Cable and satellite television service seems to be within most homes in America. Many people of all ages enjoy television as a source of entertainment and sometimes education. However it can be a strain on some people’s budget. This is increased if you are someone who enjoys lots of movies through premium networks and on demand services. In fact you often here about cable being the first bill to go when discussions about tightening the monthly budget come up. Lot’s of us tend to spend a lot of time flipping channels, watching commercials, or entire programs we don’t even like out of a lack of choice or boredom. However for those who watch lots of movies, don’t mind watching non-current television, and would like the choice to pick commercial free programs that you chose to watch there is a cheaper alternative.
Netflix on your television is a great alternative to television and video rental with a much lower cost. To stream Netflix to your television you will of course have to begin by subscribing to Netflix. To stream you only have to purchase their low monthly plan of $8.99 a month. This first and foremost entitles you to one DVD sent to your home at a time (you can pay to have more DVDs sent to you at a time. Streaming is included and is instant and unlimited.
Streaming can be done in various ways. It is easily streamed through any computer (specifically laptops), which are mobile and usually can be attached to most TV’s with cheap cables. Cables can be purchased on eBay for next to nothing, and generally the cheap cable work just as good as the expensive ones from electronic stores. You can also purchase a box (similar to a cable box) from Netflix for around a $100 dollars. Another alternative is streaming it through a video game system, which you may also own. For this you first need to make your game system is connected to the internet. The Wii has built in wireless and offers this service for free. The Xbox 360 charges a $50 a year fee for its Gold Membership in order to stream Netflix. The PS3 offers online service for free. Whether you are just signing up for Netflix or you are already a member, you can request a disc for free from Netflix. This comes in 1 business day and is required. You just pop in the disc like a game and then you guided through an easy setup that links your account to the console. After that you are free to surf thousands of movies and shows (including entire seasons and children’s shows). You can place movies in a queue on the system, online, or from a cell phone to have them ready for you. You will not be able to watch the brand new releases right away, but you will have an every growing amount of entertainment in the thousands available instantly for only $9 dollars a month.
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