(this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)
One of the most foolish monthly expenses that I can see most of America doing is purchasing cable TV.
Cable TV costs many, many people well over $100/month. And they pay it month after month after month.
I’m not deprived either.
Even though I haven’t purchased cable TV for years, I still get excited when I get to stay in a hotel room. Why? Cable TV will be there. Yay me.
Then I turn on the cable TV and I start the never ending click-click-click trying to find a decent TV show.
Ooooh. They have HBO! Oh darned. Crappy movie. Neat. Good movie. Oops. Already started. Oh well.
Off to the History Channel. All WWII all the time. Nope. Duck Dynasty or some nonsense like that on the History Channel. That isn’t even history.
I have sat and literally WASTED 2 hours clicking endlessly to try to find something to watch.
There has to be a better way.
There is – it is call the internet. You can watch pretty much anything you want, any time you want, when you want, on the device you want. Why in the world would you EVER pay for bad TV? It doesn’t make sense.
If you were willing to pay, something like $20/month, you could watch more movies, TV shows, and even a couple on-demand shows anytime you want. I’m not counting the internet costs, because not having the internet is really not something I’ll discuss in one of my books. I LOVE being connected. I’m only counting costs of TV.
I personally use Amazon Prime for most of our shows. This costs about $100 per year. But you get other things with prime, so I could argue (tenuously) that the Prime video comes free.
If you COUNT the Prime membership, then I’ve only spent about $10/month on a service in which you can get piles and piles of TV shows and movies.
If you want new releases, you can rent them from dozens and dozens of services. Even ABC.com and the other big networks provide the ability to watch their content for free off of their sites. Of course you get advertising but it is reduced.
If you’ll commit to getting internet based TV instead of cable, you’ll save a pile of money AND watch TV 100% at your convenience and leisure. It is a huge improvement. The next chapter is a pseudo-reprint of an article I wrote and published on RV52.com and on youtube which goes through how I connect everything.
Confession: There is one thing I cannot do that I badly want to do. As of this writing the Big 10 Network (btn.com) does not allow me to purchase BTN.com 2Go directly from the web. I would have to buy cable TV to get it. That shows you how UNFAIR the contracts are with the cable companies. It actually PICKS the pocket of the Big 10 Network. Why? Because I would gladly pay $20 to watch my dearly beloved Cornhuskers live off of the web. But BTN.com would NEVER see even 1/100th of that $20 per-person from the cable companies. I think they would make much, much more money without the cable tv deals. Can’t prove it though. But I’m still not buying cable TV.