netflix http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9853/all en-US 3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-626700900.jpg" alt="every traveler needs these subscriptions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Subscription services are everywhere these days, and some of them are great for frequent travelers. We've compiled a list of convenient ways you can save money through subscriptions that will work whether you're at home or traveling.</p> <h2>Netflix</h2> <p>Since it came out in 1997, Netflix has grown to be an international entertainment giant. And with good reason. While it can be great to watch movies or TV shows from the comfort of your home, Netflix can also travel with you to 190 different countries where you can stream content around the world.</p> <p>I have personally used Netflix in both France and Mexico. The selection of films and TV shows varies from country to country, but I love having the option to watch Netflix while I'm traveling. First, it gives me the ability to easily watch my favorite shows while I'm abroad, which can be a big comfort when I'm surrounded by a foreign language and culture. But secondly, I also like Netflix in that it is adapted to the local context and offers a good selection of some of the classic and contemporary films from the country I'm visiting.</p> <p>For instance, in Mexico, there's a very popular Netflix original show called Club de Cuervos, which is about a fictitious soccer team. Having a Netflix subscription made it easy for me to check out local pop culture. Watching local shows is also a great way to practice a foreign language, and you can always turn on the subtitles if you're struggling to understand.</p> <p>At $7.99 a month for online streaming to one screen in standard definition, a Netflix subscription costs less than one movie ticket and about one-seventh the price of the average cable bill. For that you get a wide selection of movies and TV shows in your home or hotel.</p> <h2>Spotify</h2> <p>One of my favorite subscriptions is Spotify. For a music lover like me, the premium subscription is well worth the price tag. The sign-up offer gives you a month for free, and then it costs $9.99 a month after that. You can save even more money with a student or family subscription.</p> <p>With the premium subscription, you're freed from advertisements popping up every few songs when you stream, and you get the option to download tracks to your device, which is great for travel. Having the tunes on your phone or tablet saves you the cost of data that you'd need to use to stream songs.</p> <p>Plus, with either the free or paid versions of the service, you have access to a huge library of music that's more affordable than buying lots of CDs or album downloads.</p> <h2>Amazon Subscribe &amp; Save</h2> <p>If you're spending lots of time away from home, it can be hard to keep up with tasks like keeping the house stocked for when you get back. When you get home from a trip, you'll want to spend time with friends and family, not out buying toilet paper.</p> <p>Amazon's <a href="http://amzn.to/2meUESq" target="_blank">Subscribe &amp; Save</a> can help by automatically delivering household staples, including groceries, office supplies, and beauty products. You choose the products you want to receive and set up an automated delivery. Deliveries of at least five products on a monthly basis are eligible for discounts of up to 15 percent.</p> <p>If you normally spend $300 a month on these types of items, that means you're setting yourself up for a monthly savings of $45 and the cost of gas, not to mention the time it takes you to do these errands yourself.</p> <p>Depending on how often you're on the road, you may need to check in just to make sure you don't end up with a large supply of paper napkins that you don't have space for.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Subscription%2520Services%2520Every%2520Traveler%2520Needs.jpg&amp;description=3%20Subscription%20Services%20Every%20Traveler%20Needs"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Subscription%20Services%20Every%20Traveler%20Needs.jpg" alt="3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-family-plans-can-save-you-tons">How Family Plans Can Save you TONS</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel abroad Amazon deliveries movies music netflix shopping spotify subscribe and save subscription services tv Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1926605 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-618335432.jpg" alt="Woman getting TV must-haves after cutting cable cord" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is it time for you to join in on the cord cutting movement? You know that you're only watching a few channels out of the hundreds that you're paying for. And cutting the cord on your cable bill will undoubtedly be good for your budget. But can you still watch the shows you love? Yes. You'll be surprised at the variety of options you have without paying for hundreds of channels you don't use.</p> <p>Here's a basic breakdown of the great options you have available when <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits" target="_blank">cutting the cable cord</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Cut Cable and Still Watch What You Love</a>)</p> <h2>An HD antenna</h2> <p>The first option to consider when you're ready to cut the cord is an HD antenna that you can install in your home. Here are a few of your best options.</p> <h3>Mohu Leaf 50 Indoor Antenna</h3> <p>For about $50, you can pick up a <a href="http://amzn.to/2mK3syc" target="_blank">Mohu Leaf</a> and depending on where you live, score a bunch of HD channels for free. The Leaf has a 50-mile range and can be placed indoors on a window or bookcase shelf. To figure out how many free HD channels you can get at your home, visit <a href="https://nocable.org/hd-antenna-coverage-map" target="_blank">NoCable.org</a> and enter your address.</p> <h3>Antennas Direct 50 Clearstream Eclipse</h3> <p>If you're cutting the cord from DishNetwork or DIRECTV, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2nYk9XL" target="_blank">Antennas Direct 50</a> is a great alternative. This is due to the fact that you can install the antenna directly onto your abandoned satellite dish, or a wall or window indoors, making installation really easy. You can then connect the antenna to the existing infrastructure of your home and start watching free HD channels immediately.</p> <h3>Mohu Sky 60 Antenna</h3> <p>If you live in more of a rural area, especially with mountains and hills, the Leaf probably won't get you many free channels. So instead, check out the <a href="http://amzn.to/2mJUaCe" target="_blank">Mohu Sky 60</a>, which should be attic- or roof-mounted and will offer a much better solution. For example, I live 10 miles out of town with hills in every direction. The Leaf gives me only two HD channels, while the Sky 60 gives me six HD channels including FOX, CBS, and ABC.</p> <h2>A subscription to a streaming service</h2> <p>For the rest of the TV shows and movies you've come to depend on through your cable or satellite service, choose among these affordable streaming services.</p> <h3>Netflix</h3> <p>A Netflix streaming account starts at $7.99 per month, or $9.99 per month if you want HD quality. While you won't pick up cable channels with Netflix, you will pick up a ton of original programming as well as thousands of movies, TV shows, and documentaries. Besides viewing on your TV, you can also access all of Netflix's programming on your tablet, computer, or smartphone.</p> <h3>Prime Streaming</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nbqHCb" target="_blank">Prime Streaming</a> is available free to all Amazon Prime members. Prime membership costs $99 per year and gets you access to thousands of titles, including popular TV shows and movies. You can also use Amazon's streaming service to rent or buy current TV shows and new movies to view immediately. You can also pay an additional fee to get access to HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime. Plus, get access to special programming like animé, foreign dramas, and more, as add-on services.</p> <h3>Hulu</h3> <p>If you're interested in streaming the current season of your favorite TV shows, get Hulu. For $7.99 per month, you can stream many of the current shows that won't be available on Netflix until next year. Movies are also available on Hulu.</p> <h3>DIRECTV NOW Streaming</h3> <p>Just recently DIRECTV introduced a streaming option to try and capture a new customer base and it actually looks promising. For $35 a month, you can stream live TV from over 120 channels plus over 10,000 on-demand titles. With the cheapest DIRECTV satellite package coming in at about $55, this is a solid alternative if you don't want to give up your satellite options.</p> <h3>HBO Now</h3> <p>For $14.99 per month, you can access HBO's original shows, documentaries, and their movie selection, without having a cable subscription. This is the main difference between Now and HBO Go &mdash; which you're only able to access with cable.</p> <h3>Livestream</h3> <p>There still aren't many streaming options for sports programming, but Livestream is one of the few available at the moment. This app allows you to stream live events through your Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV. The app is free and you can also use it on your iPhone or Android device.</p> <h3>Sling TV</h3> <p>If you're one of the many who hasn't cut the cord because of a lack of streaming sports options, Sling TV just might be for you. Sling TV is the first true internet-only alternative to a traditional cable package. For only $20/mo, you can get the Sling TV Orange package which includes ESPN, TBS, and CNN plus about 25 other popular channels.</p> <h2>A streaming device</h2> <p>Using streaming services doesn't mean you can only watch on your computer. There are some nifty devices that allow you to stream these shows to your TV, so you can sit back and still enjoy shows and movies on your big screen TV. Most newer TVs have the required USB port that the streaming sticks and players directly connect to. On older TVs without a USB port, you might be able to use an HDMI-to-USB adapter cord, but it depends on your HDMI setup in the back of your TV.</p> <h3>Amazon Fire TV Stick</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2n2eKzv" target="_blank">The Amazon Fire TV Stick</a> plugs into the back of your TV and lets you immediately start streaming. Of course, you need a Wi-Fi connection in your home, too. The Fire TV Stick is compatible with all of the popular subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video, as well as free streaming options like YouTube.</p> <h3>Roku Streaming Stick</h3> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2n2Dl7u" target="_blank">Roku Stick</a> stands out from the Fire TV stick in the number of apps available, as well as a convenient search feature. The Roku Stick actually searches across all streaming services to find you the exact program you're looking for.</p> <h3>Chromecast</h3> <p>This is Google's streaming device, and it also uses your Wi-Fi connection to stream music and videos on your TV. The main difference with Chromecast compared to the options above is that there's no remote. You use your phone, iPad, or laptop computer to control your programming.</p> <h3>Apple TV</h3> <p>Much like the two options above, Apple TV comes equipped with all the video/streaming apps you could ever need. Apple TV has over 1,600 of them, and the video quality is outstanding. It also connects to your iTunes library so you can seamlessly access your favorite music on your TV.</p> <h3>Gaming consoles</h3> <p>If you're a gamer, you might not need a streaming device at all, because new gaming consoles come equipped with a streaming interface. Nintendo Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4 are all gaming consoles that are able to stream TV through their wireless connection, so you can download the streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.) and watch your favorite shows and movies through your console.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-quick-remote-control-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money">5 Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology antenna cable cable bill getting rid of cable netflix satellite streaming services tv Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:30:33 +0000 Kyle James 1917303 at http://www.wisebread.com How Family Plans Can Save you TONS http://www.wisebread.com/how-family-plans-can-save-you-tons <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-family-plans-can-save-you-tons" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_watching_tv_90916655.jpg" alt="Learning how family plans can save you tons" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While house phones and cable may be on their way toward obsoletion, the subscription market is booming. You can find a subscription or membership plan for just about anything &mdash; your favorite TV shows, your cell phone, music, and even Uber.</p> <p>While these subscription plans can save consumers money, especially if you switch from a $100 cable bill to a $7.99 Hulu bill, they can still add up. Thankfully, many subscription or membership plans offer discounts for families. Here are the top shareable accounts you can take advantage of to save money.</p> <h2>TV Streaming</h2> <p>There are quite a few TV streaming services available right now. Most of them don't openly advertise a family sharing plan, but you can activate the streaming on multiple devices.</p> <h3>Netflix</h3> <p>Netflix allows users to stream shows on up to six devices, have up to five profiles, and even stream simultaneously on up to four devices at a time. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience" target="_blank">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</a>)</p> <h3>Hulu</h3> <p>Membership can be activated on however many devices you wish, but streaming can only be done on one device at a time.</p> <h3>Amazon Prime</h3> <p>Amazon Prime allows users to add one adult to their account, and have up to four children profiles. Sharing Amazon Prime means the shared user has access to the large library of Prime shows and movies. Two different shows can be streamed at the same time on two different devices.</p> <h3>HBO Now</h3> <p>HBO Now doesn't offer specific rules on sharing, but several devices can use the same HBO account, though simultaneous streaming is limited. Funny enough, HBO CEO Richard Pepler said, &quot;It's not that we're unmindful of it, it just has no impact on the business. In fact, the practice of sharing usernames and passwords serves as a terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers.&quot;</p> <h2>Spotify</h2> <p>Spotify just rolled out its revised family plan in May. It allows you and up to five family members to enjoy a Spotify Premium account for only $14.99 a month. That works out to about $2.50 per person. What is neat about Spotify's family account is that six people are not sharing the same account. Instead, all six individuals in the family get their own premium account, which means they can play their favorite music ad-free and offline.</p> <p>There are some restrictions to Spotify's family plan. All members must reside at the same address, though it is unclear how Spotify enforces this rule. Also, the account head will be billed the $14.99 each month, so you could get stuck with the $14.99 monthly bill if other family members don't pay you their portion.</p> <h2>Uber</h2> <p>Uber launched its Family Profiles in March for select cities. Even though Uber called its new program &quot;Family Profiles,&quot; the company does not discriminate if you add friends or coworkers. Once this feature is more widely available, the profile can include up to 10 riders under one payment option.</p> <p>This makes it easier to arrange rides for college students in other cities or to help older family members who cannot drive to do errands.</p> <h2>Cell Phones</h2> <p>It is no secret that you cell phone providers offer family share plans. Before we got married, my husband and I joined his sister's family plan with Verizon. It was the cheaper alternative to getting on our own plan. Somehow our bill kept growing (because his sister's family was charging us the same amount as their phones, even though they were using premium services). We were able to pay less on our own family plan with T-Mobile.</p> <p>With T-Mobile, we are not on a contract and only pay about $55 for both of us. To get that price, we added my father and sister at $25 per line. With T-Mobile, the phones are pricier, since you are not under a contract. However, there are no extra charges for using too much data or texting. When one of us goes over our allotted data, instead of receiving a hefty charge, our browsing and streaming just slows considerably.</p> <p>Another affordable family plan to consider is<a href="https://www.cricketwireless.com/5for100">Cricket's</a> five lines for $100. The basic plan starts at $40 ($35 after autopay discount). Then you can add on a second line for $30, the third line for $20, the fourth line for $10, and the fifth line should be free. This would equate to $20 per person on the plan (or less, depending on the autopay discount).</p> <h2>Kindle Library</h2> <p>If you share an Amazon Prime account with another adult, they will be able to access the Kindle Owners' Lending Library if they own a Kindle. Even if you do not add on someone to your Amazon Prime account, you can still lend out books to friends and family members, as long as the book has lending rights.</p> <p>Using family plans and sharing accounts is a great way to save money on membership and subscription costs. Just be sure to know the terms and conditions before sharing. Some companies have specific programs designed for family sharing, while others frown upon sharing your password.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to save money on subscription services?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-family-plans-can-save-you-tons">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-to-make-financial-habits-not-goals">Why You Need to Make Financial Habits, Not Goals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living books cell phones family plans music netflix saving money spotify streaming subscription plans tv Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:30:38 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1753338 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_streaming_video_000024578966.jpg" alt="Woman learning tricks for better netflix experience" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the recent price increase of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-employer-benefits-that-can-leave-more-spending-money-in-your-pockets">Netflix standard plan</a> by $1 a month ($8.99 to $9.99) might not seem like a big deal, it certainly can be if you feel you're not using your subscription to its fullest potential. Here are some way to greatly improve your Netflix experience.</p> <h2>1. Access the &quot;Hidden&quot; Stream Manager</h2> <p>One of the most frustrating aspects of Netflix is you're often at the mercy of the quality and speed of your Internet connection. Fortunately, there is a trick to change the quality of your stream to avoid any buffering issues. When streaming Netflix content from a desktop or laptop, access the little-known&nbsp;<a href="http://qz.com/261426/the-hidden-commands-for-diagnosing-and-improving-your-netflix-streaming-quality/">stream manager</a> and use the following keyboard shortcuts to your advantage.</p> <h3>Control + Alt + Shift + S</h3> <p>This will allow you to access the control panel for your video. You can then change the bitrate and CDN (Content Delivery Network) of the stream you're watching. If you're having buffering issues, select the lowest bitrate. Or at the very least, select both available bitrates and your video will stream in-between both selections.</p> <h3>Control + Alt + Shift + D</h3> <p>This allows you to view important statistics about your stream. Things like bitrate, buffering speed, and framerate are displayed. Check out these stats after you change your bitrate to see how it impacts overall performance.</p> <h3>Control + Alt + Shift + L</h3> <p>This will display a record of all the changes you've made to your settings so you can easily track your progress in getting a stream speed that works for you.</p> <h2>2. Reactivate App to Kill Buffering</h2> <p>If you view Netflix via a Smart TV, game console, or Blu-ray player, and are having recurring buffering issues, try deactivating the Netflix app, and then reactivate it again. According to the folks at Netflix, a handy little trick to quickly make this happen is to <a href="https://help.netflix.com/en/node/13815">press the following sequence</a> on your device's controller or remote: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up.</p> <p>After pressing this sequence select, &quot;Sign Out&quot; or &quot;Deactivate,&quot; then simply follow the on-screen instructions to sign back into your Netflix account. In many cases this should solve your buffering issues, especially if you're receiving the &quot;AIP-701&quot; connection error.</p> <h2>3. Know the Right Time to Watch</h2> <p>If you can wait and do your binge watching late in the evening, or in the early morning, your streaming experience will be noticeably better, according to Digital Trends. From their in-depth research, they &quot;discovered that the biggest factor influencing stream quality is <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/getting-hd-netflix/">time of day</a>, and whether that time falls under typical peak hours for watching.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Rate Everything You Watch</h2> <p>By getting into the habit of rating everything you watch on Netflix, the service can better understand the programming that you enjoy. Also, it's worth the effort to complete your &quot;<a href="https://help.netflix.com/en/node/9898">Taste Profile</a>&quot; to better help Netflix make selections that interest you.</p> <h2>5. The Best Netflix Viewing Guide&hellip; EVER</h2> <p>Another one of the complaints that Netflix users have is trying to figure out which programs come and go each month, along with weeding through the large amount of content. I recently discovered a fantastic solution to this problem via an amazingly thorough Reddit forum titled<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/netflixbestof"> NetflixBestOf</a>. It currently has over 287,000 readers and is chock full of information to make your viewing experience more enjoyable.</p> <h2>6. Consider a Netflix Unblocker</h2> <p>While this tip might be not be for everyone, if you're the techy-type, it could be right up your alley. Did you know that Netflix offers different content to different countries? You can tap into that content by using a free Netflix unblocker service like&nbsp;<a href="https://tvunblock.com/">TVUnblock.com</a> or&nbsp;<a href="https://hola.org/">Hola!</a>, which helps you change the DNS address settings of your device to point to their servers. Once this is done, some of your web browsing will be routed to a proxy server which modifies your location and gives you access to Netflix content beyond your borders.</p> <p><em>How are you getting the most out of your Netflix subscription? Is the $1/month increase going to be a deal-breaker for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-free">The 8 Best Ways to Stream TV and Movies for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics">5 Dramatic Vacation Spots for TV and Film Fanatics</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment hacks movies netflix streaming TV shows Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:15:33 +0000 Kyle James 1605756 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Netflix Hacks You Should Know http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-netflix-hacks-you-should-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-netflix-hacks-you-should-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Netflix iPhone.jpg" alt="netflix" title="netflix" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on Netflix hacks to make the most of your account, balancing your side gig with your day job, and how to deal when you're overwhelmed.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://smartycents.com/articles/5-netflix-hacks-to-make-the-most-of-your-account/">5 Netflix Hacks to Make the Most of Your Account (Video)</a> &mdash; Learn how to set up your account so that you'll see the IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores for the shows or movies you're browsing on Netflix. [Smarty Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/balance-a-side-hustle-with-your-day-job">3 Tips to Better Balance a Side Hustle With Your Day Job</a> &mdash; Many people are able to turn their side gigs into a full-time job, but obsessing over leaving your day job can make your time there miserable. Instead, think of it as an investment in yourself and your side hustle. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2014/11/8-simple-tips-help-overwhelmed/">8 Simple Tips to Help You When You're Overwhelmed</a> &mdash; Give yourself a break if you can't deal with something right now. Turn it off, stop thinking about it, and tackle it another day. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/4-unexpected-science-backed-ways-develop-empathy">4 Unexpected (and Science-Backed) Ways to Develop Empathy</a> &mdash; Reading literary fiction makes you put yourself in another person's position, which leads to more empathy and a better understanding of other lives. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">7 Questions That Will Knock the Socks Off Your Interviewer</a> &mdash; Asking why the position is available will help you figure out your expectations for the job &mdash; was the previous employee promoted? Did they leave because there was no opportunity for growth? Or is it a new position that you'll have to navigate on your own? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2014/11/19/1030437_home-eco-friendly-remodeling-ideas.html">15 Eco-Friendly Remodeling Ideas Every Homeowner Should Consider</a> &mdash; Outdoor motion detectors will allow you to have lights when you need them without the cost of keeping them on all night while you're out. [Saving Advice]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/10-erroneous-things-people-actually-believe-about-insurance/">10 Erroneous Things People Actually Believe About Insurance</a> &mdash; Many people believe red cars cost more to insure because they are pulled over for speeding more often. This isn't true; color doesn't factor into the rate calculation. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://simplifiedsaving.com/2014/11/six-simple-steps-to-perfect-turkey-stock">Six Simple Steps to Perfect Turkey Stock</a> &mdash; Start by removing the good meat and placing the skin, fat, loose bones, and turkey frame into a large soup pot. [Simplified Saving]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-make-cranberry-sauce-with-only-3-ingredients">How to Make Cranberry Sauce in 3 Simple Steps</a> &mdash; All you need is cranberries, sugar, and water &mdash; though you can use orange or apple juice instead of water for more flavor. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/4-reasons-you-should-look-into-self-employment.html">4 Reasons You Should Look Into Self-Employment</a> &mdash; One great thing about working for yourself is that you can create your own schedule. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-netflix-hacks-you-should-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips netflix Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:00:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1258336 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tv-watching-5088725-small.jpg" alt="tv" title="tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Cutting the cord&quot; was something only doctors and new fathers used to do. But thanks to the explosion of online streaming content services like Hulu and Netflix, more and more people are saying sayonara to their cable bill.</p> <p>As I learned when I <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/your-cable-bill-is-a-convenience-bill/">tried to cut the cord myself</a>, the big advantage to paying for cable doesn't have anything to do with paying less or accessing only the shows you want to watch. It's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-convenience-is-screwing-your-finances">about convenience</a>. With cable, you turn your TV on and all the shows you know and love are a button press away &mdash; right there on your big screen. (See also: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</a>)</p> <p>Once you move into the world of online streaming, people start to get a little worried. The question I've heard most often is: Will I have to watch on my computer screen? What do I need to watch on my TV? Is it going to be complicated?</p> <p>And I'm here to tell you that no &mdash; when it comes to services like Hulu and Netfix, there are so many options that you'll inevitably find one that works with your current setup so you can enjoy your shows where they're meant to be seen: on your TV.</p> <h2>Start With the Official Sites</h2> <p>It might be overwhelming at first, but what you'll want to do first is check out the device lists for both <a target="_blank" href="https://signup.netflix.com/watch">Netflix</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10932227?sid=976320">Hulu</a>. There are a LOT of TVs, video game systems, and other devices listed that can help you play streaming content on your TV set. Odds are you'll find something you already own on the list. In fact, most people are <a target="_blank" href="http://allthingsd.com/20121204/watching-netflix-on-a-big-screen-youre-probably-on-a-ps3/">already watching Netflix streaming content on their PS3s</a> over their actual computers!</p> <p>If you don't already own a Wii, XBox, Wi-Fi enabled TV or DVD player, or a streaming device like a Roku &mdash; then you'll have to buy one. Or, if worse comes to worst, you can always just hook up your laptop or PC to your TV <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-for-an-hdmi-cable-give-me-a-break">via an HDMI cable</a> and watch your shows that way.</p> <h2>Choose a Device</h2> <p>If you don't own any of the supported devices, then you'll have to make a decision on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-money-on-ipads-iphones-and-macs">which one you want to buy</a>.</p> <p>But if you do want buy a device, first ask yourself if you'll be buying a new TV soon. Most of the new TVs are &quot;smart,&quot; which means they'll automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network and be able to stream Netflix and Hulu, plus content from a lot of other services. That way you don't have to have another &quot;thing&quot; in your TV cabinet &mdash; the TV can do it automatically.</p> <p>Luckily, Hulu and Netflix (and especially Netflix) have been at the forefront of this move to online streaming of content, so they've made sure they are compatible with as wide a range of devices as possible.</p> <p>All you have to do now is login to your account via whichever device you've chosen and &mdash; voila! &mdash; you're ready to go!</p> <h2>Tweak Your Signal</h2> <p>All of this sounds easy enough, right? But there's one more thing you need to double check &mdash; how good your Internet connection is going to be wherever your TV and streaming device is in your place.</p> <p>If you have a device that can connect to an actual hard line (an Ethernet cable), then by all means do that; it'll give you the fastest connection you can get.</p> <p>If not, you'll need to rely on your Wi-Fi connection, which means the closer your Roku/Wii/TV is to your router, the better the connection will be. And the better your connection, the smoother your streaming experience is going to be.</p> <p>For tips on improving your Wi-Fi connection, check out <a target="_blank" href="http://lifehacker.com/306436/top-10-wi+fi-boosts-tweaks-and-apps">Lifehacker's Top 10 Wi-Fi Boosts, Tweaks, and Apps</a>.&nbsp;Because let's face it...no one wants to watch a show with a big BUFFERING icon spinning away in the middle of a nail-biting scene.</p> <p>Once you've got your device connected to your account and have it playing smoothly on your TV, sit back and enjoy watching TV in the post-Cable world!</p> <p><em>Have you &quot;cut the cord?&quot; Was the switch to streaming Internet video easier &mdash; or more difficult &mdash; than you expected?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-quick-remote-control-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money">5 Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology hulu netflix streaming video tv Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:24:36 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 976320 at http://www.wisebread.com Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5443077918_225b1a730e_z.jpg" alt="watching TV" title="watching TV" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cutting the cable TV cord has benefits that go beyond the financial. Sure, you're saving $50 or so a month by going without cable. But there are other good things that happen when you go without cable, many which may not come to mind when you first start thinking about making the move because you're focused on saving money. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a>)</p> <p>There's the obvious satisfaction of &quot;sticking it to The Man&quot; and not having to support a business that won't let you pay for only the stations you want to watch. Other benefits, however, may not be so obvious. But before I get into those, it's worth pointing out that the expected financial savings might not be as good as you might think.</p> <h3>The Somewhat Surprising Reality of Living Without Cable</h3> <p>My family cut cable at our house in early June, mainly as a test run during the slow summer TV season to see if we could live without it. We also wanted to save some money, which I'm quickly realizing is being eaten up by other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cable-tv-is-here-to-stayfor-now">costs that Wise Bread has covered</a>. While our cable bill dropped by $50 a month, we still pay for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">alternatives</a> that don't look like a lot by themselves, but add up.</p> <p>Here are some of them, some of which are one-time expenses and others monthly:</p> <ul> <li>Netflix streaming at $8 per month.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Hulu&nbsp;Plus at $8 per month. We don't have this yet, but I can see it coming in handy in the fall.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Occasional TV series purchase such as &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm,&quot; about $20 a month.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Redbox movie rentals at $1.20 or more each, for maybe five movies a month at $6 total.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Roku box to watch shows, a one-time cost of $100.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Antenna for TV, a one-time cost of $25, though much more can be spent.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>HDMI cable and adapter to hook up computer to TV so online shows can be viewed. A one-time cost of $50.</li> </ul> <p>After spending about $42 a month on shows, I'm only spending $8 less each month than I did with cable. (It's worth noting that we had Netflix streaming when we had cable, and I'm not including our monthly Internet fee because it's an expense we'd have with or without a TV.) Add in the $175 for equipment, and the $8 monthly savings will take almost 22 months (two years!) to pay for it. Then I'll really start saving money.</p> <h3>Benefits of Cutting Cable</h3> <p>Since I'm not saving any money for two years, what do I gain by not having cable TV? A lot, in my view. Here are some benefits.</p> <p><strong>Less Channel Surfing</strong></p> <p>Since we no longer have hundreds of channels to scan, there's less mindless channel surfing and wasting time looking for something to watch. There's something hypnotic about scrolling through channels that's sort of relaxing, but it's also a waste of time that leaves you wondering why you're paying for cable TV if there's nothing on.</p> <p><strong>Paying for What You Want to Watch</strong></p> <p>There's plenty of extra stuff on Netflix and elsewhere in the non-cable world, but it's nice knowing that I'm not paying for a channel that I'll never watch and can instead buy a season of a show I really want to watch. I may not come across a great show by accident, but I'll take that chance.</p> <p><strong>Free Time</strong></p> <p>If we don't know ahead of time what we're going to watch, we're unlikely to turn the TV on. I don't want to make it sound like my family has turned Amish and we're not watching TV at all, or that we've discovered more family time and are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games">playing more board games</a> together and reading more books. But we are finding time to do other things, and my library card is being used more.</p> <p>These are things you can't put a price on, though I suspect that even these may not be enough to prevent us from calling the cable company back in six months when we get tired of missing pro sports.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-online-services-are-worth-paying-for">Which Online Services Are Worth Paying For?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cable-tv-is-here-to-stayfor-now">Cable TV Is Here to Stay...for Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology cutting cable hulu netflix sports Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:36:11 +0000 Aaron Crowe 935252 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Lessons from Netflix's Price Hike http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/4-lessons-from-netflixs-price-hike <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/4-lessons-from-netflixs-price-hike" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/4-lessons-from-netflixs-price-hike</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/4-lessons-from-netflixs-price-hike" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000015922191Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="202" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Was Netflix&rsquo;s decision to increase prices wise?</p> <p>Company execs say, &ldquo;yes.&rdquo; Industry analysts say, &ldquo;no.&rdquo;</p> <p>No matter what you think about the wisdom of the price increase, the move is bold. Less than a year ago, the company raised its base price for DVD + Streaming to $8.99 per month. Now, Netflix is changing its pricing structure so that this option now costs $15.98. At the same time, the company is introducing a DVD-only rate of $7.99 along with a streaming-only price of $7.99.</p> <p>Drawing on statements of Netflix&rsquo;s CEO Reed Hastings and chief service and operations officer Andy Rendich along with reactions of industry analysts and subscribers, here are four key things to consider when plotting a change in pricing.</p> <p><b>1. Market Positioning</b></p> <p>From a marketing perspective, the price increase moved Netflix from a low-cost provider of movies and entertainment to, well, a nebulous, yet-to-be-defined position.</p> <p>Before the change, at $8.99 per month for DVD + Streaming, subscribing to the service was a no-brainer for many customers. The expense was comparable to viewing a movie in the theatres, renting a DVD on a monthly or more frequent basis, or subscribing to basic cable.</p> <p>At the new price points, perceptions change. Customers are more likely to scrutinize their options in order to get access to a fresher and broader selection of content and/or reduce expenses for entertainment. They may opt to rent the occasional DVD from Redbox, or sign up for premium movie channels offered by cable companies.</p> <p>However, price increases can succeed if synced with a redefinition or clarification of the brand and market position. For example, a stationery and gift retailer raised its prices at the same time that the company moved to luxury level of products, retail interiors, and virtual presence. Owner Heidi Kallett said that the change helped her business thrive as a <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/marketing/article/how-to-become-a-premier-local-brand-julie-rains" target="_blank">premier brand</a>.</p> <p><i>Bottom Line</i></p> <p>Be aware of the price schemes offered by your competitors, both direct (e.g., streaming businesses) and indirect (e.g., cable companies). Make sure your price points are aligned with a viable market position. Match price increases with brand elevation.</p> <p><b>2. Cost Control </b></p> <p>According to <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/13/business/la-fi-ct-netflix-20110713" target="_blank">an article in the <i>Los Angeles Times</i></a>, &ldquo;Netflix's chief service and operations officer, Andy Rendich, said the new prices &lsquo;better reflect &hellip; the underlying costs&rsquo; and represent a better value for people who want only DVDs.&rdquo; The implication, then, is that the old pricing did not absorb costs. Plus, the company needed more money to improve quality and volume of streaming selections. Bloomberg.com reports that CEO Reed Hastings stated that the price increase will enable Netflix to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-26/netflix-falls-after-price-increase-reduces-new-customer-growth.html" target="_blank">license &ldquo;amazing new content.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>Customers expect good cost control from their merchants and vendors. They want to see businesses holding prices steady by instituting process improvements and leveraging assets, that is increasing sales volume based on existing resources (such as DVDs and digital content). They also believe that smart execs can predict growth in customer demand, anticipate increases in operational costs, and set prices appropriately.</p> <p>So, frequent, erratically-timed price increases make customers question how expertly the company is making decisions. Well-spaced, periodic changes in prices or regularly timed price increases make more sense to customers as even the savviest of businesses can&rsquo;t keep expenses down forever.</p> <p><i>Bottom Line</i></p> <p>Be discreet about how much information you share about your costs. Introduce price increases at regular intervals to demonstrate a command of your cost structure. Tie price increases to value associated with immediate, rather than anticipated, product innovations.</p> <p><b>3. Market Segmentation </b></p> <p>Netflix seems to have delineated its customer base into three distinct groups:</p> <ol> <li>DVD only;</li> <li>Streaming only;</li> <li>DVD + Streaming.</li> </ol> <p>If the company considers historical consumption, then these segments seem reasonable.</p> <p>What complicates this picture is that customers opt for the best choice offered at the time, rather than enjoying the optimal solution. That is, many customers prefer the convenience of streaming but want the title selection offered by the DVD plan.</p> <p><i>Bottom Line</i></p> <p>Acknowledge that there are many factors affecting customer behavior including how you have structured pricing and deals in the past. Know your customers, and design products and set pricing to serve customers in well-defined market segments.</p> <p><b>4. Customer Value </b></p> <p>The thought process in favor of raising prices is that:</p> <ol> <li>higher revenue per subscriber will offset loss in subscribers;</li> <li>new subscriber growth will continue, adding to the bottom line.</li> </ol> <p>Certainly, there are scenarios in which prices can be increased with little or no change in the number of customers. But this calculation should not be made in a vacuum, ignoring subscriber reaction. Profitability rests on being able to determine how many customers will leave and how many customers will sign on as well as the cost of new customer acquisition.</p> <p><em>Bottom Line</em></p> <p>Be certain that some customers will opt out when you raise prices. Be realistic rather than optimistic when predicting how many customers will stay and how easily you will be able to attract new customers at the higher rate.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/4-lessons-from-netflixs-price-hike">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center cost control customer satisfaction market positioning market segmentation netflix price hike price increase small business Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:47:22 +0000 Julie Rains 658259 at http://www.wisebread.com Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now? http://www.wisebread.com/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mailing_netflix.jpg" alt="Mailing Netflix" title="Mailing Netflix" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I flinched when Netflix raised its monthly rate for DVD + Streaming from $8.99 to $9.99. Briefly I pondered whether I should discontinue one or the other; I decided to stick with the combination service. But when the company <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/235636/netflixs_60_price_hike_youve_gotta_be_kidding_me.html">upped its prices</a> for the same services to $16 (okay, $15.98) just months later, I was upset. The change represents an overall +70% increase in less than a year, making me wonder about the stability of future pricing and rethinking the value of the service altogether. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/party-like-its-1999-the-psychology-of-pricing">The Psychology of Pricing</a>)</p> <h3>Decision: DVD or Streaming?</h3> <p>When I told my family that Netflix prices were increasing, I gave them the option of choosing DVD or Streaming (rather than both). The fast, unanimous decision was &quot;streaming.&quot;</p> <p>The truth is that we use the streaming option more often because of its convenience, despite the deeper selection available on DVD.</p> <p>Still, I am torn. Having never been a big movie-goer, I saw Netflix as my ticket to seeing the movies that I had missed in the past couple of decades, partly because of other priorities and partly because of the expense of viewing first-run movies in the theater. And, after having children, I rarely visited the movie-and-game-rental stores, opting to purchase children&rsquo;s titles like the <a href="http://veggietales.com/">Veggie Tales</a> series and watching these over and over.</p> <p>As my children turned into teenagers, they became more interested in current movies, and I decided I finally had time for them myself. But my first visit to the nearest Blockbuster location became my last, as the store closed soon after my initial rental.</p> <p>Soon, with the help of my youngest son (who has the family&rsquo;s biggest appetite for culture and entertainment), I discovered streaming video. I decided to try Netflix, as its monthly price was below the typical expense of a movie ticket. Since then, we have viewed some movies on DVD, but mostly watched television series and full-length movies through the streaming option. So, when the email about the price increase came, the decision to drop the DVDs was straightforward, based on actual usage rather than predictions of future habits.</p> <h3>Possible Glitch: Cost of Bandwidth</h3> <p>The cost of a subscription to Netflix or a similar service is just one component of a total entertainment package. Expenses for over-the-cap usage of bandwidth can also increase, as Internet service providers move to change how they bill Internet usage (even as they <a href="http://gigaom.com/video/att-bandwidth-cap-netflix/">insist that few customers will be affected</a>). Likewise, those who stream movies to mobile devices may see higher costs associated with <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20079103-94/virgin-mobile-bids-farewell-to-unlimited-data-too/">limited data plans</a>.</p> <p>For now, bandwidth issues may not be a factor affecting expenses. But as consumption-based billing or usage-based billing becomes more prevalent, overall expenses will rise and decisions will become more complicated.</p> <h3>More Entertainment Options</h3> <p>Having been new to streaming content specifically and entertainment options in general, I didn&rsquo;t realize that there were so many choices. According to a Wise Bread post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">ways to watch TV and movies without cable</a> and a recent article by Consumer Reports on <a href="http://news.consumerreports.org/money/2011/07/how-pricier-netflix-stands-up-to-other-options.html">Netflix alternatives</a>, consumers have plenty of choices. Both sources mention <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=13819211">Amazon Prime</a>, which offers free access to thousands of titles as a benefit to its flat-rate membership program for free-and-fast shipping of Amazon.com orders.</p> <p>Even more options for entertainment via DVD and/or streaming:</p> <ul> <li>Watch streaming movies on a pay-per-view plan, rather than unlimited option (great if you watch occasionally)</li> <li>Switch back and forth from streaming-only to DVD-only plans in order to view movies from both categories</li> <li>Rent DVDs at the library (DVDs are free at my library, but the selection is limited)</li> <li>Buy and swap DVDs using PaperbackSwap's sister company <a href="http://www.swapadvd.com/index.php">Swap-A-DVD</a> (I have used Paperback Swap, but not the DVD service)</li> </ul> <p><em>Did the recent Netflix price increase affect you? What is next for you in terms of movie viewing?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies">You Own Your Finances: How Much People Spend to Watch Movies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cheap entertainment movies netflix Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:24:07 +0000 Julie Rains 628360 at http://www.wisebread.com You Own Your Finances: How Much People Spend to Watch Movies http://www.wisebread.com/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/movie_theater_flickr.jpg" alt="Movie theatre" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people falsely assume that living frugally means missing out. True, it takes compromise and adjustments to live simply and conservatively, but the sacrifices are often much less than what people think. Let me illustrate this point with a simple example: movie-watching options.</p> <h2>Movie Theaters</h2> <p>When I was young, I went to the cinema a ton. It just seemed like a good way to kill time. If those $50 million opening box office debuts are any indication, many Americans agree with me. But you've got to wonder, what does $10 times every other weekend add up to? It's $260 a year for 26 movies.</p> <h2>Discounted Movie Tickets</h2> <p>I've seen them at Costco, the apartment complex I used to live at offered them, and my wife's workplace also had a way to get them. It takes a little more work than going to the movie theater and just paying with your credit card, but you are saving quite a bit: $2.50 a pop in my experience. Go this route and your expenses become $195 for the same 26 movies.</p> <h2>On Demand TV</h2> <p>Nowadays, you can order movies right on your television set. The prices are around $2 a pop, so you are only paying $52 for 26 movies a year. Yes, you need to wait a few months, but do you watch movies because they are good, or do you actually watch them because they are new?</p> <h2>Netflix</h2> <p>If you watch more than a few movies a month, then movie costs can go way up. Luckily, you can subscribe to services like Netflix, and for $9, you can watch a practically unlimited amount of movies, soap operas, and other TV shows for the entire month. You can give the service a spin via those <a href="http://couponshoebox.com/shop/netflix-com/">Netflix free trial coupons</a> too, but let's not even count that, because $9 a month is still pretty good, especially considering that some people are able to use this to substitute their $70-a-month cable TV bills.</p> <h2>Redbox</h2> <p>Many grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores have these DVD kiosks where you can rent the newest movies for $1 a night. If you always return the DVD the next day, your movie-every-other-week expense drops down to $26 a year.</p> <h2>Free Redbox</h2> <p>There are actually quite a few <a href="http://couponshoebox.com/shop/redbox-com/">Redbox coupon codes</a> being circulated on the internet, like the code DVDONME, which works once for every credit card that you own. If you are diligent about finding the codes, which is easy with coupon sites these days, then your movie expenses, no matter how many movies you watch, drop down to $0 (or thereabouts).</p> <p>Now you might argue that going to the movie theater is not the same as watching free movies via coupon codes, and it's not. But many people are willing to wait the few extra months if it means saving $500 a year and still be able to watch a movie once a week. $500 may not be a ton to some of you out there, but multiply that by the infinite number of spending decisions that we make, and it quickly adds up. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what's right for you, but how much you save, how much you spend, and how you run your life are personal choices that you have to live with. You may not need the money now, but you might one of these days.</p> <p>Financial decisions may not be easy, but they're completely yours.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-ning">David Ning</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-never-need-to-pay-to-watch-movies-heres-why">You Never Need to Pay to Watch Movies — Here&#039;s Why</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch">6 Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment free movies movies netflix RedBox Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:00:12 +0000 David Ning 271047 at http://www.wisebread.com Life Without Television http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/life-without-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/TV.jpg" alt="" title="So long, television." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I haven't owned a television in over 7 years. I haven't lived in a house with a set in over 5 years. I spend my days largely television-free, and I actually like it.</p> <p>This isn't to say that I don't watch some television shows over the internet. I have to get my Heroes fix somehow. But as someone with an addictive personality, I've found that keeping myself away from the boob tube has kept me happier and healthier.</p> <p>While saving money on a cable bill is a good impetus for some people to cut the cable, I already pay $30 a month for internet, and cable wouldn't cost me that much more; a mere $5.</p> <p>For me, it's not about the money; at least, not directly. It is about the following:</p> <h2>1. Time not spent watching really stupid crap</h2> <p>I'm the kind of person who can veg in front of the television for hours. I'll come home from work, plop down in front of the TV, and before I know it, it's midnight, and I'm rapidly losing IQ points watching local news &mdash; nothing is worse than local television personalities. And that's just with basic television! I shudder to think what would become of me if I had something like HBO. I'd become one with the couch, literally, within a few days.</p> <h2>2. I live by my own schedule</h2> <p>Not having a glowing television beckoning to me allows me the freedom to, say, go on longer walks in the afternoon with my dogs. What's the rush to get back inside? There are no shows that I need to watch. I frequently run into neighbors while strolling around the block who would <strong><em>love to chat</em></strong>, but have to get back to the house before Ghost Whisperer (or whatever) comes on. Sure, you could argue that I could still live by my own schedule if I had a TiVo or other DVR, but the truth is, I'd still be a slave to the shows I recorded. Back when I used to watch TV regularly, I would get so incredibly grumpy if I couldn't make time to see my favorite shows. I don't do that anymore.</p> <h2>3. The joys of radio</h2> <p>I've always liked radio better than television, and I'm happy to live in an area where we have a good public radio station. I enjoy talk radio &mdash; news, interviews, stories. In the same way that books allow your imagination to run wild, radio gives you the words and the freedom to create scenes in your mind. I like that, and I appreciate being able to enjoy a medium that doesn't require more than one of my senses at a time. With the radio on, I can listen to the news and cook dinner without taking my eyes from the stove. I've listened to the presidential and vice presidential debates on the radio this year, and find it to be a more than adequate way to take it all in. (Mind you, I did miss all of the Palin-winks and the frighteningly bright-white Biden teeth, but still.)</p> <h2>4. The joys of reading</h2> <p>I used to enjoy falling asleep in front of the television, but since I don't have one, I like to read in bed until I'm sleepy. Usually, I don't get more than a half hour of reading in before I start to doze off, but I can get through one book a month that way.</p> <h2>5. The joys of the internet</h2> <p>I love the internet &mdash; it's where I get the majority of my news, entertainment, and extracurricular writing. I can watch movies online through Netflix or <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10932227">Hulu</a>, or on my DVD player in my laptop. I've never been one to tout the big screen experience &mdash; to me, seeing a movie on a small screen is just as rewarding as seeing it at the theater. However, watching a movie on my laptop while lounging in bed is not nearly as comfy as watching one on a television from my couch. The result is that while I do catch some TV shows, I watch many fewer than I actually would if I had a TV set up in my living room.</p> <h2>6. No remote controls</h2> <p>I used to get frustrated with my mother's refusal to accept new technology, but I have to admit that the multitude of remote controls in your average living room is baffling to me. Every time I watch a movie at my sister's house, setting up the television, DVD player, and sound system ends up feeling as complicated as performing a live concert. Remote controls are passed around the room like batons as we try to get the picture, balance, and volume JUST right. And one of the remotes is ALWAYS missing. In my house, I don't have a single remote control. Hey, it's hard enough to find my shoes and keys in the morning.</p> <h2>The Downside</h2> <p>I never know what people are talking about when they make inside jokes featuring plotlines from The Office or South Park. I don't watch these shows online because they don't interest me, but if I had a TV, I probably would watch them. So then I would know what people were talking about. But then again, I'd probably never leave the house.</p> <p>I eventually have to explain why I never have a grasp of pop culture, and I hate sounding like one of those self-righteous jerks who never watches TV. I don't avoid TV to be more high-falutin' than other people &mdash; it's just better for me, overall, if I don't.</p> <p>I can't invite people over to watch TV; this is a big season for debate parties, and I can't host one, because no one wants to sit around the radio with me and imagine how angry John McCain looks. Also, watching television or a movie is a nice way to end a date, but I have to skip that and go straight to the making-out part. Awk-ward.</p> <p>I almost never see commercials. And commercials are a lot smarter than they used to be. The internet-TV commercials are exceptionally tame.</p> <p>A picture paints a thousand words. Sometimes, descriptions of events simply can't tell the story the way footage of a suicide bombing or a miraculous rescue after a natural disaster can.</p> <p><em><strong>Do Wise Bread readers watch TV? Do you think it's worthwhile for you and your family?</strong></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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