Today, April 24th, is a day of remembrance for the lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. We are now 100 years from the original atrocities that took place. Over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered between 1915-1918 – approximately 75-80% of the Armenian population of the world at that time. Thankfully, the attempts by the young turks of the Ottoman Empire to eradicate the Armenians was not successful. Currently the Armenian Diaspora includes over 9 million people throughout the world.
Please take a moment now to remember those lost in the Armenian Genocide…
If you have never heard of the Armenian Genocide before, please take a few minutes to browse through my posts below which outline some facts of the event and my great grandmothers account of the atrocities, as she was a survivor. Previously, I wrote a series of posts on the topic, including the account of the genocide by my great grandmother, that you can see here:
For additional information on the Armenian Genocide check out these sites:
- The Armenian National Institute – The Armenian Genocide
- Armenian Genocide Information and Recognition
- 3 minute video by Katie Couric explaining the Armenian Genocide
Thank you for taking a moment to remember.
It has been 10 months since I wrote about my plan to cut cable and get my entertainment needs from internet sources. How’s it going? It’s going.
For 9 months I did it flawlessly. The things I missed? HBO and being able to randomly flip channels… oh and the price is right on the off chance I was still home at 10am. However, I have cable again. Did I need it? No. My 12 month promotion on my internet service expired, raising the prices by more than double. The only way to reduce the price was to sign up for a new service plan that was $4 more but included basic (VERY BASIC) cable along with my internet plan. As it was financially the best choice I went with it.
I’m still using all the resources I described, but it is nice to just watch a random show or sports game on TV sometimes. My OTA antennae would cut out half the time so I didn’t get all the basic channels consistently before.
Even with basic cable, I am still mostly watching Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix.
Also, HBO Now is out this month, so I can get HBO also. YAY #GOT
After hearing all about people cutting cable and watching tv, I decided to give it a try. In short, I love it.
If you’re trying to do the same, here are my tips.
Making the transition:
Before you go all out and cancel your cable, feel free to try the all internet route for a few weeks and see how you like it. Most of the internet services I will recommend have free trials you can use before committing.
Wait… Transition to what?
Transition to the services that will allow you to watch your shows!
My favorite services are Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, and Netflix.
Amazon Prime: My favorite choice. Not only do they have 40,000 titles available, including portions of the HBO library, but the service also let’s you get free two-day shipping on amazon orders and allows you to borrow kindle books for free. Essentially you get to watch a random collection of movies, HBO shows that are not currently in season, BBC shows, Downton Abbey, The Americans, etc. No real currently airing shows, but a good library regardless. 30-day free trial, then $99/year.
Netflix: I signed up for this purely to watch Orange is the New Black. Not kidding. Besides OITNB and House of Cards, their original series, they have a solid streaming library of existing and some currently airing shows. Also, a decent movie library. Free month trial, then $7.99 a month for streaming.
Hulu Plus: My last favorite service is Hulu Plus. The perk of this service over the others is that Hulu Plus allows you to watch current seasons of shows. Great replacement for everyday show watching. You can get the first two weeks free, then $7.99 a month. Also, the base service on Hulu.com is free; however, it will only allow you to watch 5 episodes of some shows, and only on your PC, not devices.
When you get bored… You can also install redbox instant for an occasional movie rental when the other choices don’t suffice.
Sports: if you’re primary concern are sports, you can sign up for services through each of the sports leagues (NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL) to watch live sports. Some of them have odd blackout policies. Or… You can walk to a local spots bar and watch with friends 😉
How to watch using these services?
You can generally watch programming using these services by accessing their website on your laptop, installing and using their app on your phone or tablet/iPad (App store, Android Play store), or on your Smart TV. Personally, I like the Samsung smart TV platform, but Sony and a few others have the apps as well. If you don’t own a Smart TV, you can still watch with these services on your TV. You can either connect your laptop to your TV via an HDMI cable, or you can purchase a peripheral device such as a Roku 3, an Apple TV, or the Amazon Fire TV.
Happy watching. Feel free to comment any questions or tips.