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Do you want to know how to save money and cut the cable cord for good? Then you have come to the right place. Right now, you are probably paying upwards to $200 on your cable and internet services. If you are anything like me, then you want to save money.
When I lost my job a few years ago, I had to find ways to cut costs and save money without actually losing any services. That was a very tall order! So, I did some research and found some places that provided online cable such as Playstation Vue, Sling and Directv Now. These services range from $20 up to $70 depending on the packages offered.
Online Cable Providers
The first two providers were immediately available, while the third one didn’t come around until November 2016. All of them are great services and they are all affordable. I have tried all of them and they are all great to try. Another great thing about these services, there are no contracts!
My preferred provider is Directv Now. I feel I get more bang with my buck with them. I pay $35 a month for 60+ channels and they are all the channels I need. Also, they have added local channels to their lineup. The other ones have not upgraded with that feature as of yet.
There are some awesome streaming apps that I love to use when I can’t find something to watch on cable. My top 3 favorites are Netflix, Hulu and CBS Access. Amazon has one but I don’t use it. Each one has a monthly fee from $5.99 to $11.99.
Netflix has their original content along with shows and movies that I want to watch. Hulu has up to date shows like Grey’s Anatomy that appear the day after airing. They also have original content and other shows and movies to watch. CBS Access has my favorite CBS shows, that I miss from time to time, for me to watch at a later time.
Streaming Media Players
In order to use any of these services and apps, you will need a receiver such as the Roku, AppleTV, or Amazon Firestick. They can cost between $20 up to $200. There are no setup fees, no activation fees and no wait times to worry about.
My preferred streaming media player is the Roku. I have found it very user friendly. I like the home screen setup. The remote control is very simple and I am fine with that. My husband uses the AppleTV and I am not a fan of it. He seems to have difficulty using some of the apps with it. He has even gone so far as to use his Iphone as a conduit for it.
The last thing I will suggest to you is the digital antenna. This isn’t a must to buy unless you really want to watch your local channels. I have one and I love it! I only paid $20 for it at Walmart. It’s a TERK Trinity Antenna and I haven’t had any problems with it. There are so many to choose from so I don’t think any brand is any better than the other. Again, you can check the reviews for them if it’s that important to you.
Internete Service Providers
The last last thing to think about is your internet services. In order to comfortably enjoy your streaming fun, you will need a REALLY good internet service. That means you will pay A LOT of money for it. It is worth it, I promise! I have AT&T internet service and my monthly is $130. This includes unlimited usage. I have 3 people in the house, one being a teenager, that use the internet nonstop all day and all night. It’s much cheaper than AT&T charging overage fees every month.
Now that you see what your options are by cutting the cord, let’s break down the estimated costs upfront and monthly:
- Streaming Media Player – $20 – $200
- Digital Antenna – $20
- Online Cable Provider – $20 – $70
- Internet Service Provider – $100 – $130
- Streaming Services – $5.99 – $11.99
When you look at the costs, it can be pretty daunting. What you need to remember is that you control what you want to pay for and when you want to pay it. There are no contracts either! When you look at what you paying right now versus what you could be paying, I think you will like the second option.