3 Smart Alternatives to Save Money on Cable Television

Are You Ready to Cut the Cord? Consider These Great Alternatives.

There are a lot of reasons why to consider breaking up with your cable TV subscription including rising prices, poor customer service and fee disputes, among others. However, a lot of people cannot imagine their lives without it. For them, cutting the cord is unimaginable.

If you are one of these people, you need to know that your life does not have to revolve around your cable TV. There are some smart and cheaper alternatives that can take its place.

Consider these.

Use a Digital Antenna
You can watch network television for free by getting a digital antenna. If you are thinking about the giant antennas of the past, think again! Today’s antennas are so slim they can fit on your bookshelf.

Consider using the Mohu Leaf, Mohu Curve, Winegard FlatWave Amped and/or ClearStream 2 to get a clear signal from the free network channels. And since the quality of video in an antenna feed is actually a lot better than what you are getting with your cable box, using an antenna really makes a lot of sense.

Go For On-Demand Streaming
Consider paid streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime to watch your favorite shows (both past and current), movies and original hits. You may also consider buying whole episodes of your favorite shows from Amazon or iTunes.

If you decide to choose this alternative, you need to have your own device for on-demand programming. You can buy a set top box such as Apple TV, Roku, or Google’s Chromecast or you may use a gaming console (Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii or Sony Playstation 3) if you already have one.???

Pay Only for What You Need

Some people prefer to get HBO and the most basic of TV on top of their Internet service. While most cable operators do not provide this option, you can try haggling with them to see if they will eventually give in to your request.

Comcast now offers such packages as (“Internet Plus”) to cater to the growing niche of cable-cutting customers. Time Warner Cable (“Starter TV + HBO and an internet plan”), Verizon and AT&T (“HBO Internet Plus”) have also jumped on the bandwagon to serve the needs of this growing niche.