Let me be honest, my husband and I really enjoy watching tv. We each have a list of shows that we just can’t miss. When we first got married we didn’t have room in the budget for an expensive cable bill though. This is how we figured out how to watch the shows we love without blowing our budget.
Watch shows online for free. More than likely you’re already paying for the internet anyway. Head to Hulu or a major television network website and watch full length episodes from there. If your computer and internet are up to speed the streaming quality can be fantastic! The following are websites that offer recently aired full length episodes for free:
- Hulu – Hulu contains shows from many major networks which is why it is our top choice.
- CBS – This is the only place you can find your favorite CBS shows.
- PBS and PBS Kids
Streaming shows to your computer isn’t always the most comfortable option when you have a desktop computer or a small screen. This is why we decided to invest in a streaming media player which allows you to hook the player up to a tv and watch content from there. There are several available on the market with most people choosing between Roku and Apple TV. Since we are strictly an Apple family, Apple TV was the obvious choice for us. We can even use the AirPlay feature to share the screen from a computer or share media from an iPod, iPad, or iPhone. It was a one time investment that ended up being well worth it for its convenience.
We chose to subscribe to Hulu Plus to make the most of Apple TV. Our Hulu Plus subscription allows us to watch our favorite shows the day after they air directly through Apple TV or the Hulu Plus app. The quality is amazing and the convenience just can’t be beat! We don’t have to worry about missing new episodes. We mark our favorite shows and they show up in our queue as soon as they’re available. Watching tv fits into whatever schedule is working for our family at the time. It is $7.99 per month well spent, and still way less than a cable or satellite bill! (Note: If you’re interested in signing up for Hulu Plus please consider using my referral link which will allow you to get a two week free trial. Thanks!)
One of my favorite benefits of our system is that I find we actually end up watching less mindless tv. If we turn on the tv it is because we intend to watch something specific, not just have it on to channel surf. How many times have you turned on the tv and flipped around for half an hour without settling on a single channel because nothing is on? Not around here! I also don’t mind when my toddler asks to watch tv. The only channel we get that interests him is PBS Kids. I am a huge fan of their programing! It is positive, educational, and void of advertisements. If my toddler is going to watch tv at least I know he is watching the good stuff.
While our system isn’t completely free it sure beats paying a hefty cable bill each month. We love how flexible and convenient watching our favorite shows has become for us.