Have you thought about cutting ties with your cable company, but you are unsure of how you will survive without it? I have started considering it because the cost of cable is extremely high and I don’t even watch 80% of the channels. I currently pay $83 a month for my cable. This is an unnecessary expense that I could cut out of my budget. I have done some research on what to do for television if I cut my cable and wanted to share it with you.
One option is to purchase a Roku Box ($59-$99), which allows you to stream over 300 Internet channels to your TV. Here are the channels that are available. There is no monthly fees for this service. Roku also allows you to access Netflix and Hulu Plus. Each of these services provide streaming TV shows and movies for $7.99 a month each. This a substantial savings compared to $83 a month. Plus many of your favorite TV shows that are on cable can be watched through Netflix or Hulu Plus. The only issue with this option is that if you like to watch sports from ESPN you will not be able to stream that live through Roku.
If you are not interested in the channels that Roku offers you can stream Netflix and Hulu Plus through your Wii, Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 game console. There are also many blue ray players that allow you stream these services as well. In addition to streaming Netflix and Hulu Plus to your TV, there also apps for smart phones and tablets that allow you to stream TV shows and movies to these devices with your monthly membership. The only drawback with the Xbox 360 is that you have to pay a monthly or yearly fee for Xbox Live Gold service you use this option. Although, this is the only console that provides access to ESPN3, which provides live streaming of various sporting events. The use of a gaming console or blue ray player seems like the best option because I am not really interested in most of the channels that Roku offers.
You may be thinking this is all fine and dandy, but what about local channels. If you own a HD TV it most likely has an HD tuner, which allows you use an antenna to receive digital channels over the air. Many of the digital channels available over the air will be your local channels. There are many antenna options from indoor to outdoor antennas and most are reasonably priced. Here is a link to Antennaweb which allows you to search for the digital channels that are available in your area over the air.
Unfortunately, if you choose to drop your cable you will still need to pay for Internet to access any of the options described above with the only exception being the local channels over the air. I haven’t dropped my cable yet because I am addicted to ESPN and I am not sure if I can get what I want out of ESPN3. If I could just pay per channel my life would be so much easier, but the Federal Communication Commission won’t allow this to happen. I can dream right!!
Have you cut your cable? If so, how well has worked out?