Most of the post's and discussions so far have been about utilizing streaming services to reduce costs.
For several years now I have found for me at least that:
"Thinking outside the box."
I have reduced my monthly cable tv bill by 75.00/month by canceling it.
$75.00 x 12 months =$900.00/year
$900.00 x 10 years=$9,000.00
X 20 years is $18,000.00
That's not even including the yearly potential price increases and additional fees that they keep adding on to the monthly bill.
Can you imagine or realize the tv, projector, AVR, speakers, bluray player, physical media like bluray/dvd movies, concerts, tv shows, documentaries you could have purchased with not even spending that $9,000 total in potential savings ( or TIPS as I call em.)
I can imagine and have continued to realize that if i take the monthly savings of 75/month and put it into my home entertainment savings fund. Instead of giving away my hard earned money to the cable tv company. For mostly IMHO, the luxury of watching tv commercials.
By re investing the savings it has allowed me to purchase a new Atmos and DTS X AVR and new speakers over the last two years. To complete a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS X system. That with each movie that I am experiencing makes my jaw drop.
By re investing the savings it has allowed me to add to my media library. New movies, tv shows, concerts and documentaries. That I want to enjoy. Not the programing that the cable tv company selects for us.
The entire media library titles are cataloged and are all searchable on a free app. By title, decade, action, adventure, comedy, audio, etc. you can even keep track of when you watched it last.
The media library provides the best picture and audio quality available at the time. For me I have more than enough content between my media library. Which also includes a CD collection that I have accumulated throughout many years.
I have an OTA antenna with three Home worx STB models 180 and 130 with DVR capabilities built in. The three STB boxes were 65 for all three. Just plug in a 2TB external hard drive and you can automagically watch your favorite shows at a later time and date.
I do not stream any content using the internet. I have positioned myself in a manor that I would not be effected by any vast price increases or caps that may be used to offset the cost of the declining subscription to cable like tv services. Or subscription services or one time viewing of content costs of streaming services.
I own all my media. I can enjoy them anytime and as many time as I want too.
I find it very enjoyable to make selections from my media library based on what I feel I want to watch at that moment. Sometimes a movie, tv show, concert or documentary.
I also found that my enjoyment of experiencing a movie. The magic or illusion of disappearing into a film for two hours why the world's troubles slowly fades away for a short time has returned.
I find that being able to enjoy a movie as the director intended. Uninterrupted by commercials every 8 minutes and a bunch of them at that. Viewing a movie in it intended and entire original length. Without scenes being removed to stuff in more commercials or fit within a time slot. Has fully returned as I haven't seen a commercial in several years now.
YMMV, it takes a commitment, dedication and willingness to change to ultimately harvest the savings potential.
Future planning for me is to eventually purchase a projector to replace my DLP tv and a potential 120" screen. I have to patiently wait while my TIPS build up in my home theater savings account. Approximately two years or less. Depends on if I go with a screen or painted wall. Leaning toward the wall. Read allot of good things and [email protected]
@king at many posted pictures throughout the forum with very impressive results.
My media library contains many different Original aspect ratios from every decade. Including many films from the 1930's-1950's. A painted wall wouldn't confine me to any particular screen aspect ratio.
This is what has worked for me. If you are [email protected]
@king at reducing your cable tv monthly bill. You may find this post enlightening. YMMV.......
Good luck to all