Waving goodbye to a cable bill doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to say goodbye to your favorite TV shows. You can still save money on TV while getting access to most of your favorite shows and have the ability to watch them whenever is most convenient for you.
I made the switch from cable to subscription services about a year ago, and I feel as if I’ve actually discovered more great television shows than when I was saddled by a cable bill. Depending on whether you like to limit your TV time, this could be a good or bad thing. But for us, it’s just right.
My Cable Alternative – Netflix + Hulu Plus
In my opinion, Netflix and Hulu Plus are truly better together. We use Netflix to find tv shows we love (and movies, of course). We watch all available seasons of our new favorite TV shows on Netflix. Then we switch to Hulu Plus to continue watching the newly aired episodes in the current season. Since we use the two services at once, I feel like we’re getting more convenience and entertainment options (seriously – have you seen how many TV shows there are on Netflix?) than traditional cable could provide.
Hulu Plus vs Netflix
I will say, if I had to choose just one of the two, I would definitely choose Netflix over Hulu Plus. While Hulu is convenient and allows us to watch what’s currently airing on TV, their TV show availability is much more limiting than Netflix. Another small thing that I think can be improved upon with Hulu Plus is that they don’t seem to have access to past seasons (I’m not sure if this is the case for all shows).
This is why I say they’re better together. Watch past seasons on Netflix/watch current seasons on Hulu Plus. It’s almost like cable – but better.
What we miss about Cable
While this set up is great, it isn’t perfect. My husband misses ESPN and I miss Lifetime movies, DIY Network and HGTV. Also, we’re huge Doctor Who fans and it’s difficult to have to wait to watch the premiers/specials since we don’t have cable. So, if you’re an ESPN-lover, Lifetime-movie-queen or part of the Doctor-Who-fandom, you may sometimes get frustrated. It isn’t usually a big deal to us, however.
Overall, we love our current set up.
But we’re curious about the Roku, so it’s likely something we’ll look into this year. We pay about the same for each service – about $8 each, which totals to $15 per month, or $192 per year.