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We don’t pay for cable TV, but I can still watch Hell’s Kitchen.

We don’t pay for cable or satellite tv, yet we watch shows that are on cable and satellite.   We also don’t spend 50% of our time watching commercials on TV.   We save $50 a month, or $600 a year by not purchasing cable or satellite.  We have access to FREE HDTV stations too.  How is this possible? 

One solution, combine the  internet and TV.  We setup our mac mini to our TV and watch TV through this.  We also watch FREE HDTV over the antenna.  Some people would say it is way too complicated to set up.  It actually is very simple.   I drafted a diagram showing you exactly how it works below:

We now pick what we want to watch and when we want to watch it.   Go to fox.com, nbc.com, youtube, itunes(pay per view), etc.. to watch shows.  Whenever I go to someone’s house who pays for premium cable or satellite, I am shocked at the barrage of commercials that are forced into our existence.   I find it interesting that a 30 minute show is actually about 18 minutes without commercials.  That’s 12 minutes of brainwashing every half hour.  

Of course, you don’t have to watch all TV by the internet.  Sometimes you actually want to be passive.  That is where the antenna comes in to pull free HDTV off of the airwaves.  Your HDTV antenna signal is actually of a higher quality than what comes off of satellite.   

As of now, most shows are commercial free.   For the shows that have commercials, it is far less than what you find on TV.  You have to seek the show you want and therefore, you find you spend less time watching TV.   Almost forgot, you go this route and for the $600 you save per year, the mac mini will pay for itself in that year.  What do you have to lose?


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