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As the Summer of Savings continues, we’re looking at your TV bill today.
We’re answering a question many couples have – are there are good alternatives to cable TV?
While we don’t pay to watch live shows, many couples want to catch them.
The problem is that cable TV seems to be more and more expensive.
Cheaper Cable TV Alternatives
If you’re sick and tired of expensive cable bills, here are some services and negotiation tips you can use to save money.
Free TV with Antenna
Depending on where you live, you can free basic TV service using an antenna. One of the headaches, though, is getting a good signal.
If you’re unsure if going with an antenna is right for you, go ahead and check out this handy at Antenna Web. Put in your address and see what towers are near you.
Even though we have no cable TV, we still like to watch a few shows and movies. We got the Roku last year and really enjoy it.
It’s an easy way to access our entertainment and there is no subscription fee for it.
We bought the Roku 3 on Amazon (sometimes you can get a refurbished one really cheap).
While the Roku has some great and wonderful free channels you can grab, there are some additional services you can pick to enhance and tailor it to your own needs.
If you want to catch current shows, Hulu Plus can be a cheap option.
Plus members can access their content on their electronics such as computers, iPod Touch, Roku, and TV.
Hulu offers less ads for their shows, but they are still included with a paid subscription.
Like Amazon Prime and Netflix, Hulu offers some wonderful original content you might to catch. Check them out here!
Sling works by streaming your favorite television shows through the internet. They have packages with channels such as ESPN, HGTV, and Disney.
You can grab them starting at $20/month and there is no contract. You grab a package based on what you want to watch, instead of shelling out money on TV you won’t use.
Besides the Roku, you can pick up Sling TV on your Amazon Fire, Xbox One, and Nexus Player.
I think this can be a practical option for couples who don’t want to completely cut out their favorite shows.
Try Sling TV free for 7 days to see if it’s the right pick for you.
Thoughts on Cable TV Alternatives
I’d love to hear from you and get your ideas and tips on saving money with TV. How many of you use cable? Who is your provider? What are some of your favorite shows and channels?
If you’re off cable, what differences have you’ve noticed with your schedule? Are you enjoying or do you feel like you’re missing out?