For many, watching TV shows and movies online is becoming increasingly popular and common. Although I haven’t cut my cable cord completely, there are simply many channels or shows that I will never watch. But, because of the way pricing and economics works, we all end up supporting these networks anyway. To be able to just pick a handful of networks and not pay for the rest of them is not currently possible. But, if you take the radical approach, and cut cable completely, there are many viable options, many cheaper, or even free, that will ensure you are still able to watch current shows.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance featured eight services that provide tv shows and movies online in their October issue. Except for Blockbuster on Demand, I have used all of them, and they are all pretty great. The free options, such as Hulu, come pre-loaded with ads, so if you don’t mind those, that’s definitely the go-to site for current shows. My personal favorite right now is Amazon Prime. Not only do you get streaming movies and television shows, but also free two-day shipping on prime-eligible products–all for $79/year. Shipping, especially for holiday shopping, can easily add up.
Watching tv shows and movies online exclusively doesn’t mean you will miss out on local channels. One can buy an HD antenna for over-the-airwaves programming, which can provide just as good, if not better, viewing.