Living Without a Salary

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Stop the Cable Madness! December 1, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment,TV online — joetb @ 9:03 AM
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There is nothing more wasteful of your income than cable television. And there is nothing more wasteful of your time and energy as well. If you need to save money, or you want to stop your consumer lifestyle in favor of conserving and reusing what you have, then not having a television or paying for cable will assist you greatly in this manner. You see, cable television is only a medium for corporate America to peddle more of their wares, therefore creating more consumerism. And the cable companies make you pay to watch these commercials! How ridiculous is that?

Before you think I am saying that you shouldn’t be able to watch anything at home, and that you should throw out your TV, read further–because I am not saying that at all. In fact, the kids and I are able to watch all sorts of TV programs and movies. Even now as I am writing this, I am watching the movie, “Animal Farm”. (A fitting movie to be watching while writing this post, don’t you think?) We do have DVD’s, but that is not the only thing I am talking about. In fact, we rarely put in a DVD…and opt instead to watch shows from the internet. (Be sure it is the high speed internet, like cable or DSL.) Now if you are just thinking YouTube, or something like that, you couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s only the most popular video site, but not the only one.

The other night, in about 15 minutes or less, I wrote down all the sites that contained full episodes and movies online. And I came up with 25 top sites that have high quality and popular programs worth watching. As I wrote, I realized that one could essentially live without TV and paying for cable, while still being able to watch favorite programs. Plus, you can use the internet for a ton of other activities as well, making the internet one of the most versatile and multi-task tool you can ever have in your home. Sounds a bit promotional, I know, but think about it. Can you use your cable TV for checking email, or searching for bargains? Can you use it to research various topics at the click of a mouse? Can you use it to make money? Not unless you have a new type of cable TV, you can’t do all that with it. Can you do all this with the Internet? Of course! And watch programs and movies as well…

Technology has come a long way to allow videos to be played online, and that is the best part. Instead of having to pay $50-$60 per month for cable TV, why not put that into a savings account or an investment account? That is how much you will be able to save per month if you just used the internet…you can even get a steep discount on your monthly internet bill by buying your own cable modem at any department store, such as Wal-Mart, or Target, etc. I am paying only $19.95 per month for my high speed internet. Can you say that about your cable bill? Really…if you want to start living without a salary, cancel your cable subscription. The only thing it does for you is to keep you from having the life you really want.

Now, about that list I created. Here is a small sample of the resources I collected. I will add more in a resources section later on…

Hulu

Fancast

Surf the Channel

USA Network

…and there are more. You could just start checking out the websites for all the cable channels you currently watch. They all have websites, along with full episodes of their popular programs. These are just starting points…you will find that once you see how easy it is to watch TV online, you will become hooked, and you will want to cancel your cable subscription. Enjoy!