As far as watching your favorite shows that air on cable TV, if you do not have a smart TV, I strongly recommend that you purchase either a Fire Stick or a Roku device. Actually, I recommend that you purchase either device regardless of whether you have a smart TV or not. Both devices allow you to download different apps such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, Disney, Lifetime, etc. Once you have downloaded your apps, you can log in using your cable TV login information and you can watch your shows just like you would while using On Demand. We actually have three Firesticks in our house and one Roku. While the Roku is cheaper, I am a bigger fan of the Firestick as it offers an extremely large amount of free movies you can stream via Amazon Prime Video. You will need to have an Amazon Prime membership to take advantage of these free movies/TV shows. If you currently do not have an Amazon Prime membership and would like to try a free 30 day subscription, you can do so by accessing the below link. After the free 30 day trial ends, there is a monthly fee of $12.99 which is worth every penny due to the various services you will get for free.
(For those of you who have cut the plug completely, keep reading. I have some great news for you as well regarding how you can stream your favorite show without a cable account.)
Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the Fire Stick and Roku devices are mobile so you can take them on vacation with you and you can carry them from TV to TV. So if you can only afford to buy one, you will still benefit tremendously from owning one.
The only pain point for some is in most instances, you will not be able to watch some of your shows when they air. It depends on the channel. I have found that some channels, like Nick Jr. and HGTV for instance, will allow you to watch live TV while others like VH1 and Bravo make you wait until the next day to watch the latest episode. I personally don’t have a problem with that as I usually don’t have time to watch TV when my shows air anyway. For those of you who cannot live like this, I have great news for you.
Invest in a streaming program such as Sling TV or Hulu. We personally have Sling TV, which I absolutely love. They allow you to customize your channels and there is absolutely no contract involved so you can makes changes to your plan or even terminate your plan altogether at any time. The only reason why we ended up getting Sling TV was to ensure that we could watch football interrupted. But I quickly became a fan when I realized that I would be able to watch literally all of my favorite channels live without cable. And in order to get their full package, you will only end up paying about $50 a month. Amazing!!! And they have a free 7 day trial. I strongly recommend that you give it a try to see if it is something that you would want to keep. I think it is well worth the price.
We also have Netflix, which seems to be a commodity in everyone’s household nowadays. For those of you who haven’t experienced the loveliness of Netflix, it allows you to watch countless amounts of movies, documentaries and shows for a max of $13.99 a month. My only issue with NetFlix is that the shows that air are usually really old episodes.
To make things even better, the Roku Express streaming device (which is the version I happen to have an is a little cheaper than the regular Roku streaming device) has buttons directly on the remote for quick access to Netflix, Sling TV, and Hulu. I personally, think the Roku express is easier for children to use as all they have to do is hit the Netflix, Hulu, or Sling button to watch their favorite shows. The only thing I don’t like about the Roku is you don’t have the ability to download different streaming apps such as Kodi, which offers a wide range of streaming options ranging from live TV, to streaming recent movies, I mean movies so recent that they may still be playing in the theaters as you watch from the comfort of your home. If you purchase a Fire Stick, Kodi is a must. Tune into YouTube for step by step instructions on how to download the app on your Fire Stick.