As a new month begins, for many consumers, the flipping of the calendar page coincides with the arrival of bills in the mailbox. While it’s a painful monthly ritual to write those checks each month to the electric, water, and phone companies, those services are what makes modern life possible. Though interestingly enough, the highest bill to come this week may not be for one of those absolute essentials, but rather for pay-TV. While television is also a component of modern life, it certainly doesn’t rank as high as a resource like running water, nor is it in constant use like electricity. Yet averaging $86 a month, and topping triple digits for many consumers, if you stop and think about it in perspective, we pay a lot for TV!
When you stop to write that check to your local cable company, you may ask yourself what exactly you’re paying for, and whether you’re getting your money’s worth in a given month. There’s nothing wrong with having a few favorite shows that you don’t want to miss, or including a few TV newscasts in your daily routine, but as you pay that bill, many are raising the question: why don’t you just watch online? You may have an answer for that, but let’s run through some of the most common ones.
My shows aren’t available online.
Are you sure about that? You may just be surprised. According to a study by KPMG, 94% of the most popular movies, and 85% of the most popular TV shows were available online as of December 2013, and it’s likely that those percentages will only rise with time. The true problem isn’t that certain content isn’t available online, it’s that consumers often don’t no where to find it. Was that show on YouTube? Netflix? Maybe the network’s website? Sometimes it just takes a little looking around. And what’s not available for free can almost always be purchased or rented from sites like Amazon, iTunes, Walmart’s Vudu, and other sources.
Purchased? Won’t that get expensive if I have to buy the shows I watch?
Take another look at that cable bill and ask again. With most consumers paying upwards of $80 a month for pay-TV, writing a check to the cable company is more than likely the most expensive way to get those shows! Renting a single episode of a TV show from an online source can cost as little as $0.99, with most falling between $2 and $4 each. That means that for less than the price you’re paying for cable, you could watch between 20 and 40 episodes of premium television shows! And considering that many shows are available from other sources for free, you likely won’t even have to spend that. Subscriptions to services like Amazon Prime or Netflix can widen your selection even further while saving you even more.
What about breaking news or live events? I need to keep up on these things!
If you think you need to pay for cable to have access to 24/7 news networks, think again! The web is home to dozens of news sources, many of which run 24/7 and can be accessed for free! Some of them are unique to the web, but run by the same news organizations that deliver your cable news, like CBSN and MSNBC Shift. Others are the exact same networks as you would see them with a TV subscription, like Bloomberg and Al Jazeera. Live concerts and sports are also frequently streamed online, but much like TV shows and movies, they can come from a variety of sources. The biggest challenge tends to be that they’re hard to find, not that they aren’t available.
If everything is hard to find, isn’t it easier just to pay a single bill for cable?
That’s where Rabbit TV Plus comes in! We’ve recognized that very problem and set out to solve it. We bring all of this content from all of those different sources together in one easy interface, making it accessible from all locations and devices with Internet access. If you know the name of a TV show or movie you want to see, all you have to do is type it in, and Rabbit TV will take you to it, wherever it can be found on the web. The service also includes an always up-to-date calendar of live events that are streamed online. Rabbit TV even makes purchasing content that isn’t available for free a breeze, with price comparisons from multiple sources, as well as options for watching with other subscription services. If you think paying one bill a month is easy, you only have to pay for Rabbit TV Plus once a year! And costing just $10 for a whole year of service, you’ll never have to sweat over another budget-busting bill next month.