This holiday season, most people are going to be stuck with boring, structured broadcast television. Thankfully, the Internet solves this problem for techy minded folk. But, with so many digital media options out there, which do you choose? This post will go through some of your best options, for the Christmas period.
Television & Movies
You have a host of services available to you for programs and movies. But if you want to do it legally, without breaking the bank, you need some choices! You’ve probably already heard of Netflix.com, and know that they have a great selection. They’re fairly inexpensive, and you can make it cheaper. If you have a friend or family member, it’s cheaper to both contribute to a family account, than to have separate accounts. You can find some great guides at sites like netflixupdate.com, to help you get setup on all of your devices!
Netflix is great for TV but doesn’t always have the movies you want. The answer to this is Amazon Prime. You might be aware of the service because it provides you with free next day delivery on the Amazon site. But, did you know that it also gives you access to thousands of movies and books? It has a fixed price yearly, but if you have a student in the family, you can use their ID number to get a big discount.
Spotify is great for people who want to listen to mainstream music, or who want to find new music easily. They give you weekly playlists with music you haven’t heard, based on what they know you like. Best of all, without extra fees, you can download most songs for offline listening. The monthly fee is about the same as one CD, so it’s great value. And much like Netflix, you can get a family plan, if you know others who are interested.
For those who want to find new music, from small artists, Apple Music is a great choice. They have a good selection of mainstream music, and some artists will use the platform exclusively. It’s compatible with most phones, and pretty much any computer. And, it’s at the same price point as Spotify.
Although they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, video games can make a great replacement for board games. Especially mobile games. The majority of people have a smartphone, and some games only require one device. But, if everyone has compatible phones, you can make the most of huge selections of games. Mobile games are dirt cheap, and loads of them are even free; perfect for low budget entertainment.
On all of the TV, movie and music services I’ve mentioned, you can get a free trial. Spotify has the best options, though. It has a free version, which limits how many times you can listen to a song, and adverts at specific intervals. It also has a paid trial, which gives you a chance to try before you commit. The Netflix and Amazon Prime trials are both a month, but give you unlimited access.
If you plan the trials well, you can get all of these services for free over the whole Christmas period. And forever, if you want to play the system and create new accounts each month. This won’t work all the time, but if you’re desperate for that entertainment, it’s worth a try.
This should give you a good place to start getting the activities for your holidays planned! Remember to do loads of research, if you want to save as much as possible.
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