Tips to Cutting Cable TV
For many families, one of the most outrageous monthly bills goes to the cable or satellite company. Today I wanted to show you alternatives to cable TV and more tips to cutting cable TV so you can save more money each month.
You’ve probably heard of different options that exist to cut cable or satellite, but with so many that now exist, which is best for you? Here’s a guide of streaming services as well as devices that are most popular.
How to get local Channels without cable:
First let’s talk about how to get local channels without cable. It is much easier than you might think. All you need is an antenna to get local channels. Now, it isn’t bunny ears like you might remember using as a child. They are HD antennas. You can buy them on Amazon for a fraction of the price of local stores and you can get HD local channels for free! Yes, for free. Plus the HD antennas look really nice so you don’t have to worry about some metal bunny ears sticking out of your beautiful tv.
If you have a smart TV then you can get them even easier, because smart TVs have an antenna built in. After you unplug from cable, you can immediately get local channels for free in HD through your Smart TV.
How to Ditch Cable TV:
Ok let’s talk about how to ditch cable TV without missing any of your favorite shows. You now know how to get local channels without cable, so let’s talk about how to get all those other channels.
If you have a Smart TV, then you can skip this step. If you don’t have a smart TV, then you will need a small device to help you stream your favorite TV shows to your TV. Here are a
How to Cut Cable TV – Devices you need:
Now you don’t need all of these devices. You just need one to stream your favorite TV shows and help you get rid of cable TV. These devices will help you get alternatives to cable TV so you can stream your favorite TV shows. I wanted to give you a list of them all, so you can pick the one you like the best.
1. Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick.
The Amazon Fire Stick is a smaller device with less storage, but it is portable (so you can take it when you visit Grandma and Grandpa or to a hotel) and less costly. The Amazon fire stick will cost about $50 less up front. I have one and we love it when we travel.
The Amazon fire TV will cost you a bit more up front, but with more storage it might be your best option.
The HDMI plug-in devices range from $49.99-$129.99. This will help you stream TV. Amazon has several on sale and almost every loves their Roku. I bought one for my father a few years ago for Christmas and he still loves it for streaming TV.
3. Blu-ray player with WIFI.
If you want to use a Blu-ray player to stream TV in addition to playing your Blu-ray discs, make sure it has Wi-Fi capabilities (not all do). There are lots of options, starting at around $40 on Amazon and it can help to stream some of your favorite TV shows..
This is a streaming device ($35) that you plug in to the HDMI port on your TV to project content from your phone (think of it as your phone as your remote). You can us this with Netflix, Hulu, Google Play Movies, Playstation Vue, etc. (see below where we talk about how to stream shows to your TV)
3. Apple TV.
With an operating system called tvOS, you have access to streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, iTunes, etc. Apple TV 3 rd Generation starts at $69, and 4 th generation starts at $149 (it’s pretty neat, though, if you’re an Apple fan; it’s got a Siri remote with a touch surface, and easy access to the App store). If you are an Apple Fan, like my family, then I think you will really love this option.
Alternatives to Cable TV:
After a free one month trial, you’ll pay $7.99-11.99 per month depending what options you choose. There are lots of movies and shows (some which are exclusive to Netflix), but there is no live streaming (meaning you cannot watch shows as they air).
2. PlayStation Vue.
You can try Playstation Vue free for 7 days, and then the monthly cost is $49.99-$64.99 (sale running right now for $10 off each plan). This is more like normal cable; shows are live streaming, and you have the ability to DVR and watch OnDemand. This is probably my favorite option because it is the closest to keep that cable experience, but it is also one of the more expensive options.
Vue works with PS3 and PS4 systems, as well as any of the devices listed above. There is no contract, so unlike many cable companies, you’re not locked in if you’re not happy.
3. Sling TV:
Sling TV is a live streaming TV service with OnDemand for $20/month (additional fees for package add-ons). It is cheaper but you cannot DVR shoes and you don’t get as many channels. However, it is still a great option to look into. Xbox One users get a 7 day free trial of Sling TV. Plus if you think you can’t live without DVR, they have a service called 3 day replay which enables you to watch any show that aired within the last 3 days on available channels.
4. HBO NOW.
Maybe you prefer movies and shows like Game of Thrones and could leave the rest. HBO NOW could be a great option for you. For $14.99/month, you can subscribe through your mobile or TV-connected device. They offer a one month free trial to check it out.
5. Amazon Video, through Prime.
If you already have a Prime subscription (If you don’t you can get a 30 day trial for FREE here), make sure you take advantage of Amazon Video – it’s included in your subscription!
It is not live-streaming, but there are lots of TV shows and movies available that you need to be taking advantage of.
Although it’s not a live-streaming service, one of the nice features of Hulu is that current season TV shows are available the next day. It’s just $7.99 a month for the limited commercial option or $11.99 for commercial-free. You can also add Showtime for an additional $8.99/month. Check it out with a 7 day free trial.
Whew… so those are my alternatives to cable TV and how to cut cable TV without missing your favorite TV shows.
Chances are good that one or a combination of these options will offer you at least what your current cable or satellite provider gives you, and you’ll get the service for WAY less. You can save 50% or more of what you are paying for Cable today just by following some of these easy cutting cable TV tips.
What’s not to love about those savings?
Have you cut cable yet? Let us know your tips on how to ditch cable TV without your missing your favorite TV shows in the comments below.