Centris, a United States based market research firm estimates that the average USA household could save a huge $840 a year by eliminating the use of cable or satellite TV. That is nearly $1,000 that you could free up. Think about what you could do with that extra cash.
There are so many alternatives to cable too, that you will hardly know it is gone. In fact, the alternatives are so numerous that many experts are questioning the long-term viability of the cable business model.
Eliminate Cable TV
Wouldn’t it be really great? Just think, a world where we are fee of the tyranny of Fox and Comcast. You might still need them for cable internet service, but you can absolutely cut the TV cable and save a bundle doing it.
There are many, many fine and low cost replacements for cable TV.
Here is a throwback to your parent’s day, buy an antenna. For between $30 and $150 you can have an antenna that is vastly superior to those available when the antenna was the only mode of signal reception. The networks are still broadcasting the signals, so why not take advantage? If nothing else, you can use the antenna for your second or third TV or at your vacation cottage.
Another money savings alternative to cable TV is to take a book out of the library and read. Just a thought.
Internet Options to Replace Cable TV
All sorts of internet options exist that you can substitute for your cable TV. I must apologize in advance to my international readers, these options are mostly based in the USA. A quick Google search should yield plenty of local options for those outside the States.
There are literally millions of hours of TV, daily news, live sports and standup comedy available over the internet. The major networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC all make at least part of their programing available some of the time.
The Daily Show, one of my personal favorites, is also available on line.
Finding Movies on the Internet
If you are looking for even more TV choices as well as movies, you can go to iTunes, and/or Amazon Instant Videos. Both of these offer some content for free and even more for a small charge.
Netflix is another site that offers both TV and movies. They charge $7.99 per month. Hulu has a similar service to Netflix, for free, but with fewer offerings. Hula Plus, the big brother to Hulu, rivals Netflix and is also $7.99 per month.
InternetTV is free. This source is great for news. It also offers a long list of other programs in a number of different languages. You can also find National Geographic and Animal Planet on InternetTV.
One weak spot in cable TV alternatives is sports viewing. If you are a sports junkie, you may find it difficult to go without the offerings on cable TV.
ESPN3 and ESPN.go both have constant sports offerings but there is no guarantee that you will be able to find the exact team or sporting event that you seek.
You can go to the individual league to find your game. MLB.tv for example, will let you watch all the baseball you can stand, but you will have to pay for the privilege. Their premium offering is $24.99 per month.
Go Fly a Kite
One last way to replace cable TV with a lower cost alternative is something I learned while traveling in Indonesia. Instead of watching anything, go out on your front porch. Talk to the neighbors. The kids in Java all used to fly kites. Maybe you could go fly a kite with your kid.
Again, just a thought.
Cable TV is expensive. If you eliminate cable, you can save you a bundle. Even without the myriad of alternatives, you should consider getting rid of it. With all the free and low cost alternatives to cable TV, there is just no reason to keep it.
Go ahead. Cut the cable!