When we lived overseas, we barely watched television because we didn’t understand the language well enough to enjoy the effort involved. Any time we wanted to veg, we either played a game, read, or popped in a DVD.
Once we returned to the States this past March, though, we were eager to get our hands on the “new” technology that arrived since we last lived in the U.S. Yeah, so some of these options aren’t exactly new anymore — but big picture, things have changed so much so rapidly, and technology provides myriad ways to customize entertainment for each family.
Sure enough, it’s become so much easier and cheaper to enjoy movies, television, and other forms of media — to be honest, I don’t feel like there’s much of a need to have satellite or cable service any more (though I understand there are exceptions).
I’ve mentioned before, both here on Simple Mom and in my book (especially in chapter 4), that we’re not big television watchers. I have no problem with the occasional show or movie, so long as it’s intentional. It’s just that I’d rather do 20 other things with my time.
That said, we do like watching quality entertainment. Here are easy to use (read: you don’t have to be a geek), frugal ways to stream it into your home.