Monday, March 18, 2013
Money Monday: Unplugged
We all like our cable television but keeping up with our favorite shows can get expensive. On today's Money Monday 7's Lynn Martinez says there's a way to unplug from cable and still watch your favorite shows.
Christopher Robinson: "I'm a news buff. I like watching the news."
But he wanted to save more money so two years ago he ditched his cable service.
Christopher Robinson: "I did the math. First of all, living alone, paying almost $150 a month, my annual cable bill was close to $2,000.
Christopher bought a Google tv box and a keypad for about $100, then he unplugged.
Christopher Robinson: "I dropped my cable subscription and I retained my broadband internet. I learned little by little, how to stream content."
Tech specialists say more people are saying, 'no thanks' to cable and 'yes' to the internet. Streaming high-definition news, sports and entertainment with players like Apple TV or Roku.
Ivan Mladenovic: "The highest end Roku will cost you $99. With that you get 250 free public channels, free access to Voodoo, Vimeo."
And you can upgrade.
Ivan Mladenovic: "Services like Netflix Streaming or Hulu Streaming which will maybe be $30, $40, $50 a month. A lot less than paying for your actual cable bill."
Now, Christopher pays $50 a month for his broadband internet service and $10 month for Netflix.
He watches all of his favorite news channels, plus television shows and movies through the internet and saves about $1000 a year.
Christopher Robinson: "Ultimately, it enables me to do things that I otherwise wouldn't be able to do. So it's a question of priorities and I've found that cable television is not my priority."
Streaming, giving television watchers more choices for content and for their budgets.
If you're a real television fan, some people keep cable and add a streaming player to use them both in tandem.
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Budget Friendly Alternatives to Cable TV