Update: Amazon Offering Chromecast for $30 Black Friday Plus $6 In Google Play Store Credits! Poll- Has Anyone Here Cut Their Cable and/or Land Line Phone?
Just saw that Amazon is offering the Chromecast for $30 for Black Friday Today and giving $6 in Google Play Store Credits making the Chromecast an absolute no brainer steal stocking stuffer- Here’s the Deal At Amazon
For $30 this is something that will have huge impact. I freakin love mine!
My guess is that anyone under the age of 30 either laughs or looks puzzled at why anyone would pay for a Land Line telephone or cable.
Reading the last couple years about online services like Hulu for $8/mo and Netflix for $8/mo there are whole slews of great television programming for tiny fractions of what you pay for traditional Comcast cable.
Yesterday I got the $35 Chromecast which plugs into the HDMI port on the back of your TV. It allows for wifi streaming Television programming from your smartphone or tablet of Netflix or Hulu Plus programming to your TV.
The amount of network and cable shows that are available through these two services are astounding and way more than I’d ever be able to watch.
The one thing that you don’t get is local cable which admittedly is a big deal for a lot of people (not for me though and I suspect not for a lot of younger people who laugh at the idea of being tied to the exorbitant cable tv package plans).
I used The Chromecast with Netflix yesterday. It took me less than two minutes to set up and was set up in three crazy simple steps. I mean so easy my mom could figure it out.
I was always skeptical of these things because the video streams wirelessly from your internet and I figured that the picture would be compromised but the picture was insanely clear. The show I watched was crystal clear. I could pause and resume using my iPad as the remote and watch without commercials. And it remembers where you left off watching a show and you can pick it up watching it on your iPad, smartphone or on your TV.
So if you buy the $35 Chromecast (one time purchase) and sign up for $8/mo Netflix and $8/mo Hulu Plus. You could completely kick your cable bill to the curb. Of course you still need internet service.
As for local cable channels which I recognize is hugely important to some people there are still OTA (over the air) antenna sold that will pick up local channels. I don’t know how effective they are and I’d love to hear from people that have gone this route. These over the air antenna are smaller and sleeker and look like mini sculptures-
Here’s an example of one of these OTA antenna, the Mohu curve–
So if you can pay $35 once for the Chromecast and $16 a month for Netflix and Hulu Plus and $52 for the Mohu Curve which gets you local OTA channels and after that one initial outlay you’re only into it for $16 a month.
To me it’s a no brainer because I get my news on the internet.
Do you know people who have eliminated home phone line and/or cable tv in favor of cell phones and/or streaming tv services like netflix or hulu plus?