Can You Eliminate Cable Without Losing Your Favorite Television Shows?
Regardless of who your cable provider is, you’ve probably stared blankly at the bill each month wondering why you’re paying so much for cable. With so much streaming TV services available: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and others, many are left wondering: Can you really eliminate cable without losing the few cable shows that you enjoy watching?
The short answer: Yes.
The longer answer: Not so fast.
The thing you want to consider if your plan is to eliminate cable is what you use cable for? Do you mostly just surf through the channels for a rerun of How I Met Your Mother? Are you an 11 year Grey’s Anatomy fan and HAVE to tune in to the new episode each week? Are you in it for the movies? And if so, do you like old classics or new releases?
If you are a simple rerun watcher, chances are Netflix will have your show for you. At $7.99 per month, their thousands of movie titles and television series will satisfy whatever restless night you have. However, don’t go to Netflix for this week’s latest episode of Scandal. They do not update their episode lists until well after the season is over.
If you’re a new episode junkie, you’ll want to look into Hulu. Hulu provides a large amount of last night’s new episodes online the next day. So, it’s just like DVR, essentially. You can use Hulu for free, but the advertising is pretty outrageous. Even with a paid account, which you can get a plus account for 3 months free, has some relatively intrusive advertising. It’s up to the person whether this is worth it.
And then there’s Amazon Prime. If you spend most of your cable budget on ordering the latest and greatest movie to watch, then you may want to look into this option. Amazon Prime features newer release movies that you can enjoy. At $99 year (which you pay up front) it averages to $8.25 a month. The one gripe that many have about Amazon Prime is that a large amount of movies are NOT in fact free, but are available for relatively inexpensive rental or purchase. During my 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime, I ended up spending an additional $20 on rentals.
If you’re a combination television watcher, then you may want to get all three services. You’ll end up paying around $25 per month, which is significantly less than most television cable providers (if not all). But this does NOT include internet service, which is a staple of the deal as well.
So, can you eliminate your cable service? Absolutely.
Will it come with some out-of-pocket money, advertising, and a sense of disappointment when your television show or movie is not available? Yes.
For right now, cable service is still a necessary evil to combination television/movie watchers. There’s always hope for a fix, but until then, do you want to borrow my Netflix login?