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Android TV: Is It Worth It?

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Android TV: Is It Worth It?

The big technology to look at these days is the many different kinds of TV streaming services available to you, and it can be tough to figure out which one is the best. Android TV is a popular form of getting more channels and entertainment options in your home, and there’s plenty of reasons why. I’m going to talk about what Android TV offers, as well as why you should consider making use of it. Personally, I have it in my home – I couldn’t be happier with the sheer amount of options I have when it comes to watching TV. It’s not for everybody, though! That’s why I felt it was necessary to write this piece.

What Is It?

If you have an Android phone, picture a cable box that is running on the exact same operating system. Android does a great job of providing the user with stellar performance, but that’s not all a potential consumer is looking at; the selection of movies and shows is important as well. Android TV was introduced to the world in 2014, allowing you to interact with your television in a way you never thought possible. It can be built into TV’s, but there’s also an external box format that many people use as well. An Android TV box allows you to implement the Google Play Store to download apps and other services (like Netflix or Hulu) – it even goes as far as allowing you to download games on your television.

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Voice search is also implemented, allowing you to look up any sort of video you’d like without raising a finger. This is perfect for not only people who are disabled, but it’s also ideal for those that are just plain lazy (and there’s nothing wrong with that). If you love Netflix and wouldn’t mind having it seamlessly implemented into your television routine, Android TV is the best device to be using.

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Is It Expensive?

This is the best part: as compared to many other cable/FiOS providers, it’s relatively cheap. Expenses can build up when you’re using a satellite or cable provider, especially when it comes to watching pay-per-views and shows of that nature. With Android TV, you can pretty much stream with ease from your phone; whether it’s YouTube or the internet, you’ll be able to watch whatever you like. When you take into account that there are so many different apps and other services to use alongside Android TV (and in many cases, free of charge), it’s a deal and a half!

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I haven’t had a large cable bill to complain about in months, and I have Android TV to thank for that. If financial stability is something you’re keen on, as it should be for just about all of us, Android TV can cut your current entertainment bill right in half. I mean, that’s not a promise; but it could happen!

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Joining the Movement

A lot of people have an Android TV box these days so that just goes to show how convenient it can be for everyday use. Why would so many people use it in their homes if the entertainment value wasn’t there? I was skeptical at first, much like you might be; but after using it for myself, I realized the potential was there. Ever since then, I’ve been using Android TV seamlessly. It seems like regardless of what I want to watch, I can do exactly that with this nifty little invention. Joining the movement could very well be the best thing you’ve ever done!

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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