Reader Marie left a comment in a post asking us to help her find the tech needed for her to stream movies and shows on her TV. She writes:
I look forward to reading your blog every day. I’ve learned and have saved so much from your articles.
I was wondering if you or any of your readers know what technology is available to watch TV via the internet.
Cable &/or satellite costs account for amongst the highest of our household expenses. My cable bill increases $3-5 dollars every 4-6 months!
I have heard there is a box you could purchase (for a one time fee) to plug your TV into enabling your TV to pick up shows via the internet.
If you or any of your readers know about this service & how to set it up or any other TV technology to save me money I would be so thankful.
Marie, there are several online services that allow you to stream movies and TV sitcoms (even those that air on cable) like Hulu and Netflix. I love Hulu — it’s completely free! I usually watch on my laptop and don’t stream on my television since it allows me to watch TV in my bedroom. (Our TV is in the living room.)
If you prefer to get internet videos on your TV, you can hook up your computer to your television. Julia spoke to an expert awhile ago that gave her the scoop and shared a website that will walk you through connecting your TV to the Internet. All you have to do is buy a cable for about $45.
The other option you mentioned is getting a box that allows you to stream. There are several boxes in the market. Roku Streaming Player is pretty popular, and though I have not used it, seems fairly easy to install. This box will work with your existing Netflix and Hulu subscriptions. Anyone know if you have to have a subscription for streaming?
If, like Marie, you’re looking to nix you cable bill, checkout my suggestions to stop spending money on cable TV. Don’t forget to share your tips below for Marie. We’d love to hear from you if you have a Roku box or any other streaming technology.