In times gone by, cable TV was the only way to catch up with your favorite shows and watch the occasional movie. And it’s fair to say that almost everyone was in a type of TV prison – you only had the choice of one – or maybe two – Cable TV companies in your area.
The competition was nonexistent, too, which led to higher prices and an increase in poor customer service. These days, however, things are a little different. The advent of new TV devices, the Internet, and online streaming services means there is more choice now for consumers than ever before.
With this in mind, we’re going to take a look at some of the alternatives to expensive cable TV. And, we’re going to show you just how easy it is to make different choices and cut that overpriced cable in your home for good. Let’s take a closer look at some of your options.
Essential TV Hardware
The first step is to understand the type of equipment you need to access free or cheaper TV. An HD antenna should be the starting point. While you won’t be able to stream TV or movies, it will give you access to a whole bunch of the free channels – and all for less than $30-40. If you only watch a little TV for news and sports, this is all you really need, although the channels you can access will depend on your location.
If you want a little more choice, you’ll need some hardware that you can use to access the Internet and streaming services. A smart TV is a great starting point, as many of them come with specialized apps that give you instant access to various services. There are boxes available, too – set-top boxes – Apple TV for example – or streaming sticks such as the Roku or Chromecast Ultra. Finally, you can also connect your home PC or tablet to your TV with an HDMI or DisplayPort cable – and your Playstation or XBox can also do a similar job.
So, once you have the hardware, what sort of services can you access? There are plenty of free videos on the likes of YouTube, too, as well as services such as ShowBox for PC. Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu are all excellent starting points, although you will have to pay a modest monthly fee to access them.
There are also cable replacement services out there, which offer the chance to stream live TV at a much lower price than you will pay for your cable. Sling TV, Playstation Vue, and DirectTV Now are all popular options that help you keep up with a broad range of channels. Fox, CNN, Cartoon Network – most cable replacement services will give you access to these and many more channels.
Finally, it’s worth pointing out that many of the premium TV shows you love to watch – on HBO, for example – will be unavailable on most of the budget streaming services. However, you can still subscribe to services like Showtime Anytime and HBO Now, cut out the middleman and still end up paying less than a cable subscription.
So, there you have it – we hope this post has shown how easy it is to cut the cable TV cord and save big on your monthly spending. Let us know your thoughts!