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  1. Jon Stolpe

    Thanks for the information. I have a question: What do you pay for internet service? Also, do you have any suggestions for getting quality internet at a low price?

    • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

      Those are great questions, Jon!! Our internet costs are high out here, IMHO, because we live in the boonies and only have 1 internet provider choice. We pay $90 a month for internet and land line service. I’d try doing a Google search for “cheap internet providers” and see what comes up for your area. I’d be willing to bet you can find something lower.

    • Deacon Hayes

      We use Cox Communications for internet and pay about $42 per month for up to 15MPS. This is a step up from a the package we used to have for $30. However, the streaming is seamless, and we never have buffering when we watch Netflix now that we have the higher speed.

  2. Abigail @ipickuppennies

    We have both services. They help fill in the gaps, like the fact that Hulu doesn’t work with CBS, SyFy or AMC. We did have the Netflix DVD plan — which really helps the gap issue — but we haven’t been using it enough lately. So, as of this month, we’re streaming only.

    We definitely don’t miss the satellite bill!

    • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

      I can definitely see how having both could be beneficial, and still cheap too!

  3. [email protected]

    We have Netflix’s 7.99 plan and it’s plenty for us because we don’t watch much TV at all these days. There’s too much going on, like med school, my business, and the beans, to spend time watching TV all the time.

    • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

      Us too, Cat. Netflix is enough for the little amount of time that we watch TV. I’d be worried that if we had cable we’d spend more time in front of the tube. 🙂

  4. Lance @ HealthyWealthyIncome

    We use netflix because it has a lot of kids shows and the selection is getting better and better. We’re able to run two devices at once with different shows so you might want to check on that. Usually you can watch CBS and ABC shows a week after they air for free on their apps. NBC usually puts them on the next day and you have the last 5 episodes to watch. Sling isn’t too bad for $20 a month if you need some sports. I picked that up for football season and will cancel it right after. Streaming is the future of all media. We simply don’t watch as much as we used to so streaming is great.

    • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

      Yeah, I got that info from their site – maybe you can run more than one but they just don’t want you to know that. 🙂 I hear you on the streaming thing – with how busy the world is getting, I agree that it’s the way to go.

  5. Gail Peterson

    Where do I find a list of channels for Netflix?

    • Deacon Hayes

      There are not channels on Netflix, but they do have several original shows that you can’t get anywhere else.

  6. Donald Smith

    Our Netflix has gone up to $10.99. I’m thinking about dropping it with them spending big bucks on the Obamas to produce propaganda shows. Does Hulu offer Fox-News?

    • Deacon

      Yes, they do offer Fox News.

  7. Scott W Johnson

    I think both are pretty solid services and combined they both beat the pants off of traditional cable packages.

    • Deacon

      Yes, they are good choices as alternatives for cable. Thanks for your comment!

  8. Nicole

    I have DirecTV now. I like it. There are lots of channels for 40 bucks a month.

    • Deacon

      I’m glad you found something that works for you financially as well as to your viewing satisfaction. Thanks for your comments!

  9. Valerie

    How can I get cheaper WiFi and internet than through my cable?

    I love the info about Netflix and Hulu. Thanks a lot.

    • Deacon

      We have some posts about how you can get internet and WiFi hot spots and pay less. Be sure to check them out so you can save some money. Thanks for your comments!

  10. B Greenwood

    Does any service offer MSNBC, CNN, AND BBC NEWS?

    • Deacon

      You would just have to check them out to see which one has the most channels that you want. 🙂

  11. Ninat

    Where can I find what is actually offered with different tiers of Hulu and also Amazon?

    • Deacon

      I’m not sure if you are asking about what channels are offered or what features. However, if you follow the links in this post, you should be able to check out the channels offered as well as the features of Hulu. For Amazon, I encourage you to go to their site and check it out also. You could make a simple spreadsheet on your computer to get a true comparison of services and prices.

  12. Mary Berg

    Netflix is not what I thought it would be. I’m very new to “cutting the cable” so am still learning, but I’m finding everything just too time consuming to locate. Is Hulu any easier to navigate? Ex. I choose “Television Shows” with Netflix and there are hours of choices and “Alexa find…….” always brings me to Prime where I need a paid subscription. I’m already paying for Amazon or Netflix, why do I need a third provider? I’ve read the article and it seems Hulu commercials or not is just easier for someone who doesn’t want to watch movies.

    • Deacon

      What you need all usually depends on wha you want to watch! You don’t need a third provider if you’re already getting stuff that you’re interested in. Hulu usually runs a bit cheaper, but it may be worth to pay for Netflix if you’re finding more shows you prefer on there.

  13. Jimmy Holliis

    I have a Samsung HD 48″ tv and DSL wifi from our local phone company. We’re currently using Direct/ATT&T for tv service with an HBO add on channel: cost for the total package is $ 186 per/month. The service is called “Total Choice”. I would like to know which of the HuLu or Netflex packages would be the best substitute for what I now have. I also need to know what additional equiptment I will need to purchase to get hooked up, and approximately what that equiptment my cost.

    • Deacon

      Hulu and Netflix require no additional equipment. They just require a subscription to their site! Which one works better for you will depend on what kind of shows you enjoy watching! Try to do some research on each service and see what kind of shows they have and which one works best for you! Best of luck!

  14. Chris Klosterman

    I have a home in Michigan and a cottage in Canada. I have decided to ‘cut the cable’. Will streaming services work in both the US and Canada, equally? Does that equate to two accounts, or one account? Their on-line information does not mention this.

    • Deacon

      Just one account! The only difference is (with Netflix, I’m not sure about Hulu) different shows will be available in different countries. For the most part it’s the same, but some countries will have different shows than others!

  15. Lisa

    Do you need internet or will my mobile data work?

    • Deacon

      Your mobile data will work, but you’ll want to have an unlimited plan or something similar as streaming will take lots of data!

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