Check your games consoles before buying new device
Tony Reilly says that more than 70pc of his TV viewing is from the internet.
His first foray into streaming television from the web began with the Netflix series House of Cards, which he watched with girlfriend Amanda Howe over three nights.
And they are now working their way through the entire Breaking Bad series.
"I prefer now to let a whole series play out and then watch it all together so you get really immersed in it," says Tony.
He uses an Xbox and an Apple Mac to watch TV over the net, and has monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Sky Now.
He also set up his girlfriend's parents with Netflix on their TV, using a Nintendo Wii.
Tony, a technical analyst with a bank who runs theeffect.net website, says you should check your computer games console – if you have one – before buying a new device.
While newer consoles such as the Wii U come pre-loaded with Netflix and similar apps for programme streaming, it's not hard to download them on to older models where they're not pre-installed.
Tony says he used to collect TV box-sets of TV series but wants to sell them and use the proceeds to buy a new Xbox.
He says it makes sense to declutter the hard copies now that you can watch old episodes of hit shows any time on Netflix.
Tony says that while he still enjoys the occasional live TV get-together with family and friend for X Factor or The Great British Bake Off finals, he can see himself moving away from subscription TV altogether thanks to the growing range and convenience of online content.