Well anyway, we had 100 or so channels on the tv out of the 200+ that were offered. Long story short, I hated the system of it all and prices kept going up. So when we decided to get rid of our cable provider and have been very happy we did over these past five plus years. What do we do now, well, we are back on track and actually things are going pretty well, but we still won’t go back to cable lol. We use an antenna and Roku for our TV watching, we have subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and we use a very fast wireless broadband service called Clear for our Internet access. We save almost 700 bucks a year, and our Internet access is faster and more consistent than it ever was with cable.
This article is mainly about the antenna though, so let me tell you about ours. By law all local TV stations have to transmit their crystal clear digital signal over air. Now, whether you can get that or not depends on how far you are from them, how strong the signal is, and what obstructions are around your house. We get 16 channels at our house, WITHOUT an outside antenna. We get ABC 1 and 2, NBC 1 and 2, CBS 1 and 2, FOX 1 and 2, CW 1 and 2, Ion, Ion life, Qubo, and two PBS stations. We also get MeTV which is like TV Land. Oh yes, we also get a few shopping channels that we blocked out, lol. OK, well, they all are crystal clear and free over the air! The antenna we are using is called GE Amplify for Advanced HDTV. It is long and flat cost us just under 30 dollars. We tried a few different antennas, both cheaper and more expensive, and this worked the best, we returned the others.
We could just use the antenna and Internet service and I would be fine, lol, but like I said we do pay for Netflix and Hulu, and we already had Amazon Prime for delivery which also gives us the instant videos as well. I do not count that as part of what we pay out for TV because we would pay for it anyway for the free two day shipping. Plus we get everything else free that Roku offers. The biggest cost is our Internet of course, but it is still a bit cheaper than our cable internet was, and more importantly it is better. Like I said, we had to cut back during the recession and save about $700 a year by “cutting the cord”.
We saved other ways as well, but that will be another post. What I will say is if you can, do not give up your computer and Internet, it can help you find a job, you can make money online, find ideas on how to save, can find do it yourself instructions so you do not have to hire people, you can sell stuff, you can use it for communicating with loved ones and get rid of extra phones, and more. There are so, so many reasons to keep the internet during a hard times.
Again I am so happy to not be using the scamming cable system,- the internet, netflix, hulu and the channels we get over air which is all major stations is enough entertainment for us.