Ways To Watch TV Without Paying An Arm And A Leg For Cable Or Satellite. By Peter Anderson 201 Comments – The content of this website often contains affiliate links and virtual dedicated server I may be compensated if you buy through those links (at no cost to you!). Learn more about how we make money. Last edited January 13, 2020 . Television Can Be Expensive (It Doesn’t Have To Be) O ne way that my wife and I have saved money over the years is that while most of our friends have cable or satellite TV, we’ve never paid subscription costs to receive TV programming.
We like to watch TV free. That means that we are saving ourselves a good chunk of money every year. If you’re in debt, you probably shouldn’t be paying for TV either! Rates for cable in our area range anywhere from around $12/month for the basic package with only local channels to well over $100/month for upgraded offerings with premium channels and shows. We probably would have ended up going for a middle of the road package, somewhere between $50-60/month.
How much have we saved every year by not paying subscription costs for our TV entertainment? Probably between $600-720 ! That’s a lot of money! The good news is, TV doesn’t have to be that expensive! In fact, TV can be cheap or free! While we haven’t paid for cable TV, we haven’t exactly been deprived, or had to watch only the shows offered by the over the air networks. There are tons of free video options out there! In fact, we actually still watch a lot of the same shows that our friends do.
How do we do it you ask? Through a combination of free over-the-air digital TV, free online video services (the legal kind), a video streaming software, super low-cost internet service, and virtual dedicated server a Xbox. Our Low Cost Home TV Setup. Here’s how we watch TV at our house. Keep in mind that this package isn’t free, but it is lower in cost than the above mentioned $720/year package. Things we needed: TV : A TV to watch your shows on! – Cost: Free (you probably already have one) PlayOn Media Streaming Software : The PlayOn software allows you to stream online video from popular services like Hulu.com, Netflix, Amazon Video, the big networks and a myriad of others straight to your TV through a networked media device (see below).
They also have a feature if you pay for the “Plus” version of the software that allows recording of series of shows, and automatic skipping of commercials. They even allow you to record your favorite Netflix or Amazon shows so you can take them with you on the go (with no need for internet).