Our decision to cut satellite service was an easy one. I wanted to save money. On top of money, we are still getting all of the shows that we want anyways. Some shows are not as easy to get as others, but with the internet, you can see almost all shows just a day later if that.
My husband told me about Roku. It is a little box you buy from Best Buy, or online and it works as a link between the computer and TV. I think it cost about $60 (approximately $2.50/month if you assume an upgrade in 2 years). You even get a little remote. You then subscribe to Hulu, Amazon Prime and/or Netflix streaming. $7.99 for Hulu Plus, Amazon is $79 per year ($6.58/month) and you get movies, shows and 2 day free shipping from Amazon. Netflix I haven’t signed up for yet, but will soon. With that all tallied up the approximate cost for all of this streaming is $17.07 per month. Previously we were paying just over $70 for satellite service for the same TV. We are saving over $50 per month. If we add Netflix streaming it would be $7.99 per month in addition.
I find the quality of the TV is better. There is limited commercials, maybe 30 seconds tops. The only difference between Roku and having satellite is you have to know what you are going to watch. You can’t just turn on a channel and just watch whatever is live. All of these shows are previously aired and you essentially pick what you want to watch. The only other thing is you never watch anything live. So watch out for spoilers.
Is saving $600 per year worth waiting a day to watch your favorite programs? What does $600 buy or pay for? It pays for 1 entire month of mortgage payment on one of our properties. Or it would pay for 5 full gas tanks worth of gas. Or 3-4 nights stay at a fairly good hotel. A lot of nice clothes. 20 meals out with your significant other. Pretty tempting, eh? Why not do some research on streaming and give up the bill!