Dreaming the Stream

The website isn’t quite finished yet but almost everyday I run across something relating to streaming TV or getting rid of cable and I think, “that would make a great blog post!”.  So I just need to get started.

My husband and I decided to get rid of cable in the spring of 2017.  At the time, we had 3 kids under 5 and barely had time to watch TV.  Our kids primarily watch PBS kids or Netflix.  We watch a lot of sports and maybe an hour of Netflix a night.  That didn’t warrant an almost $200 cable bill every month.

As long as I could figure out how to watch all our favorite sports (Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, college basketball, college football, Premiere League soccer, and track and field events) I knew we would be good to go.  It took some trial and error at first. However, I think that even in the past year, streaming TV has gotten much easier.  Streaming companies are figuring things out and making everything more customer friendly.

Years ago, streaming was only for the tech savvy.  Today, as long as you know how to operate a smart phone, I am confident that you can get rid of cable.  My kids are now 6, 4 and 1.5.  Even my 1.5 year old knows how to work our TV (yes, I feel a little guilty about that but it just goes to show how easy it is).

The best way to get started is to just jump right in.  To see all the options and my recommendations, go to First things first.

If you don’t have time for that (we are all busy, right?) go to: Just Tell Me What To Do 

Here are the key things you will need to get started:

  • A fast internet connection
  • A TV with an HDMI port (most have these, my TV from 2007 has one)
  • Streaming Device
    • Many local libraries also now have streaming devices, such as a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick available to check out.  This is a great way to see if streaming is going to work for you.
  • Sign up for a Streaming Service
    • Most have a free trial of 7 days.

You can do this!!

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~Katie

 

 

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