Never going outside again...

Good morning everyone,

It's going to start out as a nice day with blue skies and warm weather-but there's rain in the forecast later today and it'll continue tomorrow evening. The rest of the week is looking like a mix of sun and cloud with daytime highs between 9C and 13C and overnight lows around 5C.

So, have you heard of Chromecast? It's basically a tiny little device that lets you play videos from your computer or phone on your tv.
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I picked one up for around Y3,000 and after a few missteps got it working. It wasn't that hard either.

Anyway, I watched a Leaf game (that means the Toronto Maple Leafs-my home team in the National Hockey League) last night and it was insanely clear. Apparently, you can watch YouTube on it as well. There are also movie and tv streaming channels like Hulu or Netflix that will let you watch them on your tv.

Up till now, I've kept my cable hook-up because it was so handy for watching shows from back home. But it isn't cheap-I think I pay about Y2,500 a month on cable. It's hard to say exactly how much, because it's bundled with my phone and internet. I never really got too worried about it, because the bundle costs me around Y6,000 per month, which is cheaper than back home although, to be honest, it includes way, way fewer channels-I think my parents cable has around 600-700 channels (no, that's not a typo). Here in Japan, mine has about 30-10 of which are Korean dramas and 2 of which are either pachinko or mahjong...ha ha!

But now that I've got Chromecast (which has no monthly fee), I might have a look at one of those tv streaming sites. They cost anywhere between Y500 to Y1,000 per month, which might be worth it if they include enough shows.

Of course, even if they are expensive, they have the one huge advantage of me being able to choose exactly what I want to watch when I want to watch it. At the moment, I'm at the mercy of the tv execs who make the schedule, so I often watch half a show or sometimes I'll watch the last 15 minutes of a show and then put up with 15 minutes of commercials just to see the first 15 minutes of the next show before heading off to bed. It would make more sense to use one of those streaming sites and just watch the whole 30 minutes of one show (with no annoying infomercials) and then go to bed...hmmm...the more I think about it, the better and better it sounds...

How about you? Have any of you signed up to a streaming service like Hulu or Netflix? Actually, there are so many different services other than those ones, they are just the two I can think of off the top of my head. Anyway, if you've tried one of them, let me know if you think it was worth it or not.

Have a great day!

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