Make Money with Free TV

Free TVPeople who pay for TV are notoriously unhappy with the service they receive.  Whether it’s Comcast, DirecTV or Dish Network, it’s easy to find someone who has had an experience that just makes them loathe the company they used to pay for TV.

Where’s there’s unhappiness and frustration, though, there’s usually opportunity.

Getting TV for free has never been easier or more satisfying — and it’s only going to get better.  I live a good 40 minutes from downtown Atlanta, but I still get more than 30 channels with just an antenna and most of them are in HD.  Plus, over the air (OTA) signals are often better quality than you’d get with cable or satellite.  In other words, I get better TV for free, and most of the people in the U.S. can do the same thing.

If it was easy, though, I wouldn’t be writing this.  Getting things set up is not for the feint of heart.  That’s why there’s money to be made in showing people exactly how to do it.

Set up a site that shows people exactly what to buy and exactly how to set it up.  If you can make it simple, they’ll follow your instructions (and use your affiliate links).

The great thing about this idea is that it has a) evergreen content, b) up-to-date content and c) plenty of high-dollar products to recommend.  You’re going to be recommending solutions that require about $500 in products (based on the situation) and Amazon will pay out 7% once you’re referring about one person/day.  Add in AdSense and another revenue channel or two, and you’re up to $100/day in no time.

Here are a couple of posts to get you started:

Set Up a Geeky Media Center that Non-Geeks Can Actually Use

How Can I Ditch Cable and Watch My TV Shows and Movies Online?

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  • Tech Savy Gal

    February 3, 2011
    at 10:20 pm

    It’s interesting to read your article but I feel like this option you propose is sure limiting the options. With this you are not incorporating the elements outside of TV or the extension of. Comcast has a product called Xfinity that they are slowly releasing that allows customers to have their On Demand and premium movies on their iPhone although they have not quite found a way to release full program accessibility. Dish Network, who I also work for has released the Sling Adapter which is pretty cool and would not work with this type of venture. It allows for customers who need service at home but also travel a lot for business to get use out of their services when abroad. Honestly, having the ability to use your servcies where ever you mobile is resting at the time is really innovative regardless who you are. Getting free TV sounds cool for people who are comfortable in a more simple existence and who don’t require some of the more exotic aspects of technology available these days.


  • Shane

    February 4, 2011
    at 9:10 am

    Thanks for your comment!

    This option is definitely limiting, but not for the reasons you list. There are a number of great ways to get free and premium movies on mobile platforms without using Comcast/Xfinity, and Slingbox works with any setup, including this one.

    The two biggest limitations to this setup are the lack of sports (since so much of the sports programming is on cable) and usability. I’m tech savvy, and it’s still a challenge for me to manage this setup. There is a lot to be said for being able to just plug a box in the wall and go.