Cut The Cord with Cable TV Alternatives
Is it time to Cut the Cord? The average cost of cable TV or satellite such as DirecTV or DISH Network is between $85 – $100 a month. My DirecTV bill is much higher than that, and we don’t even have a big package or premium movie channels such as HBO, Showtime, or Cinemax. It seems like the bill regularly creeps up to astronomical levels, and I have to call and threaten to leave to get it adjusted back to the $50 – $70 range. But, it’s temporary and the high price will be back.
If you’re not quite ready to drop cable or satellite, then read our tips to lower your cable bill, DirecTV bill or DISH Network bill.
With high prices and less entertainment, it’s no wonder people are ready to cut the cord. This year alone, an estimated 6 million people are expected to cut the cord. But, if you’re fed up and you are ready to cut the cord, then check out all of our Cable TV Alternatives.
Free to Air FTW!
First, the easiest Cable TV Alternatives is going Free to Air (FTA) which means installing an antenna. Unlike in the past, you don’t need to install a huge metal monster on your roof. Nowadays, you can grab a cheap, small and easy to install digital indoor antenna. I live way out in the boonies, and my little Leaf antenna actually works! It brings in all the local channels and the picture is wonderful, since everything in transmitted in digital.
Free Cable Alternatives
If you have an internet connection, there are a TON of options that will let you cut the cord and get free digital entertainment as well as low-cost subscriptions. That is, ‘low cost’ compared to a $150 monthly bill.
- Your library!
- Hulu (Get a FREE month of Hulu Plus!)
- Netflix (free month trial here)
Don’t miss the secret Netflix Categories here!
- For these, there’s no special equipment required. There’s also subscriptions available to increase what you can watch and how you can access it.
Initially, cord cutters connected their laptops to a TV which was both inconvenient and — for some — a bit complicated. But now there are many products available to assist with cutting the cord.
Cable TV Alternatives (Paid)
- Amazon Prime Video
- Get HBO, Starz, Showtime free here
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Amazon Fire TV (smart TV)
- Roku streaming stick
- Google Chromecast
Cable Alternative Apps
- DirecTV Now
- YouTube TV
- Sony Playstation VUE
- Hulu with Live TV
- and more
Who knew cutting the cord would be so complicated? You may think these all do the same thing, but they don’t! What’s available on one is likely not available on another, so find out which channels and networks you like and check to see if they’re on the device or app you’re considering.