I’ve always subscribed to cable or satellite. I know there are naysayers out there, but I’m guessing most of those naysayers don’t have chronic fatigue and a spouse who is also home all day every day. Given the sheer amount of time we watch TV, I felt the price was justified.
At least, I did when it was just Tim and I. Once we moved into the house, we were paying for service to the guest house, as well. That was an extra $25 a month. Once the introductory discounts ran out, we were paying $99 a month. No premium channels.
So I finally broke down and investigated Hulu. I was surprised to find just how many shows were on there. Between that and Netflix (which we already had) most of our shows were available for instant streaming. Tim and I were happy to sacrifice the rest in order to pay $92 less per month.
We didn’t see savings right away, of course. We only had four months left on our DISH contract, so our cancellation fee was relatively small: $54.07. The real cost came from the Roku devices. Two for our house and two for the in-laws came to $287.24. At least I got 5% cash back through Extrabux.
The initial investment hurt, but after four months we were already saving money. September is the fifth month, and we’ve saved $113.74. By the end of the year, it’ll be $386.77. At the end of 2014, we’ll have saved $1478.89.
Suffice to say, I’m kicking myself for not looking into Hulu sooner.
If you’re thinking about making the switch, check out it out. Scott’s offers a free one-month trial of Hulu. Add Netflix or Amazon Prime, and you should have all the entertainment you can handle for a lot less.
Do you still use cable/satellite for entertainment? If not, when did you make the switch?