Saturday, November 24, 2012

Not a sports fan? Too bad, you're paying for it anyway.

Well written article about how the cost of sports dominates your cable bill.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Netflix to Premier " House of Cards" in Feb. 2013

Just watched the trailer for HOUSE of CARDS on Netflix. This show looks like a winner. Watch the trailer and judge for yourself. Keep up the good work Netflix, and I'll keep sending you $7.99 a month.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Netflix vs. HBO - Which is the Better Deal?

I have been a big booster for Netflix since the time I decided to go cable free.  With all of the content available both by DVD and by streaming, Netflix helped to ease my family's transition away from cable.  Last year, Netflix caught hell for raising their prices and planning to split the company in two.  Considering that the name of this blog is "Cheaper TV" you would think I would have had a problem with the price increase.  I don't!  While splitting the company in two was bone headed, raising the price simply set the price to where it should be all along.  Here's a simple exercise... compare Netflix to HBO.  For years HBO has charged cable subscribers about $15 on top of their existing bill to access their content.  Of the two, which is a better value for your entertainment buck?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello 2012, Goodbye Universal Sports

Going cable free is hardest on a sports fan...  no ESPN, no Comcast Sports Net, and no Pay-Per-View sporting events.  In the Philadelphia area, there was only one broadcast channel fully committed to sports; Universal Sports. Unfortunately for me and other cable cutters, we woke up to this news this morning:

Over the past year, I've enjoyed Universal Sports.  The programming reminded me of the old ABC show, Wide World of Sports.   Every time I turned to the channel, I was surprised by the variety of sport.  They broadcast less popular sports like marathons, triathlons, figure skating, skiing, gymnastics, track, the Rugby World Cup, women's beach volleyball (my personal favorite), and everything in between.  Recently I heard on the radio that cable subscribers were going to be losing access on 1/1/2012.  They prompted viewers to contact their cable companies to request that they keep it.  I assumed that Universal Sports was raising the rates on the cable companies, but had no idea that it would affect the OTA (free) broadcast.  Obviously I was wrong!  Goodbye Universal Sports... it was great while we had ya!!!