On Monday, I explained how we cut $600 out of our budget by getting rid of cable. This is the part 2 post that explains how we actually watch what we want to watch.
Lets start with my favorite…
If we purchase…
we purchase all of our movies on iTunes. We do this so they are transferrable to all of our internet devices. If we go on vacation I make sure we have movies moved over to our iPad so I can watch them on the plane. We buy them, download them and move them over to our iPad or iPhone. We plug the device into the T.V. using our Apple Digital AV adapter and an HDMI cord (you probably already have this, you get one or two with your television) and voila…we are watching a movie.
If we rent…
We rent from Amazon Video on Demand. This is a channel offered on the Roku. Its website says its offered on all sorts of devices. You have to sign up or an account and then we just link it to our Amazon account, which we have for our online purchases. We just pick a movie ranging from $1.00 to $4.99 and rent it for usually 48 hours. The great thing about Amazon Video on Demand is that we can watch these movies anywhere. If I come over to your house and you have a streaming device that plays Amazon then I can log onto my account and we can pick from my movies.
We sometimes, but rarely, rent from iTunes. Amazon is literally instant, unlike iTunes where there is a little download time.
Of course, occasionally if we have a free code for Redbox there is one
right by my house. I just have to remember to return them. Here is a great blog that lists tons of free codes to use. You can only use them once but if you and your friend/spouse have an account then you can use it twice.