Did you know that you can hook up a laptop to your TV (newer models – check to see if your TV has an HDMI input). This is what the HDMI cord looks like:
Click on the images above to go to the ABC, CBS, Hulu, NBC, and Netflix websites. Hulu and Netflix do charge a small monthly fee – around $7 or $8. But that’s a huge difference compared to $50 and up that you’re probably paying now. Plus there are so many extras like being able to watch an entire season of your favorite show at once, saving your place when you have to stop watching in the middle of a show, adding shows to favorites so you’ll be notified when there’s a new episode, and suggestions for shows similar to what you’ve watched.
You can’t escape commercials all the time. Hulu and the broadcast channel websites usually do have some commercials in their online shows, but there are only usually 1 or 2 minutes of commercials at a time, so it’s still not as bad as regular TV.
These are just a small sample of online sites where you can watch TV shows and movies. CMT also offers some of their shows online, some without commercials. For kids there is PBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney online (plus I’m sure a lot more). Google it!
The remote: Your mouse! If you don’t have one, pick up an inexpensive wireless mouse. You’ll be able to use it anywhere in the room to control your laptop.
Another benefit is you can web surf and check your Facebook while you’re waiting for a commercial.
I hope this post inspires you to “cut the cord” and free up some of your hard-earned money while still enjoying TV.