Cord-Cutter Shows

Okay, I’m going a little off topic here but I thought I’d share some shows that I like that don’t require cable or satellite television services.  About four years ago, I decided to cancel my DirecTV service.  When I called to cancel, they had offered me an amazing deal to retain me as a customer.  It was almost too good of an offer for me to say “no” but I stuck to my guns and decided to become a “cord-cutter”.   I ordered a RokuHD at the time and signed up for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.  All three subscriptions were, and still are, cheaper than my satellite TV subscription.  I also went old school and hooked up an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to receive local channels in HD.  At first, it was a challenge (mostly for my wife) to say goodbye to some of our regularly watched shows.  For me, I missed out on Monday and Thursday NFL games since those weren’t broadcast OTA.  While Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon had limited programming at the time, they’ve done a lot to improve their selection.  Even better, they’ve taken great strides to produce their own shows (similar to what HBO does) and have churned out some quality programming.  Four years ago, cord-cutting was a bit of change for me.  Today, I really think that streaming, on-demand shows are here to stay and we’ll one day wonder why we used a DVR to record TV shows for viewing.

With all of that said, I feel like sharing a short list of shows that I enjoy via streaming.  You may or may not like these but we all have different tastes.  If you have any recommendations, please add them to the comments section.


  1. The Walking Dead  – An obvious cable hit, Netflix has all but the most recent season.  If you can wait for the most recent season to be added to Netflix and avoid any spoilers, you can see this on Netlfix.  If you can’t wait for Netflix, you can purchase the most recent episodes on Amazon Prime.
  2. The Man in the High Castle – I didn’t really know what to expect from this Amazon original series and I’ve never read the book.  This isn’t the best series I’ve seen but I enjoyed watching the first season and I heard that a second season has been approved.  Even better for me is that my kids actually watched this with me and were hooked.
  3. 30 for 30 – If you’re a sports fan, Netflix has a ton of 30 for 30 shows.  Some are better than others but I’ve found a few to be enjoyable.
  4. Bloodline – I haven’t seen the whole season on Netflix yet.  I watched a few episodes but my wife finished it without me.  I haven’t gone back to finish the series but the few episodes I saw were pretty good.
  5. Virunga – Interesting Netflix documentary in Africa showing a part of the world that most of us will never see.
  6. Making a Murderer – I’m a sucker for documentaries and so far this one has my interest.  I haven’t watched all the episodes yet but the first few kept me wanting to watch more.  This is an unbelievable story that I’ve never heard before so I’ll likely be watching the entire season Netflix.

These are just a handful of shows that I’ve found entertaining as a cord-cutter.  I’m sure I missed some but this was a spontaneous blog post so I’m just going from memory here.  Thanks for stopping by.

November 2015 Dividends

As I posted last month my life has been very busy.  It seems even finding time once a month to review my dividends and post to this blog has become a challenge.  Nonetheless, the dividends keep arriving.  My November 2015 dividends ($30.53) nearly doubled my dividends from November 2014 ($15.74).  While I’m glad to see the improvement since last year, I’m really looking forward to December 2015 which is looking like it will be my second best dividend month since I started investing in dividends.

Here’s the breakdown of my November 2015 dividends:

Symbol Dividend
HAS $0.46
KHC $1.32
SBUX $0.10
Symbol Dividend
APPL $3.72
PG $0.69
CLX $5.54
PG $5.39
KHC $6.58
MORL $1.29
HCP $5.44

TOTAL: $30.53