Saturday, 6 June 2015

How to watch TV shows without paying much for cable and satellite TV

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How to watch your favorite TV shows without having to pay for satellite TV service or cable TV service.

Always click through all 700 HD channels on your cable or satellite channel service but you are missing your favourite TV channels or you are not happy with the cable or satellite TV service bill. Maybe you have added a streaming service such as Netflix (NFLX), Hulu Plus or Amazon (AMZN) to watch your favorite shows or television channels anytime. Or maybe you want to cut the cable tv cord completely and just use the streaming video, but is worried about losing live sports and live news. For cutting cable cord, you can add SlingTV, a new transmission packet by Dish Network (but without the dish antenna) launched in March that could only make cutting the cable cord into a easy option. Now there is another option: CBS (CBS) Showtime sold as a separate over-the-top content (OTT) for $10.99 per month, cheaper than the for a month $14.99 HBO now.

Watch your favorite TV shows without having to pay for satellite TV service or cable TV service.


"Sling TV including ESPN and CNN, among others and is a great option for people who want to cut the cord of cable, but can not enjoy live events without those cable such as  live sports and news channels," says Andrea Woroch.

Officially called SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) and OTT TV watching, online streaming services like these add more options to offer traditional TV channels for pay cable or satellite provider.


Digital TV Research projects the number of households worldwide using SVOD grow from 21 million in 2010 to 83 million in 2014 and 199 million in 2020.

With SVOD applications using a streaming device connecting the TV to the Internet, there is now the option of cutting the cable subscription service entirety, but there is a learning curve and you need a major attitude adjustment. Once you've learned to watch TV this new way, you'll be getting more of your TV while paying much.

Cancel the cable tv/satellite TV service and the bill ...


If you've been paying for cable or satellite, you paid an average of $86 per month in 2011, according to The NPD Group. The increase to a 2015 forecast of $123 per month, you could be spending $1,476 per year, just for the pay-TV programming. You could use that extra $100 in other parts of your budget? If so, simply call your provider and cancel your service. Be prepared for the provider to offer to lower your rate or trying to get shelter and pay even more. Once the cable or satellite is gone, you will have to reconfigure the TV to see SVOD.

Connect the TV to a video streaming device


If you do not like to watch TV on your iPad or computer, you must connect your TV (via HDMI port) to a video streaming device that connects to the Internet wirelessly, since 47% of households already did it in 2014, according to NPD Group. Then suddenly you have access to a new world of viewing content in the form of "apps" that represent each channel that you know and love and many more that have yet to discover. John Buffone, industry analyst Connected Intelligence for The NPD Group, says one of the big changes this year affordability of these devices is increased with an average price at once as low as $35. "Since the cost out of the equation, you can test that appeals most, "he says.

Roku: ($49 at Walmart online) is a small device loaded with hundreds of free and paid apps SVOD access with its own remote control.

Chromecast: ($34.99 at Walmart online) use his Smartphone, laptop or tablet as a remote control. When you accessed through a laptop that can pull any web page on the TV.

Apple TV (AAPL): If you are a user of Big Apple, the Apple TV (which now has a reduced price of $ 68) device can access the entire contents of your iPhone and iPad, as well as a huge Library TV and movie viewing applications. HBO now be exclusively available on the Apple TV.

Other options include NetGear transmission devices and the new Amazon Fire TV ($99 at Amazon.com). Blu-ray Players and game consoles like the PlayStation 3 or Xbox One also serve as streaming video devices.

Cheap SVOD pay for some SVOD services


OTT SVOD or pay subscriptions are very cheap, a mere fraction of what his bill was cable TV. It used to be if you do not know about a show just missed or want to jump in mid-season. Now you can "Marathon" or "binge-clock" as many episodes as you want when you want, some since the beginning of the series. At $7 to $10 a month, each of these services offer something different, with a lot of cross over, so choose most significant for you.

Netflix: You can see a full production, each pilot season finale of the series or the last full year for most major TV series (updated often) as "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad", in addition to access to some exclusive, original series Netflix worthy prizes you may have heard about "House of Cards", "Orange is the New Black" and "Hemlock Grove" among many 2,014 newcomers. There is also a huge catalog of documentaries, children's programs, reality shows, stand-up comedy and movies. Netflix learns what you like and suggest new programs and films without ads or additional charges. 2014 new members pay $ 8.99 monthly, while existing subscribers keep their $7.99 monthly fee. Use the month of Netflix free trial to see if it shows you want are available. If not, you may need to Hulu Plus.

Hulu Plus: This SVOD service differs in providing the TV current season to see the next day after episodes actually transmitted. For example, if I love watching Comedy Central "The Daily Show" (not available on Netflix), I can see anytime in Hulu Plus, which offers many episodes of the current season, but not the entire season or series like Netflix . Hulu Plus also has many original and exclusive programs and costs $7.99 per month with no additional charges, despite the ads are annoying. Now, some networks are getting smarter and not sell the rights to their shows universally or Netflix or Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime thats when needed.

Amazon Prime: CBS "Extant" with Halle Berry and "Under the Dome" have exclusive agreements with Amazon Prime streaming, the only place where you can watch the show on demand and if you do not have access to the local network. It is also the only place where you can find all previous seasons (1-4) of "Downton Abbey" including (but not the current season, which can be accessed for free on the App PBS on a Roku every week after airing each episode). And more recently, Amazon received exclusive permission to broadcast a lot of past and present content HBO and has been pumping out original programs such as the Golden Globe-winning series "Transparent". While they offer viewing from the pilot to the present, the current season and sometimes the previous season are pay per view, which defeats the purpose of having Amazon Prime, but you also get a free two-day shipping. And that only increased the annual price of between $79 to $99 per year in 2014 (still, that's just $8.25 per month).

Sling TV: Now you can finally close the gap on some cable channels that simply are not available on any other television streaming service such as ESPN, ESPN2, and CNN. Sling TV by Dish Network offers an application for any Roku (not available on the Apple TV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast). Still, the current availability in circuit includes 20 popular channels that you may have been missing for just $20 a month. Sling TV will also offer AMC (for review "Walking Dead"), IFC and a packet of film. Caution: While you can download the app on all your devices, only one person can see Sling TV in your account at a time. Sling TV has a free 7 day trial so you can evaluate if you look enough to justify the additional $ 20 per month.

HBO NOW: For $14.99 a month, Time Warner (TWC) is offering an Internet-based independent HBO HBO Now service, which allows consumers winning HBO original programming as "VEEP" and "Girls".

Showtime: From July, commercial distribution network will offer a standalone iteration $ 10.99 per month for Internet Showtime premium channel - including a partnership with Apple. The launch will be in conjunction with shows Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.

So for three main SVOD services, you have a lot of new, current and past programming to scan through your device applications using streaming at will to nearly $ 24 per month compared to $ 100 cable subscription satellite or paid monthly. If you add SlingTV, you're up to $ 44 per month plus tax. Woroch advised to use all free trial subscriptions for streaming if you want to cut the cord cable or satellite entirely too see what he wants to see more.

And no more free hundreds of TV applications, including most network channels and cable TV offering a wealth of free content as History Channel and PBS.

Want local network channels? Live Sports?


Now, if there is still a network show in the season you can not live without such as "The Big Bang Theory" or local news or network events, including special, such as the Olympic Games or market sports coverage Local you want to see how it is transmitted or is not available or is not available in any of the SVOD services or devices, then you may want to get a local network antenna.

Depending on many factors, which vary in price from a one-time $30 an internal antenna to $ 250 for a large installed outdoor antenna. No one type of antenna that works for everyone as TV reception depends on your distance from the broadcast signal, strength, obstructions and more.

Check www.AntennaWeb.org the Consumer Electronics Association to identify appropriate antenna attributes depending on their location. Need sport full market coverage?

With its antenna network will cover local sports market Fox and CBS's Sunday Night Football on NBC & Thursday Night Football CBS. But if that's not enough, you may have an application as MLB.TV SVOD expensive that cost $125 last season ($10 per month) to have access to all games of the season out of the market.

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket will sell without a full subscription by satellite, but costs hundreds of dollars per season.

This fall, Yahoo! (YHOO - Get Report) An NFL game, a deal that cost the technology company about $20 million will be transmitted. To start, fans of America's pastime can gain broad access to baseball diamonds across the country: MLB streams games out of the market at $ 99 per year, available through Roku, Xbox, Apple TV and Sony PlayStation.

Forget the TV schedules forever

Back when the DVR became popular, you could record programs and watch when it's convenient for you, but with limitations.

"These new applications, along with devices to eliminate the need to remember or record times," says Buffone. "They are simply there when you want them."

For those addicted to "Game of Thrones" HBO now there. Or for those desperate to see the current Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" or the long-awaited prequel to "Breaking Bad" - "Better Call Saul" last February AMC opened - there Sling TV. Inevitably, in some cases, it is impossible to see some current events show arena without paying for cable or pay per episode Amazon Prime. But, lists channels and licensing agreements are constantly changing and many other great players strive to get into the game streaming.

Woroch added: "" The problem now is that people want everything and now that Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime are all producing exclusive shows - think: Netflix, "House of Cards", among many others - consumers may want to keep all including streaming subscriptions cable pay."

For this reason, most people say Buffone not really cancel your cable subscription and adopt this cheaper and more flexible than watch TV and SVOD rather than adding to their paid subscriptions way. What's up?

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