If you're one of the 70 percent of tablet owners who use their tablets while watching TV several times a week or more, why not skip straight to using your tablet to actually watch TV [source: Nielsen]?
Thanks to a blossoming mobile market that as of 2011 has dropped prices to around $500 and under for most tablets, it's now financially feasible to trade television bills for a tablet with WiFi access. The average television subscriber pays about $75 a month for the service, which means that replacing your TV with a tablet will begin to pay off in about seven months [source: Pepitone]. Major networks like ABC and cable networks like HGTV offer free apps that iPad and Android-system owners can use to view their TV lineups. And with apps like Yahoo! Entertainment, which acts as a free channel guide, you don't have to worry about missing your favorite shows [source: Lakin].