Much as we want to avoid overexposing our kids to the television, the truth is that most information as well as entertainment nowadays are from the boob tube. We don't read the papers anymore but watch the news on TV. It's a very effective form of information dissemination. However, traditional free TV has a lot of limitations. You only have a few channels to choose from, and the programs may not be the ones that you would enjoy. There are also some moments that you wish you could have more children's shows which your kids could watch. Cable TV, on the other hand, is quite expensive.

An alternative to both free and cable TV is Direct TV. The difference is that Direct TV utilizes a satellite receiver. It is supposed to deliver better images and more choices of channels. And for frugal moms like me, Direct TV is supposed to be cheaper than cable TV, even if it offers more. I'm still researching on it. You may want to check it out.