Cutting The Cord – A Guide To Saying Goodbye to Cable!
A few months ago I finally made the decision to drop cable, and I don’t regret it at all. With all the alternative choices out there today who needs to pay the cable man anymore. That being said, I hated not being able to buy my own cable box. To me that is the biggest rip off out there, and in turn it was the biggest reason why I left. Why should I be forced to rent your box when there are so many other options available today. This guide is meant for those who are interested in cutting their entertainment bill or who simply want more freedom.
For starters you need an HD Antenna, so you can get your local news and Broadcast Networks. Furthermore, if you don’t watch local news you might not need an HD Antenna. I went with Antennas Direct – ClearStream Eclipse Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna. This antenna works great for me, but the quality of an HD antenna depends on where you live and how far away you are from the TV towers. You will always want to have the antenna pointed in the direction of the towers.
The next thing I recommend is an Hulu account, especially if you love currently running TV show, because most Network shows will be on Hulu the Next Day. Hulu starts at $7.99 with an option to have no commercials for $11.99.
Hulu is great, but it’s also a good idea to add Netflix into your cable substituting life. As I’m sure most of you know Netflix has a huge back catalog of movies and TV shows with some excellent original content like Daredevil and House of Cards. Netflix starts at $7.99 with a 4K option for only $11.99 a month.
Now it’s time for live TV! First up, Sling TV is awesome; and is only $19.99 a month. What’s great about Sling TV is that you get 20 cable stations for only 20 bucks a month. Sling TV offers channels like AMC, History Channel, CNN, Cartoon Network, TNT, ESPN, and more. The only bad thing about Sling TV is that you can’t record, pause, rewind or record. On the other hand you can watch many shows the day after with commercials, but not all. When I first dropped cable Sling TV was the option I chose, but now Sony has a better choice.
Playstation Vue has three plans to choose from with the top plan offering over 100 channels, and the lowest plan offering over 55 channels. Each plan cost $39.99, $44.99, and $54.99, respectfully. Now I know some of you might be thinking; But now I’m almost back up to my cable price. My answer to that is “well not really”. With Playstation Vue you don’t have to pay any rental fees and are sucked into any contracts. That is the main reason why I love this service so much. A word of warning you do need either a Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Amazon Fire TV, Firestick, Chromestick, iPhone and iPad. On top of all that you can also get a select number of local channels, but it depends on your location. So as an example if you live in Houston you will get Dallas local channels.
The Finale Verdict: If you go with the options I went with you will pay $54.99 a month for Elite Vue, $11.99 for Netflix, $11.99 for Hulu, and a one time fee of $69.99 for the antenna (the current price at Best Buy). So, I pay only 78.97 a month, which saves me around $40 to $50 a month. To be this is the best option for kicking the cable guy out of you’re house, and on the bright side you will no longer need any service calls. Everything is super simple to set up and maintain.
If I left anything out or if you have any questions please leave a comment and I’ll answer you as fast as possible.
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