Eliminating cable television and cable landline telephone service, keeping only high speed internet, will save me approximately $65.00 per month. We pay for a boatload of streaming services plus an annual PBS membership fee (which entitles us to stream anything PBS is showing any time). We went from Hulu Plus to Hulu Live so that upped our fee from $11.99 to $39.99. We also have Britbox, Acorn, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video (as part of my Amazon Prime membership which covers just about everything Amazon.) So that’s six different ways to access entertainment.
All of that and nothing to watch. The only reason we have Hulu Live is so my husband can watch the news. What can I say, he likes his half-hour of local news and his half-hour of world news. Any network shows he watches were available on Hulu Plus and he will spend an hour or two in the afternoon watching them – me, never. I have no interest in ‘America’s Got Talent’ (one of my husband’s favs) or ‘Chopped’ or any of the Netflix stand-up comedy shows that he favors.
In the evening we watch tv for approximately 2.5 hours. The only reason I do is because my husband likes me to keep him company. Oy! We are retired, he works part-time from home, we are together pretty much 24/7 – why do I need to keep him company? And yet I do.
Currently we are watching – for the fourth time – the television series “Saving Grace”. Yes, it’s a cop show but so much more. So much more. It’s not the cop/crime part that is important, or even the focal point, but the people and the character of those people, and the big questions that are asked. Honestly, it is not always an easy show to watch, it can be intense but I think it is so worth your time. You can stream it on Hulu.
Another show I would love to be able to watch again is “Homicide: Life on the Streets”. Again, cop show, police procedural but so much more. The plots mostly are there to serve the characters – the character of the characters. It doesn’t matter who done it, what matters is how it affected the people, the characters. And again, big questions are asked, debated, experienced, played out, some answered, some left hanging because such is life.
Because these two shows concern themselves with timeless questions they are timeless in themselves and always relevant. While “Homicide..” is not available “Saving Grace” is – give it a go if you want something a bit thought provoking, and hang on to your emotions because they will be taken for quite a ride!