Tips for Saving Money on Your Cable Bill
Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 7:00 am
There are a lot of people who have considered “cutting the cord” and ending their subscription to cable television. For many, the main reason is the cost. Few want to pay for channels that they never watch, or pay extra just to get their local news channels. Here are some tips that can help you save money on your cable bill.
How to Save on TV Cable
Install a TV Antenna
Are you someone who just wants to be able to watch their local news? Will you be content with just a couple of channels to choose from? If so, it might be best to cancel your cable subscription and install a TV antenna on your roof. The antenna will legally pick up a few local channels without requiring you to pay for a subscription. That’s how people used to watch TV in the “old days”!
It is important that you do some research in order to figure out what kind of TV antenna you need and where to place it. Be aware that installing the antenna will require someone to stand on a ladder or get on top of your roof.
Free Streaming Services
Hulu.com offers a free option to people who want to watch TV shows on their computers. It is “limited to the PC environment”. In general, Hulu.com offers up to the last five episodes that aired on TV. It streams in standard definition.
YouTube is allowing people to watch full length movies for a one-time fee. The price ranges from $14.99 to $1.99 for newer releases. They also have a selection of full length movies that can be watched for free. The genre, quality, and age of the movie varies.
Some of the websites for individual TV channels will offer some free videos and/or clips for people to view. Typically, the free content doesn’t stick around for very long.
Set Top Boxes
A set top box is a piece of computer hardware that is able to deliver on-demand content from the internet to your TV. If you own an Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, or Nintendo Wii, you may already have access to this type of streaming. You may have to pay for a subscription. It might be less than your cable bill.
Other popular options include Apple TV and Roku. Each enables viewers to access a wide variety of full-length episodes of television programs for free. Some of the content will require a subscription fee, but a lot of it is free to view.
The cost of a subscription to Netflix is likely to be less than your cable bill. Netflix has a ton of content to choose from, including both movies and TV shows. Some set top boxes will let you access Netflix right through them.