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July 19, 2015

So many of us are TV junkies.  Growing up in the era before Cable and DVRs, somehow we were able to watch shows live each week.  But life is busy these days and it is hard to watch all the great shows.  Not too long ago, I was shopping my bills and realized by dropping my Cable bill, I could save some significant money.  After doing some research I found three interesting options.

  1. Chromecast by Google.  This is a small device that plugs into the HDMI port on most new TVs.  Using your smartphone, tablet or laptop, you can have Internet programming on your TV screen.  There are no monthly fees for the device itself, but some Internet sites will have subscriptions for content. (Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
  2. Roku has a couple of device options.  Their pricing is higher than the Chromecast, but it is full of additional features.  One model even comes with a Voice Search option.
  3. HD antenna.  Local TV channels are required to broadcast an HD signal.  Antennas from $19-100, allow you to get all your local programming for free.

When my household made the change, one of the concerns by my family was content.  By picking up an inexpensive subscription to Netflix and Hulu, we found that we not only had all our current show needs, but we discovered many new exclusive shows we had never seen.  Do some of your our research and see what SmartMoneyMoves you can make on your TV bill.

Written by: Van Pappas CFP®
Vice President and Private CFO™, oXYGen Financial, Inc.
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Van Pappas

Vice President, Private CFO®

Van Pappas, CFP® - Van is a native of Atlanta. He holds his undergraduate degree in Finance with an emphasis in Real Estate. As a planner for 15 years, he earned his CFP designation from Kaplan University. He is currently the Chairman and founder of the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Downtown Development Authority for the City of Chamblee. In 2012, he noticed the value of helping the X-Y Generations and decided to merge his practice with oXYGen Financial.

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