3. Access to more/better/different programming
Once upon a time, I paid one bill for access to television shows and movies and a second bill for access to web pages, iTunes music, chatting, and e-mail.
Two separate bills for connecting to two different networks wired into my wall.
To make it sillier, I was paying both bills to the same company.
This REALLY bloated my entertainment budget.
Now, I get all my TV, Movies, web pages, iTunes music, chatting, and e-mail on ONE network and pay one bill.
I made the switch without losing any of my shows, DVR-like convenience, On Demand-like instant gratification, or 1080p picture quality.
Comcast (Cheapest package w/HBO) $ 49.95 HDTV Channels $ 6.50 Comcast Internet $ 42.95 Netflix 2-at-a-time/$13.99 Plan $ 13.99 TiVo (Lifetime) $ 0.00 Total BEFORE Tax: $ 113.39
Qwest Broadband with Microsoft $ 46.99 Netflix 3-at-a-time/$16.99 Plan $ 18.52 Streaming Stuff $ 0.00 Downloaded Stuff $ 0.00 Total AFTER Tax: $ 65.51
Your milage may vary.
Not everyone has the same set-up as I did. Some people have XBOX-Live and World of WarCraft bills. Some people aren’t as lucky as I am to have TiVo Lifetime Service and have to pay $13 to Tivo or $8.99 to Comcast every month for their DVR’s programming info.
There are other things I could have done to lower my bill. There is a cable package that is $10 cheaper, but it only has half the channels and no HBO (which means no True Blood). I could have also given up Netflix, or dropped down to the $8.99 per month plan with no streaming access, but I wanted to save money with NO COMPROMISES in my viewing habits.
I should also note that even though my internet bill increased by $4 per month, my bandwidth went from 1.5Mb to 6.0Mb.
Everyone’s needs are diffetrent, and every setup unique. I invite you to total up your bill and put it in the comments. I would especially like to hear from others who have “cut the cable” to know if your savings were as dramatic as mine.
Access to more/better/different programming
From Ze Frank and Sarah Haskins to Dr. Horrible and Hardly Working, there’s a favorite for all tastes, each one better than QVC, Jerry Springer, and Judge Grumpy – but best of all, you don’t have to CHOOSE between two shows airing at the same time! Online TV is video-on-demand and time-shifting rolled into one.