“I watch TV, therefore I am.”
Television has become such an overwhelming deal in people’s lives …
The Nielsen Company says that a typical American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day. That’s equal to 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year. In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube! See more stunning statistics.
Look, life is not TV! I’m interested in something a little more, how about you? Just a personal perspective … I’m for less TV … and better TV which actually adds value to a quality lifestyle.
Thankfully, technology can help us use television and films in a smarter, more intentional way … entertainment, education and information, and inspiration.
The Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is a pretty amazing piece of technology (affiliate link).
Plug this neat little device into an HDMI port on your HD TV, and you can access online television content through your smart phone, tablet or laptop.
Your device is the remote. On-demand when you want it. No wires. No cords. Simple.
Chromecast uses your home wi-fi system and delivers quality video and sound.
People are embracing the “cutting the cord” lifestyle (Lifehacker), ditching cable and satellite TV services. Really, who needs all of that? And who needs the bill?
You can access video through streaming video services like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, Apple TV, Pandora, Hulu Plus or Roku. YouTube itself has a universe of quality content if you’re smart about it.
Our family subscribes to Netflix for $7.99 a month (try it free for a month). We have Roku streaming which is free after purchasing the streaming device. There are subscription channels on Roku which are very reasonable, but we are fine without them — Roku has an amazing amount of content.
Our high-speed internet service is through our cable provider. We have our local network channels through our cable provider primarily for NFL football (everything else on network TV leaves us cold!).
If you’re near a major TV market, you could purchase a HD antenna for probably under $50 and drop paying for local channels (antenna pays for itself and then you have free local channels moving forward).
Try the plug-and-play Chromecast streaming player. It’s a one-time price of $35. And it’s part of a smarter way to watch TV.