Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!
Our ROKU GIVEAWAY’s randomly selected winner is Nicole Vosburgh whose money saving tip was to research and plan before you buy anything. Congratulations to Nicole and thanks to all participants for great tips!
After you finish your apartment search, pay the movers, and start unpacking, gosh knows you’ll be looking to kick back on the couch and R-E-L-A-X. In the old days (i.e. 3 years ago) relaxing meant cable. Without it, you often couldn’t get basic channel reception and Hulu was still a dream. These days, however, you have some choices that can lead to a whopping pile of saved cash and optimum convenience, depending on your preferences. After all, your monthly cable TV bill can be upwards of $75+ depending on your city and service provider!
We have done a bit of research about alternative ways to get your TV and here are some popular choices:
The Roku: This streaming player received top billing from CNET back in August of last year and promises excellent connectivity to Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and beyond. Retailing from $49.99 for the Roku LT (perfect for video watchers) to $99.99 for the Roku 2 XS (best for gamers), it’s a onetime fee that will lead to numerous happy hours of video watching. It is also a breeze to install and is only a little bigger than a hockey puck, so it does not clutter your TV stand. I happen to have Roku myself and subscribe to both Hulu Plus and Netflix on the side. As a result, I spend about $20 a month for my subscription services instead of cable. Plus, I can watch the majority of shows whenever I want – which I love. Definitely the best quick and easy solution! (Amazon Prime’s $79 annual subscription subscription also gives you access to tons of free content plus, if you are a frequent Amazon shopper, included free 2-day shipping.)Find our Roku Giveaway details below!
Apple TV: Apple TV is a nice alternative to the Roku for true apple fanboys(and girls) willing to pay the $99 purchase price. By turning your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a remote, it lets you steam Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo videos while enjoying your music and photos from iCloud. So, whatever you have playing on your device can then be streamed to your TV – which means that audiophiles with sweet sound systems can rejoice. While the Roku is cheaper, Apple TV offers a smoother interface. Whispers on the interwebs also point to TV being Apple’s future domain, but new products likely won’t be available for purchase for some time.
** If you’re still debating between the above, check out this CNET article from August of 2011.
Your Computer (Or iPad): You heard us – if you’re looking for the absolute cheapest alternative to cable, watch TV on your computer. You can use most TV channels’ websites and regular Hulu has access to most shows. Should you LOVE a cable show (a la MadMen), you can download it from Amazon as needed. Should you prefer this option, consider buying a slightly nicer monitor, if possible, as an investment.
If you’re still debating – enter our Giveaway for a Roku LT**. All you need to do to participate is to 1.) like us on Facebook and 2.) let us know in the comments what’s been your best money saving idea. We’ll pick one winner next Sunday, March 25th randomly.
** We did not receive compensation for this review. We did receive free product from Roku for our giveaway.