All our consultations with customers start with a simple question. “When it comes to TV, is it more important to save the most money on TV or get the most channels?” Answering this question honestly will help you get the best overall value in home entertainment. And getting the best value in home entertainment means you are StreamWise.
Saving the Most Money
Saving the most money on TV starts with figuring out if your home qualfies for an outdoor, HD antenna. If your home does qualify, then you can install an outdoor antenna and get 60+ HD channels for free, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. The cable, satellite, and streaming companies charge you over $20 per month for these free channels.
Keep in mind that an antenna gives you free and legal access to all local NFL games and all the major sports playoffs and finals (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, WTP, etc). As well as free and legal access to all local and national news along with some of the most popular network shows including Chicago Fire, Law and Order, The Voice, 60 Minutes, Young Sheldon, FBI, Blue Bloods, The Amazing Race, The Good Doctor, Celebrity Jeopardy, Abbot Elementary, Bachelor in Paradise, Monarch, Bob’s Burgers etc. You can see a complete list of the 2022 fall lineup for shows for each of the major broadcasters at TVguide.com:
If your home is in a great location for over the air broadcast service, then all the channels above and their most popular shows can be had for free.
Saving the Most Money – FAST
While an HD antenna will get you the most bang for your buck, you can access thousands of free shows and channels via FAST apps. But what does FAST mean? Free, Ad Supported, Tv. SmartTV apps like Pluto and freevee give you access to hundreds of free channels and on demand video. The only catch is the need to watch commercials and have a newer SmartTV or streaming media player hooked up to your TV. Between an antenna and FAST streaming apps, you will have thousands of hours of free TV to watch. In fact, you may never need to pay for TV again.
Getting the Most Shows and Channels
While installing an outdoor antenna will get you access to free TV for life, some families want access to all the best entertainment all of the time anywhere they go. This desire for unlimited content with minimal commercial interuptions can get expensive but if you care about the quality of the stories you see, then you will probably need to stack streaming apps. Stacking is when you have multiple subscription apps. For example, if you subscribe to YouTube.TV, HBO Max, Netflix, Disney+, and Paramount+ at the same time, then you are stacking. Each of these services bills you on a monthly basis and if you are not careful the total price of entertainment will exceed that of traditional cable and satellite TV.
However, you will never run out of things to watch. Last year Netflix spent $17B on creating or licesing new content. Amazon Prime Video spent $13B. Time Warner spent $17B on content, with $1.8B going to HBO MAX originals. Disney will spend a whopping $33B on content, but that does include massive sports rights for their subsidiary companies ESPN and ABC. All of this investment in show creation means more high quality programming available on your living room TV.
Of course, at StreamWise we always recommend the installation of an outdoor antenna, even if you can afford to stack the subscriptions of many apps. Why? Because no matter what happens in your financial life, an antenna will give you free access to the most high quality content for life.