - from $49up

Converter Box -  (about) $40

Monthly Fees

DSL Internet - $19

Netflix - $8.99

Hulu+ -$7.99

total = ~$35

so for those us you not in the know. You can get a digital converter box for about $40, this enables you to watch free tv programming on basic local channels (like ABC, NBC, etc), the Roku is a box that enables you to use online streaming through things like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HULU+, etc....so for a one time fee of about $100 to get the equipment, and monthly fees that will save me about $100/month, we can still watch most of our favorite shows,movies, news programs, etc. 

cons:

With the streaming, you no longer have the ease of your favorite channels or time guides. You instead have to search out each individual show through the different interfaces. Shows from cable channels like HBO & Showtime are not always included in your monthly package but can cost additional fees. (But since we didn't have those channels to start with I didn't factor that into our decision). Also, if you live far from major cities, you'd also probably need to factor in the cost of an antennae to view the basic local channels, but these cost less than $10. Also, in some areas, bad weather can interrupt the basic programming signals. Lastly, there is a delay in the programming - so you won't necessarily see the newest episodes for a few days after they aired on cable channels. 

Pros:

The monthly savings can add up quick, and with some of the fancier Roku boxes, it acts as a sort of Wii system, so it can even include games for the kids. Since it is a streaming interface, you can watch movies downloaded on your computer, like those from YouTube, or your digital camera. And you can get apps for music channels like Pandora. Also, you arent restricted to whichever re-run the channel has scheduled. youcan choose to watch any episode from any previous season at any time youd like. if you were already an Amazon Prime member, then you get even more free programs availabe as well. So once you get used to the different programming, it gets easier.

the point of all this? There are creative ways to cut back on even those bills you deem 'essentials'. If you have an essential gym membership, perhaps you can offer to work in the daycare a couple of days a week to decrease your fee. If you live in an apartment, maybe you could offer to be the one in charge of building maintenance, etc. get creative!

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Albert Einstein -- 
   "Everybody is a Genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid." 

by on Mar. 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM
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KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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Yes, basically with a Roku, you download apps, much like on a kindle or iPad. So you just get the DVR app (if you don't have a box DVR) 

Quoting RyansMom001:

 Wow.  Thanks for the advice.  Can you use DVR's with streaming?  It doesn't sound like it because there's no guide


KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Oopsie, I mistyped, my brain is getting old! I knew I was paying about $19/month for them all combined and needed to break it down...DOH! Lol

Quoting victoriaherring:

We've done this too. It has saved us a ton! Why does Hulu cost you $19.99? It only costs us $8.


KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Yeah, DH wasn't keen until he realized he there was an app for Sports alone, and he could stream ALL the steelers games..lol...he also wanted assurance he could see his fav shows like Sons of Anarchy

Quoting lucsch:

I tried to get my dh to drop cable altogether. We ended up with directv because he does not want to give up his sports. I could totally just do phone, internet and Netflix and be totally happy with that. We love Netflix (use our Wii).


KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Yes it must be your DSL. I've not had it be blocky, though Amazon did cut once. My other recommendation is you can plug your Roku directly into your wireless modem,which will give you a more consistent signal, using an Ethernet cable. It won't help your iPad, but it will help the Roku streaming. 

Quoting Boobah:

We have never had cable, but we just cancelled our Netflix. We got amazon prime at a discount, then realized it doesn't work on our tv, so now we have to get a roku. Though I tried watching amazon prime on my iPad and it was so blocky and cut out so often I quit. Lol. I think my Internet is too slow for streaming. Though it streamed Netflix fine, I hear that is a common problem.


mem82
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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We are talking about turning off cable for the summer. We have had it off before and didn't mind. I don't want to go all winter without it.
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KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Yeah, right now, we are doing 2 months free - which comes with the Roku. Which I like because I want to take my time deciding. You pay monthly for Amazon Prime? I didn't know they offered a payment option, I've always paid for the year upfront, but would prefer a monthly payment. 

Pas for educational programming, the Netflix is great for documentaries, the Amazon is great as well. But I LOVE the Roku has apps for NASA TV, TED Science, MIT courseware, NOVA, etc. 

for myself, the only TV I watch is Investigation Discovery - I just love it. And Hulu has almost none of those programs, but between Netflix and Amazon I get enough... And I'm cheap...lol.. 

Quoting hipmomto3:

I agree. Hulu+ is $7.99. We actually don't like it: almost nothing educational. From that perspective, Netflix is better.

We used to do Roku. But now we mainly use our PS3 to stream Netflix & Amazon.

We pay $8/mo for Netflix and $7/mo for Amazon prime (which includes free shipping for a year). We were paying $80 for satellite. Crazy!


Quoting victoriaherring:

We've done this too. It has saved us a ton! Why does Hulu cost you $19.99? It only costs us $8.


RyansMom001
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Thank you!  I'll have to check into this.

Quoting KickButtMama:

Yes, basically with a Roku, you download apps, much like on a kindle or iPad. So you just get the DVR app (if you don't have a box DVR) 

Quoting RyansMom001:

 Wow.  Thanks for the advice.  Can you use DVR's with streaming?  It doesn't sound like it because there's no guide



victoriaherring
by Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM
I like Hulu because all the shows I watched weekly on cable are up to date on there, but not on Netflix. So Hulu is good for the tv shows while Netflix has a better movie selection.

Oh and redbox is also coming out with a streaming service. I'm going to try them too with the one month trial. Their subscription will offer 4 free rentals from the box too so that'll be a good way to see newer movies.


Quoting hipmomto3:

I agree. Hulu+ is $7.99. We actually don't like it: almost nothing educational. From that perspective, Netflix is better.



We used to do Roku. But now we mainly use our PS3 to stream Netflix & Amazon.



We pay $8/mo for Netflix and $7/mo for Amazon prime (which includes free shipping for a year). We were paying $80 for satellite. Crazy!




Quoting victoriaherring:

We've done this too. It has saved us a ton! Why does Hulu cost you $19.99? It only costs us $8.

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mamaof2n1angel
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM

we have  both house and cell lines. I want to cut the  house  phone ,but  it is in a bundle package. i have an amazin prime account and we have hulu plus too..... I am gonig to see  what we can cut more  back on  to  ease funds  abit.


I have to some how... 



KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Ooooo, I'll have 2 look into the Redbox app when it comes out. Right now we rent from Amazon when we want those newer movies but its ~$4 per movie for 24 hours....I wish there was a cheaper rental because it takes so long to get them to Netflix. ;(

Quoting victoriaherring:

I like Hulu because all the shows I watched weekly on cable are up to date on there, but not on Netflix. So Hulu is good for the tv shows while Netflix has a better movie selection.

Oh and redbox is also coming out with a streaming service. I'm going to try them too with the one month trial. Their subscription will offer 4 free rentals from the box too so that'll be a good way to see newer movies.


Quoting hipmomto3:

I agree. Hulu+ is $7.99. We actually don't like it: almost nothing educational. From that perspective, Netflix is better.



We used to do Roku. But now we mainly use our PS3 to stream Netflix & Amazon.



We pay $8/mo for Netflix and $7/mo for Amazon prime (which includes free shipping for a year). We were paying $80 for satellite. Crazy!




Quoting victoriaherring:

We've done this too. It has saved us a ton! Why does Hulu cost you $19.99? It only costs us $8.


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