Then, the Supreme Court decided that the way Aereo operated was illegal, and shut them down.
After Aereo shutdown, we considered signing back up with satellite. But, when looking at it, we could not justify spending more than $600.00 a year to watch t.v. We ended up doing some research and found that there are some modern, high powered antennas that provide great reception, without a monthly fee. We started at the bottom of the totem pole with the cheapest antenna. It was about
$25.00, and didn't work for us.
|This did not work for us.|
|This is the antenna that we have now|
We returned it, and stepped up to the $50.00 level. That one worked, but the reception was spotty. Finally, we bought a higher priced antenna, the ClearStream Micro XG Indoor LongRange Antenna, which cost around $100.00. We have been using this one for about 3 months now, and it works well for our purposes. Sure, the picture can get spotty, but its nothing terrible. Plus, it is more sleek and modern than the others, so aesthetically, it looks better.
In the end, for us, spending $100.00 for basic cable worked. We subscribe to Nextfilx, and so for $8.00 a month, we get a ton of movies and series to choose from. Plus, nearly every cable station has an app that you can stream their shows for free. If none of that works, then we do a quick YouTube search, and can normally find anything we want that way.
Towards the end of our satellite contract, we found that we were spending way to much time on the couch. We would come home from work, eat dinner on the couch, clean up, and plop right back down on the couch and sit there for hours. We felt lazy and unproductive, but we lacked the discipline to turn off the t.v. and do something with our evenings.
Now, we tend to come home, cook dinner, watch an episode of The Office on Netflix while cooking, eating, and cleaning up. Then, we will head outside to take a walk, play with the dogs, chat with the neighbors, work in the yard, or run errands. Given that we have less options at our fingertips, we are less likely to sit on the couch for hours on end.
I can honestly say that I don't miss cable. There is nothing I want to see so badly that I am willing to pay over $100.00 a month for.
Tell Me: Do you pay for t.v. service? What do you use? What are your favorite shows?