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Cut Your 200 Dollar Cable TV Bill in Half
With newer TVs and internet streaming devices, you can eliminate expensive cable packages and replace them with cheaper streaming services without losing the channels you love.
By: Rick Bennette
Whether it's cable, phone line or satellite, the companies that deliver the movies and shows we all watch are pushing their rates as high as the market will bear.
Some viewers would be happy with basic cable if it had all the major networks, local channels, weather and news. But weather and national news are usually available only in more costypackages.The cable companies purposely don't include them in the basic package.
All of this came about because cable, phone and satellite companies had the monopoly on the distribution of all those channels. Your only alternative was a TV antenna to receive whatever local channels were close enough to your home. That still works, by the way.
The FCC passed regulations allowing other companies to compete with cable. You still need internet access, because movie channels need a means of delivery into your home. But you can downgrade your 200 dollar a month cable package down to a sub fifty dollar a month internet service without incurring early termination fees.
All the cable providers offer a basic internet package under fifty dollars a month. T-Mobile offers wireless unlimited internet service for fifty dollars a month, but you need strong cellular connection at your home for this to work. The lowest speeds offered by all providers are fast enough so you can watch your movies while the kids watch theirs.
First thing to do is return your cable boxes and end their monthly rental fees. Replace each box with an inexpensive device like an Amazon Fire Stick, a RoKu TV or Apple TV device. Some TVs have these services built in. These incur no monthly rental fees.
Next you need a TV service compatible with your device. On all those devices, some of the channels are free, for some you pay extra.
If all you want is movies, you can get Amazon Prime or Netflix for about fifteen dollars a month. Other services like Sling and YouTube offer local and cable channels cheaper than cable.
If you want local channels, you can purchase a small TV antenna. Depending upon your distance from the TV stations or hills that might block your signal, you can spend as little as thirty dollars on a TV antenna and mount it in your attic out of site. In addition to receiving TV completely free, it won't lose reception during cable and internet outages.
With judicious selection of only channels you want, you can easily save 100 dollars a month off your traditional cable bill.