Would giving up my DVR be possible? What would I do without the newest TV shows being available on demand? I’d grown to really like having TV shows I wanted to watch be available whenever I was available to view them. Even though I didn’t think it would be possible, I started to investigate the possibility. What I found surprised me.
NBC has an App and It Has a Lot NBC has an app to watch TV shows through. It keeps 3-4 of the most current versions of many of the more popular NBC shows available to people who want to watch NBC. It is not necessary to prove that you have a cable or pay subscription. NBC also has older content available to watch. I am able to cruise through shows that are what I grew up with.
I had never thought of just waiting and watching an entire season of a show in a weekend, yet I have been able to do this with shows like CSI Miami, The Biggest Loser, Bones and many other popular shows. For less than $10 a month, I can watch shows without commercial interruption, without needing to fast forward through a bunch of special ads or announcements and at my convenience. I don’t have to worry about having to remember to watch a certain number of shows a week. I can watch when I am less busy. Netflix is also click a button easy to start and stop.
HULU has an ad supported free version which has a lot of the popular late night shows available to watch the next day. There are some other things like cartoons and stuff I don’t usually consider watching anyway. Some shows are free but there are a lot of days between its being shown on TV and it becoming available on HULU. There is also HULU plus which at $8 means more shows with less lag time between the networks original showing and the date it becomes available through HULU plus.
ABC has some shows available for free but others one must prove to be a cable subscriber. The shows are commercial laden. If you want to watch the more popular ABC shows they are available with a cable subscription.
If you have a cable subscription FOX allows you to watch TV online the next day, if you don’t have a cable subscription then about a week after the viewing date the TV show is available for viewing for a set time period. It helps you know the length of time it will be available with a countdown times.
CBS randomly offers older shows from a series on its website for free. So it might offer episodes 3, 6, 8, and 10. Or it might not offer it all. How can one maintain watching a series like that? I can’t. Newer shows might be available in 24 hours or might be available in 6-8 days or might not be available at all. I am able to easily drop my cable and DVR as I don’t care so much about shows on CBS. If I had more shows I watched on CBS, it might be problematic.
What I Will Choose to Try
I can choose to subscribe to either Netflix or HULU or I can choose to watch shows online. My solution will be to use a combination of Netflix and online viewing. I also like that I can easily start and stop Netflix.