As we all know, netflix raised prices , err I mean, offered its customers more choices recently.
And the TTV secret to saving all that cash is?
Your local public library.
Yes, it’s not glamorous, you don’t get that nice feeling when you open the mailbox to see that little red envelope inside, and you can’t stream from the library.
But what you do get is, a lot more DVDs (and Blu-rays) out at time, and the ability to watch even when you don’t have an internet connection. It’s not for everyone, but for some including us here at TTV, it is great. Oh, did we mention it’s all free.
One caveat, some library systems are better than others. The one in our state is very very good. You can log on to the online system, put movies, tv shows, books, audio books, music CDs in your cue, and [voila!] you are notified when they are delivered to your local branch and ready for pickup.
But what about being able to stream a whole library of TV shows, movies at your fingertips. Oh, if only there was a way to store that DVD from a library onto a device where you could watch it at anytime. Again we aren’t lawyers, but if you save it to a device and then delete it after you watch it, then we would consider that time-shifting or tivo-ing. Who knows that the courts will say, but it’s a much better way then using the torrents we would think. Plus, you’ll want to delete stuff since you’ll need the space for new stuff you haven’t watched.
Of course this strategy isn’t for everyone. If you want to stay up to date on the latest shows and want immediate access to everything then a service like netflix is a good one (we used to use it). If your willing to wait for things to get thru the system, and still have a collection of things you want to watch every night check out your library.
Edit: Another Option
TTV left out this option previously since we didn’t think the content offering was up to par. But Amazon Prime has made strides in getting new content recently, and if you’re not on an Amazon Mom or Amazon Student Prime Membership, it may be worth looking into. So for $79 a year (~$7 a month), you get the Amazon streaming content and 2-day free shipping. We’re big users of Amazon, and had paid for Prime membership even before streaming content was available.
- Free 2-day shipping on most items from amazon with no minimums
- $3.99 1-day per-item shipping
- Streaming movies and television shows
- $79 per year
We would justify the expense of the prime membership with the fact that for gifts and parties we would always procrastinate and have to pay higher prices at the stores. With prime, we would still procrastinate, but be able to get things in time cheaper. It also allows direct shipping to recipients so your birthday and holiday gifts will never be late.