Living expenses have been on the rise, especially during this period of COVID-19. Due to the economic crises, our incomes are decreasing every month and we can’t help but wonder how to slow down the outflow. Every expense head seems important and compromising on one would mean bringing down the living standards.
We might not be able to help you with all your monthly expenses, but we will certainly help you reduce your cable TV bills, releasing at least one stress from your life. On average, Americans spend $800-$1000 every year on cable TV bills. The question thus arises, Are there TV options other than cable? Or, what is the cheapest way to watch TV? Is it possible to watch TV without cable? We have no intention to complain or leave you hanging with this problem without a solution.
Do you know that you can watch TV without paying a hefty monthly subscription every month? Yes, that is right. Even without cable TV, you will be able to entertain yourself, watch your favorite shows, and save cable TV bills. All that with simple solutions. Here is how you can lower your cable TV bills.
1. Back to the Basics
Let’s get to the basics first. You don’t necessarily have to cut the cable altogether. You can bring the cable bill down without getting rid of it. There’s a family with you, and you’re not alone. The kids want to watch Disney, the wife wants to watch her favorite shows, and you have to watch sports. Fret not, we have a solution.
Cable TV providers offer a range of packages. They range from basics to more lavish ones. Instead of buying large packages, look for the ones that you actually need. Take some time out to figure out your channel requirements and then subscribe to the package. You’ll be surprised to know that you can bring down your cable TV bill to as low as $600 a year. From $1000 to $600, that’s is 40% reduction right there.
You do not have to spend hundreds of bucks every month on services you do not need. Some providers offer amazing services even with their most basic packages. For instance, the standard Spectrum Internet plan costs $49.99 per month and provides speeds up to 100 Mbps, allowing you to stream all your favorite movies and TV shows online and that too in HD.
2. Hold on to the Classics
Technology may have moved on but classics will always be classics. What are we talking about? Remember those old fashioned, funny looking antennas? They did vanish. Wonder why? Cable TV and other providers stormed the market and they looked obsolete. It is not a miracle that they still work. All they do is catch signals and pass them over to your TV. Just so you know, they don’t look anymore.
Those old fashioned antennas took the beating of time and are still alive, you can get them and watch TV. All you have to do is find the one that isn’t funny looking. Once done, install them on the rooftop connect to your TV via cable and you are good to go. They still catch local stations. You will, however, need to watch the list of local channels available on these antennas. Chances are you will find the ones that you are looking for on the list. Once you get the confirmation to go ahead and start saving! Bigger and better!
3. The flow of the streams
You must be thinking that you’ve invested so much in the latest TV model. Now cutting the cable would mean you may be compromising on quality. Worse than that, limiting your entertaining options. Every time a movie is released you will have to go to the cinema and watch it there. Or wait for the DVD to come out. That’s a sorry state of affairs and you will not have to go through it.
We have identified a problem and are in the process of solving it for you. Installing the antenna gives your local stations but what about the shows, movies, and sports? The hint is in the paragraph title. Streaming! Yes, most shows, movies, and other entertainment-related material are streamed. All you need to do is get to the forum that allows you to stream.
There are a few options that you choose from. If you have a smart TV, then it is simple. Look for a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu. If you have an older version, getting a streaming stick will be necessary. There’s a wide variety you can choose from. Lastly, a gaming console. They are a forum that offers applications like Netflix and Hulu. Get one of those, attach to your TV and start watching.
Getting rid of the cable is not easy. It may offer savings but close doors to some entertainment at the same time. Nevertheless, survival is more important than amusement and this year, we just need to survive and fight this global pandemic.