Archive for the 'TV' Category
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.
The Lost series finale was last night. I have to say, way to take the easiest way out by telling us that both that everyone was alive on the island and that everyone is dead now and they all died at some point earlier or later. Thanks again for not answering any questions about why the island is weird… couldn’t they all have come together in a regular setting in the “regular” world to work together to go on to the afterlife/church/whatever? I can’t help but feel that the writers really never planned to wrap things up and answer questions, they just made up crazy scenarios that they felt entertained us… and then just told us everyone is dead now after their life journey and learning faith and to let go. Oh, and where they “are” there is “no now.”
This last season was pretty terrible. I’m glad it’s over, now I can focus on more entertaining shows.
Did anyone catch last night’s episode?
It was revealed to us that both Dogen and Sayid made deals with Jacob and Fake-Locke to save someone they cared for at the expense of them staying on the island with a “job.”
If you recall, Juliet also made a similar deal with respect to saving her sisters life for staying on the island and doing her research.
Can we assume that Claire made a similar deal regarding her son, maybe one that she doesn’t recall?
Also, Sayid was instructed to stab Fake-Locke before he spoke. Does that mean that Sayid would have been able to kill him if he had followed directions or do we take Fake-Locke’s word that Sayid would never have been able to kill him, Dogen was just trying to get Sayid killed?
I realize the Olympics are on… but I think that regular seasonal shows have taken more than enough of a break. Come on. My Tivo still works! Come back shows. Now.
I’m so happy that Fall TV is back. My tivo is packed full of awesomeness and now that I don’t have homework I get to actually watch the shows. Wonderful. Thanks Fall TV.
What happened to the fun exciting Grey’s Anatomy of season 1? Relationships were forming, people were getting drunk and dancing on couches, there was no crazy massive disaster that required all hands…
Now I feel like every episode someone needs to die, someone has to argue with their best friend, and there must be crazy hospital failure drama.
Bring back season one style Grey’s Anatomy please.
Just as my schedule started to ease up, TV shows stopped airing new episodes and just showing us reruns… I’m not sure what about winter break brings on bad movies and reruns, but its always been that way and I don’t like it.
To make up for it I’ve spent hours on hulu.com catching up on my favorites (like 30 Rock) and watching whatever actual new show have been on. Last night I caught the new MTV show, “The City.” It’s a spin-off from “The Hills” and it was not a rerun. Anyone who watched or has a gf who watched The Hills has heard of Justin-Bobby, the on-again off-again “boyfriend” of one of the girls… Now Whitney has a love interest on The City, Jay, and I’m going to go ahead and call it now, he’s going to pull a Justin-Bobby. He’s not going to commit, he’s going to be randomly unavailable, randomly lovey-dovey… we already have him telling his roommate he doesn’t want to stop dating others, but surprising Whitney at a dinner party he said he wasn’t attending. I’m bored already. Luckily most other shows will pick back up this weekend.
I’m pissed that Dirty Sexy Money and Pushing Daisies have been canceled…
Inbetween work, school, working out, and spending time with friends/family I use my TV to its fullest extent. If you don’t think having a TV is all that great, it just means you aren’t doing things right… Here is what you should be doing.
- Video Games – Thats right, use your TV for video games, even if you are an adult. Games are a great way to unwind. Personally I like the Wii for casual gaming, but the xbox 360 for more involved games and first person shooters. If you get the Wii…. must get Mario Galaxy, and then the wii fit (see my post about it here). This even doubles as your exercise, meaning less time at the gym, more time with your TV.
- Tivo! – You must get a Tivo! Tivo means you go to work and school and your shows effortlessly are recorded so when you DO have freetime you can watch exactly what you want, instead of that awful rerun of Mama’s Family. [Obviously you need cable or satellite to take full advantage of this] [Also, here is a link where you can save up $350 on your Tivo purchase]
- NetFlix – Tivo is great, and you get to watch a lot of what you want, but seasons 1-6 of Alias won’t be on, in order. Get Netflix, setup your queue, watch the dvd’s as they come and enjoy life. It is cheap and totally worth it. Worth all $5 a month.
Then again, if you don’t have a TV, just go to Hulu.com and watch some free tv!