Freeview vs Paid TV

How much DO we actually watch beyond all those Freeview channels we now get and is it worth paying for more?

I recently realised that, although I pay for Sky TV subscription, 99% of what I watch, record, or download from On Demand is from the 5 main and free TV channels. Yes, there's the occasional series I may watch on channels like Sky One, Witness or Atlantic but that's once a year and I'm in a 12 month contract.

The likes of Sky and Virgin (and others) want us and our money, hence the contracts but there are cheaper ways of doing this.

The best option is NOW tv from Sky. Here, you can pay for the entertainment pack which includes channels mentioned above. The best part about this is no contract. You can pay for just one month at a cost of £7.99. More than enough time to watch a box set of your latest favourite series.

Of course, many of us don't bother with paid TV anymore and prefer subscription services like Netflix and Amazon. Both of these offer a huge library of films and TV shows on demand and, again, subscribe or unsubscribe one month at a time.

In a world where the cost of everything goes up, excluding our wages, it's time to take a step back and look at the things we don't need to pay for.

If you have paid TV from Sky, Virgin and the others, have a look at what you've recorded. I bet most of it is from the free channels!

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