Recently our cable package increased from $17 to $23 per month, so I’ve been on the look-out for some new ideas and ways to cut costs. I decided I would test out several options and share my findings! Hopefully, it will be helpful…and maybe you can give me some ideas, too.
For the last few years, we’ve had the basic of the basic cable packages offered in our area. We get about 15 channels, so we’re used to not really watching too much t.v. We’ve kept it because my husband likes to watch the games offered on network t.v. — and I still don’t know how many channels we could pick up with an antennae in our rural area. That will be something we test out, too!
Over the next few months, I plan to try:
Last month, I signed up for the 30-Day FREE trial at Netflix. We have a Wii and I knew we could use it to stream the shows to our t.v. I was actually pretty impressed by it! Keep in mind that we have basic – basic cable, so I haven’t watched many shows lately. I loved watching Hoarders and some of the other TLC shows.
I was actually overwhelmed by the options! There are lots of movies and t.v. shows I haven’t seen, but Netflix has some pretty nice options that helped me decide which shows to try out (plus, I got quite a bit of input from you on Facebook)!
Netflix Streaming Pros and Cons
Here are a few of my favorite things about Netflix:
Two sections: Netflix and Netflix for Kids
This is my absolute favorite. The girls could just click on the Kids Section, and (for the most part) pick out appropriate cartoons, shows, etc. for them. I quickly realized how many *iffy* shows and other movies were in the Netflix section, and I wasn’t interested in my 7-year-old reading all about them!
The ability to mark and rate movies and shows that interest me.
This is a great feature. It allows you to mark shows and genres you are definitely not interested in — and those you are. There were several genres that popped up on my screen at first that I did not want to see, but when I want in and rated them with the lowest marking they stopped showing up.
There are parental controls.
You can set a maximum rating for movies that show up as available to watch. It’s also easy to disable or enable the feature with a password.
You can place any movies or show you want into an online queue. This was helpful for me as I was browsing and ran across some shows I was interested in watching. Also, I received several recommendations for shows to watch, so I added those to my queue, too! Then, I could easily pull up the shows when I wanted to watch them. This is great for me since I somehow seem to forget what shows I want to watch! I’m easily distracted…
Android and iPhone Netflix app
I downloaded the Android app to my smartphone, and this allowed me to watch a movie whenever I wanted to. I could also pull up a cartoon for the girls if I needed something quick to occupy them (like at a restaurant or appointment).
As far as negatives for the service, I didn’t really find any. I know some of you mentioned that there aren’t as many shows available as some other services; but since I don’t generally watch much t.v., there were more than enough options for me!! I was actually quite impressed with the Netflix streaming service. For $7.99 per month, it’s a pretty good bargain and there are lots of options for shows we haven’t seen and educational documentaries. It was definitely worth signing up for the 30-day Netflix trial just to test it out and see a few shows I haven’t seen!
I did cancel my subscription to Netflix after the 30-day trial, because I’m still exploring options! Next month, I’ll share about my experience with Amazon Prime.
Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below!