Cable TV vs...?
Good afternoon board. I very well may have asked this before, but wondering if anyone has any new insights.
I am on island 3-4 months a year in 4-5 week intervals. I am restoring a property on Queen Street in Christiansted. Fortunately, I have been kept busy enough where cable TV has not been a priority (or, for that matter, even owning a TV)
The next time I will be on St. Croix, I will probably be there for 6-10 weeks (hopefully by Nov-Dec). I am hoping to resolve this cable situation while I am there this time. Because I am only there part time, I do not want to pay for an entire year, so I am exploring alternative options.
Here are a few options I would like some opinions on: "snowbird" internet options, internet TV (Netflix, HBO Go, Comcast), Smart TVs, Using a laptop to piggyback programming, Slingbox, or anything else that you have had some success with.
I appreciate all of your thoughts, and have a wonderful day.
netflix and roku. there might be other options?
ustvnow.com for the networks. Free for basic service, $19.95 per month for cable-like service.
Most non-cable, non-satellite solutions require a good internet connection to be really useful.
If you have Dish Network in the states you can install another dish down here and carry your receiver back and forth with you.
I buy programs/episodes from Amazon and can watch when I want. I never liked cable's biz model of bundling, so I'm thrilled with the new and varied options now available as cable options.
I have Amazon Prime and watch a lot of shows and movies for "free" (Amazon Prime costs $79/year). Many networks also stream their shows online for free (e.g. I watch Survivor on CBS.com). I do buy some shows on Amazon and iTunes (e.g. Dexter). I'm not missing anything and probably watch a greater variety now because of all the suggestions Amazon gives me. As Rotorhead mentions, you do need a good internet connection - we use Broadband VI, and I never have a trouble streaming shows, even while my husband is also streaming something.