Do you know anyone with the New Year’s resolution to save money in 2012? A large part of the cord cutter crowd cancels cable to save money. Here is a gift guide that covers the fundamentals for someone just getting started. I’ll start with the most basic and work up from there.
Netflix Gift Subscription
Netflix has had a few missteps lately but at $7.99 per month their streaming deal is still a bargain. And we must credit Netflix for really kick starting the “cable alternative”movement. You don’t even need anything other than a PC or laptop to watch Netflix. But I’m sure you’re gift recipient will want it on their TV which leads to our next most basic gift idea …..
Roku a bargain at $49 and what I use to get Netflix.. I still think this makes more sense than Boxee or using a game console. Roku designed this to be easy to use..Once it’s installed and configured I don’t think I’ve ever had to touch it except for when I switched internet providers.
OK. So we have our cheap streaming content part handled. On to the absolutely free stuff we can get over the air.
The DB2 shown is a good medium range choice at about $35. This is also the model I used to do my DirecTV to FreeTV project. Some people get by with an indoor antenna. If you are not inclined for a roof climbing venture you can try these first. Almost always an outdoor antenna will outperform indoor however. The old rule about antennas is the bigger the better the higher the better.
A DVR that can record over the air broadcasts can really enhance your experience after canceling cable. Channel Master is better than Tivo because it works without a paid subscription.
The Kindle Fire is expected to take off this Christmas because Amazon priced it at only $199. We’re including it because it plays Netflix. And if you join Amazon prime ($79) you get unlimited free streaming.
And always don’t forget to check cordcutterguide for more tips on TV without Cable.