How We Avoid Cable And Watch Free TV Online
When you sign up to an online streaming service, check what it needs you to have. Streaming in HD requires more bandwidth so will slow down the connection, causing buffering. We cut the cord five years ago and it has forced us to be creative, which has been amazing! And now back to my initial question, which is ar least tangentially related to Mr. See the Been charged for unwanted Amazon Prime? In addition, our library recently purchased access to a service called hoopla, which allows patrons to stream and download for a limited borrowing period movies and audiobooks from anywhere.
Your email address will not be published. It was still cheaper than paying for all of that babysitting. MSE news story for more info. You are now leaving Pornhub. Gutenberg also has audiobooks. If you wait long enough, I bet nascar will eventually have an online offering like mlb. If there's a specific TV series you're after, it's worth checking whether it's available on the service you're signing up to - must-watch shows such as Breaking Bad and Sherlock are often included in free trials, but some are only available on certain services.
No joke, YouTube has saved us s of dollars in appliance replacement. So many things around the house have little parts that can wear out, and youtube always has a guide to replacing them. Our library system allows us to reserve any movie that is available through any library in our state and will mail the item to our local library for free! Thus as long as you are not desperate to watch the TV show as soon as it comes out there is no need to miss anything, including stuff on HBO. DVDs look great upscaled.
Though she does like a good This Old House from time to time. We get excellent reception over the air with a homemade HD TV antenna my husband made. We also have a blu-ray player that has several apps including Amazon Prime and Netflix. I love how many different ways folks are getting streaming content into their TV. I had no idea DVD players could have that option available. We cut the cord five years ago and it has forced us to be creative, which has been amazing!
There are so many awesome blogs and podcasts to enjoy. We have Netflix and a digital antenna. We cut cable out of our lives this year or was it late last year? We cancelled our cable, although we still seem to be getting the basic networks. Kind of like the PBS of Japan! Despite the unusual name, it actually looks pretty neat! And our library has a copy of their first season.
I love Mantracker so very, very much. The hiking through unknown terrain, the thrill of the chase! Chromcast is a great cheaper alternative to Roku.
It also is integrated with apps like Pandora, YouTube, and Netflix, which means you can cast right from the app on your phone. Yeah, chromecasts are pretty neat too. We have never had cable. We get on-air programming through an antenna on our roof. As sports fans it is getting harder, as more and more events leave network and move to cable.
But now our boys are grown and do have cable and are very generous about inviting us over for big events. So your concerns about moving are valid. If you are fortunate enough to have it where you move, it is likely to be slower and more expensive than in the city.
Less internet options is usually the case, though there are parts of vermont that have community built fiber. Just a shout out for the library! They have basically every season of any popular show ever made. You must live in a large city. I was in there today looking for presidential biographies and only found TWO. Yeah…about k but the library is a member of a regional association which contains about 40 or so libraries so you can reserve from any one of them and they will deliver it to your home library free of charge.
Yes, pirating is bad! We bought our bedroom tv from a guy at work. At the time, I thought he was upgrading to a smart tv but I later heard him say he just wanted something newer and thinner!? I am still confused by this. It was a cheapo model at the time, ordered online. Like you said, YouTube has a ton of programming. We do have Netflix and a digital antenna, and with those options we get to watch tons of shows.
I ditched cable back in college when I would have started paying for it myself. Plus, I kind of prefer podcasts. It deserved the accolades and attention. Same here…never had cable tv and probably never will. I also think I need to extend the antenna closer to the window for optimal signal.
Yeah, try moving the antenna closer to the window. Sometimes buildings have a lot of metal in the walls which can make the broadcast signal not so great. My husband and I cut off our cable years ago … lost count. We have a roku. I have to look into that. I like Ted talks. We also have Amazon prime but it is worth it to us for the free shipping — we live in a small town and shop often on Amazon perhaps not as frugally as you, but we adopted a vegan lifestyle so some of our ingredients for cooking are difficult to find in a small town and you know everything is available on Amazon!
I watch an hour of tv per day. This bothers me to no end, but most people are so used to it they are numb. I can hardly pay attention in a room with a tv on, it takes serious concentration.
But thanks for this super helpful rundown! Another great option for watching TV shows is the library. I second the library! The library had 5 or 6 DVDs. My hubby and I dropped decided not to get cable even before we were married. We had loads of debt and my hubby was unemployed at the time. Not to mention, for us, there are about 5 stations worth watching lol! We are considering prime as we can benefit from the shipping as well as the movies.
If you can really use the shipping, then prime can be a good deal. I could imagine that cutting out some trips to town could become very valuable. Most of what I watched was on free regular over-the-air channels anyway, so cutting cable was no biggie. MHZ has lots mysteries and comedies from other countries, including a drop dead funny French farce about Afghanistan.
I find much of what is on the boob tube to be insulting to my intelligence and not worth anything to anyone except the advertisers and producers. For movies, I either watch online content or DVDS that I buy at yard sales and thrifts stores for about a buck each or less. I recycle the plastic cases. The rest are donated after watching the first time.
Thanks for the suggestion! I love how many good suggestions are coming out of the comments. With cable there are just way to many garbage channels to wade through…. I set up an antenna in the attic and ran the cable through the wall right to the same outlet that the cable went through so it will be easy in the future to switch back in the event we move or rent out our home….
If I got an entire theater to myself… that might be another story. T also discovered this little gadget that can record live tv olympics, primarily, as well as some of the award shows we like to watch on fast-forward to the computer similar to a DVR that we can watch later: FW we switched to the roku. Just Rabbit Ears for us. There is too much drama with all the reality shows… why would anyone want to pay for that?
I do like some shows on Discovery or History channel, but those are all available at the library on DVD. I try to limit my YouTube viewing, because I could get caught up for hours watching, which is a waste of time, like you mentioned….
Another great site is TopDocumentaryFilms. They have a lot of free documentaries and some for pay. I just go for the free. Again, it can be easy to watch too much though when it is free. The rabbit ears work fine for us. We get the prime time shows, news, parades, SuperBowl. We get and like some sitcom reruns, but only the ones that really make us laugh. We have gone a few times without TV, during a couple of moves. Totally agreed on the reality tv. Thanks for the reccomendation for TopDocumentaryFilms.
I do love documentaries! I have a flatmate so we spit the costs. You have to pay to have bunny ears? Does the BBC still have commercials and sponsors? Or is it 24 hours a day of solid programming? The other channels do have ad breaks every 15 mins or so. Neat that you can do on demand for free though. I just have Netflix and do use YouTube occasionally, but even that may disappear soon.
Top Gear was one of the very few shows I loved to indulge in. Found your blog last week via the Boston Globe. It is fantastic — thank you for so many great ideas! Something unrelated caught my eye in these posts: I absolutely love the color of your walls! Would you mind sharing the paint name? I wish we knew, the walls were this grey when we moved in. We are sports fans, but the sports we like are Baseball and Lacrosse. For baseball, we listen to the radio broadcasts on the computer.
It was a bit of an adjustment from watching them, but now we prefer it. During the Olympics, we were able to stream events from Canadian Broadcasting.
We have Amazon Prime for movies and other shows, but the library is also a great resource for these. Too much else going on in our lives right now. There is something nice about listening to a baseball radio broadcast.
We watch ALL the sports. We suspend our Dish package between March madness and the French Open to save a couple months of cash and switch over to the Roku and antenna during that time.
And a good idea to suspend the service in the off season. I wanted to add that we live in a rural area and do just fine with DSL internet. When we first moved here it was a little slow, but we got together with 2 neighbors and began a lobbying campaign with our provider to increase speeds. We took turns calling every week to complain and beg them to extend the high speed service.
It only took about six weeks and now we have speeds plenty fast enough to stream TV. We cut the cable when we downsized from large house to apartment.
When we traveled several months in a pop-up camper we took the Philips and a Sprint 4G data plan and a mobile hotspot. I guess your 4g was unlimited? Pretty cool that you managed to use streaming all across the continent! He finally agreed right before I went on maternity with baby 2. Which seemed like bad timing. Our only internet option is cable internet, which totally sucks. Because they raise the price constantly.
This is some very good info, especially considering I watch very little TV. Yep, I was going to suggest looking into porting your number to an online phone service or a cell phone if you want to keep it.
I, too, am a huge Roku fan! As someone else mentioned, Crackle is a great channel for tv shows and movies. So much great content for free. Fortunately, my antenna picks up a lot of channels. We still have cable and we are testing ROKU to see if we live without cable.
Now my wife can watch Project runway if we cut the cord. Cool, I definitely give crackle a try. The only time I had cable was when it was included in my rent.
I wonder if major competitions ever stream live from their websites? Most competitions are only aired on special sports channels, and take place all over the world. A lot of parents seem to rely on television as a babysitter.
Having ad-free kids does seem like it would help with the consumer pressures. I am in the process of scoping out internet providers. I telework once a week and I will need reliable internet service. Any suggestions on reliable internet service providers?
Depends on where in the country you are. I have never personally paid a cable tv bill in my life. Almost everyone has a friend or a family member that has a cable subscription. If the companies wanted to discourage it, they could limit you to a single stream at a time.
Oh my aching head!! Way too tech-y for me. I still struggle with the remote. Thankfully, my machinist husband is a whiz at these things. But, alas, he is not willing to forgo cable at this time. Good thoughts on the homesteading part though. When I moved to Vermont ten years ago, he still had those rabbit ears on the TV.
I admire your brain and lifestyle, Mr. Dad gave it up when we moved in together about We survive on Netflix and Amazon Prime. We really do love our Roku though! The prime video is an awesome bonus if you can make use of the shipping. It makes this librarian happy to hear so many people touting the library as a great source of DVDs!
Not only that, many libraries will show movies if they have the space other community centers also often show films. In addition, our library recently purchased access to a service called hoopla, which allows patrons to stream and download for a limited borrowing period movies and audiobooks from anywhere.
No trip to the library and nothing to return. Ask if your library has a similar service and if not, ask them to consider purchasing it. If people at work are talking about a show and you feel left out, ask if someone would mind having you over to watch it again, offer to bring food. Thanks for being in an awesome profession! We love our library so much. The amount of resources it has for free, and the number of helpful people who work there, is astounding. We do not have cable either.
We have an aerial antenna for our local channels and we chromecast on our television from the Internet. It works well for our family and we love not having a bill for television! By the way, the column about the Lucid memory foam bed you ordered on Amazon was awesome. Thank you so much! A friend of mine has Amazon Prime and told me she can select up to four friends to receive the free 2-day shipping simple process, just confirm with email.
We timely received our beautiful new bed on the day we moved in. Thank you again for all the helpful information! And now back to my initial question, which is ar least tangentially related to Mr.
Any suugestions on obtaining the best prices for home Internet? As far as frugal internet, it really depends on what you have access to locally. If you are a heavy internet house, cable will normally be better. But light users can often get away with cheaper DSL. We watch a little PBS on a comparatively tiny computer monitor and are awaiting the next installation of the Great British Baking Show.
Too little time to get a bunch of stuff done. We actually just bought our very first TV. Then we are hosting a church group coming up, this also requires dvd-viewing capability. Then we remembered that we have no way to watch these DVDs. The DVD player has wifi, so we can watch internet stuff on it.
We do not have cable or rabbit ears, so its all internet stuff or DVDs of women giving birth, take your pick. It was still cheaper than paying for all of that babysitting.
Is it called a radio? I think I will call it a ko-ko. Netflix mostly for my spouse to watch while exercising and Youtube are the bulk of our viewing, pretty much solely via laptop. But occasionally I will use one other resource: Free DVDs of all kinds for checkout!
No cable here either. When we had cable 3 years ago , it seemed like there was nothing on so we gave it up. We have Netflix and a library that checks out DVDs. If there is something we really want to watch, we can go to our local pub and they will put it on for us. We had cable for many years, mostly because Mr. We also occasionally get a month of Netflix streaming finally convinced Mr. We can get everything we want from the library or with the occasional free Redbox coupon that comes our way.
We get season passes from Amazon. I like The Big Bang Theory, but we can watch that for free on a laptop. Heros of our information world! And sometimes there is a certain amount of peace-making in every relationship. We canceled cable last December, and quite miraculously, still get the basic 70 channels or so, in HD.
The thing I was most worried about losing when we decided to cancel cable, was live news. We lost a couple of the kid channels Disney Junior, Nick Junior, Sprout , but our daughter is very comfortable watching her shows on the iPad. As for premium channel shows, we get them — and our movies — from the library. We went cable free two years ago! We have an HD antenna and a Roku and also subscribe to Netflix. I love the Roku! It was a little bit of an investment into the HD antenna and Roku, but we made that back in 2 months with all the money we saved from cancelling cable.
Cable free is the way to be! The ROI on getting setup for streaming only is ridiculously good. A 2 month payback period is awesome! TV is one of the sticking point in our lives. We have always had cable, but as time has gone on, and not as a big TV watcher, I could live with out it. I think I would still want Netflicks or something like that, because sometimes I want a little mindlessness!.
However, hubby is Mr. He PVRs and watches at least 20 hours of TV per week it use to be closer to 40 so this is an improvement.
When I bring it up, he gets stressed. Live Schreiber and his character is my favourite type ; and Last Week Night. There are Netflick shows I enjoy but really, I could take or leave it. I thought I would die when my roommates decided to get rid of cable. Bravo on your almost free solution! Yep, I think most normal folks are intimidated by the idea but there are so many alternatives… you can still watch lots of TV and just pay way less!
In general we watch TV or movies just two or three hours weekly. Since we are not native english speakers living in not native english speaking country we have little harder situation. The youtube and such stuff is ok for music, but not for shows and series. There is the law that all customers of electric distribution company have to pay few bucks to national tv. So technically everyone is an subscriber of national tv. The movies are not interrupted by ads and you can get a lot of good quality european and american movies for free with the native language dubbing which is in very good quality with fair translation too.
There is also a weekly show of BBC Earth and similar nature related documents which are very good. I live near the signal broadcasting tower, so I run on the 50cm long coax cable connected to TV with other end just bent behind the TV.
We also have few other commercial dvb-t channels with ads during movies but we watch it very rare. When we want to watch sth. I save the dvb-t stream to the computer hdd and watch it from there skipping ads.
I was also trying to use DLNA to broadcast stuff from pc to my tv, but the DLNA servers were in such awful state mainly the problems withcodecs that I just stopped trying. Sounds like broadcast TV is a great option for you! When you are not keen on th episode of silly NCIS or another breed of meaningless reality show full of weirdos and slobs you will appreciate the national TV.
I pretty much only pull something up on the computer is either me or my toddler is sick and we need to be resting. Pretty much the same thing, right? For a while I went without internet and I can say I slept earlier, better and more soundly. And I got a TON of book reading in. I wish I could live without internet at home but it would make running a business as a single parent just too difficult. Yeah, the internet is a wonderful, yet addicting, thing. One rule we have in the house is no internet in bed.
I think it helps us wind down from the day and go to sleep faster. Maybe give it a try and see how it works for you. We have an Amazon Prime membership, and we have decided it makes financial sense for us because we do tend to need our Amazon purchases quickly so the free 2nd day shipping is what makes this a no-brainer.
So we have it and we watch the free shows available. If you wait long enough, I bet nascar will eventually have an online offering like mlb. It seems like all the sports are headed in that direction eventually. I joust Imwould have to install an antenna on my roof to,do,this but if rabbit ears work, well hooray!
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We have gone a few times without TV, during a couple of moves. Really enjoy reading about the alternatives. And sometimes there is a certain amount of peace-making in every relationship.
Hi Ken — We have the free YouTube app for the roku. Secondly, they all reference using your smart phone, but you mention a personal YouTube account on you computer? However it doesn't include new releases.
How Much Can I Borrow? When I bring it up, he gets stressed. Again, it can be easy to watch too much though when it is free. We really do love our Roku though! As for premium channel shows, we get them — and our movies — from the library. We are in a very rural area with onljne cable no biggie as we enjoy the money savings!
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