We all have our favorite, must-watch TV shows. If you’re like me, all of these shows are on about 3 different channels. How much are you paying for cable so that you can watch every new episode of Chopped or Fixer Upper? The easy answer is too much! It’s 2016 and you now have many options to save money and watch your favorite shows, without the expense and contract of cable. Below are some helpful tips to follow so you can cut the cord and still enjoy your favorite shows!
- Online Steaming
The online streaming market is constantly growing and constantly giving you more and more options for great TV. With new shows solely being released to these sites, it’s almost mandatory that you have them anyway. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO Go, etc. Many people are paying for all of these services on top of their cable bill. You could subscribe to all of these for less than $50 per month.
- Streaming Sticks
Streaming is practically necessary for TV watching these days. If you are subscribed to any or all of the above, a streaming stick would be a great investment. If you have internet, Chromecast is an easy and cheap device. Plug this into your TV and you can stream anything from your computer or phone to your TV. If you want to turn your TV into a smart TV, go with the Roku. It plugs into your TV and connects directly to your internet. If you have and streaming site, you can maneuver through them directly on your TV with the handy remote. If you want a compromise between the two or are a little more into gaming, check out the Amazon Fire Stick. If you have Amazon Prime and aren’t needing all the bells and whistles of the Roku, this one is for you.
- Sling TV
Starting as low as $20 per month (yes $20!), you can get more than 25 channels. 25 channels may not seem like a lot at first, but if you look at your most watched channels, it probably isn’t more than 10. The basic package gets you many of the most popular channels: HGTV, Food Network, TBS, ESPN, etc. For $5 more you can get over 40 channels. For $40, you can get all of the basic channels they offer. One of the best things about Sling, beyond its incredible pricing, is that they have add-on channel packages. For as little as $5 per month and as much as $15 per month for HBO, you can add a bunch of channel packages. If you really love movies or world news, there are $5 channel packages for each of these. If you’re really into college football and want to have all of the channels, add the $10 sports package. The cherry on top of it all? No contracts. If you only want the sports channels for football season, cancel them as soon as the season is over. If you were to get every extra channel package possible, and the $40 basic package, you would spend less than $160 per month, which is still less than many spend on their cable bill. The key: you need internet, but you’ve probably got that anyway.
- HDTV Antenna
If you are going truly cable-free, you will want to invest in an antenna for your TV. This will allow you to still watch your basic TV channels (NBC, ABS, CBS, etc.) for only the cost of the antenna. Plug this into your TV, find good reception, and you’re good to go!
- None of the Above
If you want to go the extra cheap option, only get internet. Almost all TV shows are put up online on the channel’s website after it airs, so if you’re not in a hurry to watch in real time, save a few bucks and watch it the next day. Bonus, you can skip commercials this way!
Are you still onboard with the cable cord? Why do you stay? If you decided it was finally time to separate, what made you leave and which of these options are you utilizing?