Thursday, February 28, 2013
A reader named Stephanie asks, “Corey, is there a simple way to get live TV from the Internet to my television?”
The answer sadly is, it depends.
Many individuals these days are asking me regularly, “How do you go without a TV?”
Cable companies can be difficult to deal with at times, considering all their bill changes, random fees, customer service questions, etc.
I have chosen to go with Internet only. My wife and I decided we weren’t going to become a “lazy chair” couple.
We want to be deliberate when we watch shows together online and don’t wish to have the ability to click on the TV and zone out.
These are some useful tips on how to keep your bills low and even ditch the box if that is what you wish.
If your cable bill is too high, research other plans from competitors.
Call your television/internet provider, and inform them you will switch but want to know how they can beat their competitor.
If you are a die-hard sports fan, ditch your TV and go to a bar or friend’s house for sporting events.
Many individuals are starting to watch TV exclusively online.
If you can go without sports and the TV news – this is the option for you.
Use a tablet, laptop, smartphone or TV connected to a Roku or Apple TV to watch Netflix, Hulu and many other services exclusively online – these services allow you to watch ABC, CBS, NBC and many other major network TV shows and movies.
Netflix has a large selection and does cost a little, but Hulu is free for the recent episodes of TV shows.
A large variety of TV networks are now providing free online viewing of content.
All of the major TV shows and sports events are streamed online for free.
Finally, go outside, read a book, read a newspaper, surf the Internet.
There are many options.
I completely understand this is not a simple task for many people.
Typically, once your needs have been assessed, then a solution can be provided that meets those needs.
Please let me know if I can help you dig in deeper with regard to this or other issues.
(Send your questions on computers and technology to Corey McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org.)