Want to ditch your cable company to save money, but still watch your favorites? Here’s how to make it happen.
If you pay a monthly cable bill, you’ve probably bemoaned the soaring prices and the lack of choices when it comes to the channels you actually watch versus how many you pay for. In fact, you may find yourself paying for 50 channels you don’t want just to get three you do.That’s why consumers are increasingly ditching cable in favor of streaming TV, which can be much cheaper and still provide all the shows, movies, sporting events and news you like to watch.
GET THE BASIC EQUIPMENT
Before you can start watching TV without cable, you’ll need some basic equipment. To watch streaming content available from providers like Netflix, you’ll need high-speed internet access.
If you have a smart TV (one that connects to the internet or streaming services), you should be able to access streaming content automatically. Most high-end TVs that have been sold in the past few years are “smart.” However, if yours isn’t, you can use an adapting device, such as a Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire Stick, which will allow your TV to access streaming content.
CHOOSE A STREAMING SERVICE
- TV shows and movies: A wide array of binge-worthy TV shows and movies are available through inexpensive services such as Netflix (starting at $7.99 per month), Hulu (also starting at $7.99 per month), or Amazon Prime Video (free with a $119 per year Prime membership).
- Sports: Yes, you can continue watching live sports even without cable. Several streaming services offer sports packages, such as CBS All Access, which includes streaming of all NFL games. With SlingTV, you can choose 20 channels of your choice for $25 a month, including ESPN and ESPN2, and die-hard fanatics can purchase a “Sports Extra” package for even more viewing options.
- News: If you’re a cable news junkie, giving up cable doesn’t mean you have to give up your habit. DIRECTV NOW, the streaming service available from the satellite TV company, offers CNN, FOX News, and other cable news channels as part of its basic package, which includes more than 60 channels and starts at $40 per month. SlingTV also offers a $5 “News Extra” add-on (once you sign up for the $25 monthly package), which includes breaking news from HLN, as well as channels from Europe, India, and more.