You already know I don’t have anything but the bare bones cable needed for my internet, but that doesn’t mean we go without some entertainment. Here are a few cheaper alternatives to cable for you. I’ve got the pros and cons listed so hopefully you can narrow it down to what works for you.
For the Movie Buff
We currently have the in-store version of this pass, but I used to have this version as well. You can currently grab your first two months at 50% off to see if it works for you.
- Get new releases faster.
- Conveniently get your movies mailed to you directly.
- Switch out your movies or games in the store.
- You need to rent more than 6 movies or 2 games to really take advantage of the monthly fee.
- Television shows are sent per disk, so you if it’s a set each disk is a rental.
- No streaming with this package.
I keep the Netflix streaming package active at $7.99 + tax. They have a kid’s only section which we set up on my daughter’s Wii.
- Streaming videos you can run on multiple devices.
- Simultaneous viewing on separate devices (I watch on my laptop, hubby on his PS3 and little one on her Wii)
- Low monthly fee
- Television and movies available
- New releases aren’t always current, usually takes a month or two before real new releases are available.
- You might suffer from sitcom or tv series overload. (I’m guilty)
For the TV Series Fanatic
Every now and then I’ll activate Hulu Plus to catch up on shows that I’ve missed. This runs at the same price as Netflix, $7.99/month. They currently have a two week trial, you should at least take advantage of you missed any season premiers.
- New episodes updated 24 hours after it appears.
- Instant streaming
- Tons of networks
- Great price
- Not for new release movies.
- Older seasons of television shows aren’t always available.
- No filter for children.
- Once you’re caught up with the t.v. shows not much left, but you can always put your membership on hold til the next season.
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