I think everyone that I know has cable television. I’ll admit, there is good reason for that. The ability to switch from a live professional basketball game in Miami to a diner, drive-in, or dive in Southern-California is pretty awesome. It’s instant gratification at its finest.
But it comes at a high price:
- $55/month on cable television, compounded over 10 years at 7% interest, equals nearly $10,000 spent.
- According to a recent Nielsen numbers study, Americans spend 34 hours a week, or 1768 hours per year, watching TV. That’s a depressing figure. About 30% of that time, roughly 530 hours per year, are spent watching advertisements. Not only do you pay thousands for the cable service, you’re persuaded to continue spending through excellent advertisements. I honestly believe that you can find something productive to do with those 34 hours each week that won’t cost you $10,000 and your sanity.
How to Get it for Free
There are plenty of entertainment options available to replace that outrageous cable subscription.
You can find any television program on the internet for free, which means cable television can be completely replaced by a high speed internet connection.
You enjoy the Big Bang Theory? Check.
The Walking Dead? Got it.
A few favorite streaming sites of mine are Series Cravings and TubePlus. Neither charges any fees or makes you sign up for accounts (although you’ll need an ad blocker on your internet browser to combat the annoying pop-ups). I also note that the sites have DMCA (copyright) compliance policies listed, which makes them seem legitimate.
I don’t know how they work. I don’t know who hosts them. I don’t know who uploads the individual files. All I know is that the sites provide the mindless entertainment we sometimes enjoy, free of charge. And they do not require that you download any files, which means you will not violate any internet agreement laws.
How about streaming sports or live TV? Use Kodi on an Android streaming device (see below), or check out this article.
If you still can’t find what you want, you can simply type in what you want to watch in Google. Try various terms like “(Your Show) Season 1 Episode 5” or “(Your Show) S1e05” or “(Your Show) Season 1 Online”
If you aren’t comfortable streaming the content online, how about buying an antenna to enjoy free programming? We own this HomeWorx HDTV Digital Antenna and it pulls in 25+ High Definition channels for free.
If you want a few other cheap options – Amazon’s Video on Demand service is free with an Amazon Prime membership, or Netflix is around $10 per month.
Getting Internet Shows on the Big Screen TV
All of these internet based video options can easily be connected to your big LED TV. The methods are as follows:
- The Best Method – Buy something to stream with. I can recommend the Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick. These work great, and we own a couple of them.
- Sidenote – Install Kodi on the Fire TV. The First Stick is probably the easiest solution for Kodi, and it allows you to watch almost anything through the internet for free, including live TV streams. Here is a guide.
- The Easiest Method – Run an HDMI cable from the computer/tablet/phone to the television. All newer laptops (and many other electronics) have an HDMI out port. Desktop computers can be outfitted with a cheap graphics card that will have an HDMI out port.
*Disclaimer* Many people have asked us for this information, so we decided to share it publicly. If you don’t agree with our methods, feel free to ignore our advice.