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How to Get Rid of Cable TV in 2017

A Step-by-Step Guide to Cut the Cord with the Latest Cable TV Alternatives in 2017

For years, the only way to watch the most talked about TV shows and biggest sporting events was with cable TV. But with prices that are increasing at 4 times the rate of inflation, paying well over $100 a month for a huge bundle of channels that I mostly didn’t even watch just didn’t make sense. I knew it was time to cut the cord and get rid of cable TV.

If you’re thinking about getting rid of cable TV too, you’ve come to the right place.

These days, there are several great cable TV alternatives that give you access to all your favorite channels without the high cost, long-term contract, or other drawbacks of traditional cable TV.

I’ve spent literally thousands of hours researching, testing, and reviewing all of the cable TV alternatives out there. I got rid of cable…and I’m never going back. I’m saving about $100 a month since I cut the cord, and you can too!

Believe it or not, getting rid of cable can be easy and it doesn’t require any advanced technical skills. Below, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process, telling you exactly which cable TV alternatives are available, what hardware you’ll need, and how much you can expect to spend (or more accurately, how much you’ll save).

Let’s get started…

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3 Simple Steps to Cut the Cord and Get Rid of Cable TV Forever

1) Choose your streaming service

It’s amazing how many great TV shows, movies, and live sporting events are available to those who cut the cord. Getting rid of cable TV no longer means sacrificing all of your favorite entertainment.

But with so many streaming services to choose from, how can you make sure you’re getting the best one when you cut the cord? I’ve tried just about every major streaming service out there, and I can tell you the pros and cons of them all.

 

Cable TV Alternatives to Keep Your Favorite Channels

First, let’s talk about what I like to call the “cable TV alternatives.” These are the live streaming services that let you watch the most popular pay TV channels — ESPN, AMC, FOX News, HGTV, HBO…you name it — all without a cable TV subscription. The channels are streamed using your internet connection, and you can watch them live on your TV with a streaming player (more on this in step 2), phone, tablet, or computer.

It’s the same channels you get with cable, but there’s no contract (that means you can cancel any time), the packages are usually much cheaper, and you have greater flexibility in how and where you watch TV. And most streaming services offer free trials that let you try out the service for a week or so before you sign up or pay a single cent.

As of right now, there are a few major live streaming services that are great replacements for those looking to cut the cord and get rid of cable TV. These include DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV, fuboTV, and PlayStation Vue. And more of these services are set to come out throughout 2017 as YouTube, Hulu, and others are set to launch their own live streaming cable TV alternatives.

I’ve extensively tested each of these cable replacement services, and while they are very similar, they each have their own unique benefits that make them well suited for different cord cutters. Let’s go over each of them briefly.

 

DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW

Cost: $35/month & up

Free Trial Offer: 7-day free trial

Ideal for: Long-time cable/satellite TV users

DIRECTV NOW is a live streaming service from AT&T that offers subscribers a big selection of channels at a reasonable price. Don’t let the name fool you — this isn’t satellite TV; it’s a streaming app.

The basic ‘Live a Little’ package starts at $35 a month with no contract, and it includes over 60 channels, such as ESPN, AMC, CNN, Disney Channel, FOX News, TBS, TNT, The Weather Channel, and more. Additional channels are available in more expensive packages, including regional sports networks, premium channels, and more.

The reason I believe DIRECTV NOW is well suited for people who have been using cable or satellite TV for a long time is that it offers a big selection of channels and it includes the traditional grid guide for navigating through the channels to find something to watch. So, it kind of feels like cable when you’re using it, but there’s no contract and everything is streamed using your internet connection. This user experience makes it a good fit for those who are just cutting the cord and don’t want to learn a whole new interface.

Check out our DIRECTV NOW review for full details about the service.

Click here to try DIRECTV NOW free for 7 days.

 

Sling TV

Cost: $20/month & up

Free Trial Offer: 7-day free trial

Ideal for: Budget-conscious cord cutters

Sling TV allows subscribers to stream a collection of popular cable channels on their TVs, computers, and mobile devices — all starting at the low price of just $20 a month.

The Sling TV channel lineup includes the usual suspects, so you can watch ESPN, ESPN2, HGTV, TNT, TBS, and many more great channels. You can also add small channel packages onto your subscription based on your areas of interest, creating something not far off from an a la carte experience.

  • Starts as low as $20 a month for about 30 channels
  • Add genre-specific channel packs onto your subscription for $5/month each (Sports, Entertainment, News, Kids, and other add-on packages available)
  • Available on just about every streaming device (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, more), smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • T-Mobile customers get 30% off the basic Orange package — just $14 a month

When it comes to price, no other streaming service matches Sling TV. So if you’re the cord cutter who doesn’t necessarily need a giant package of channels and you’re most interested in keeping your expenses low, Sling TV is worth a look.

Check out our Sling TV review for a complete look at everything the service offers.

Click here to try Sling TV free for 7 days.

 

fuboTV

Cost: $35/month

Free Trial Offer: 7-day free trial

Ideal for: Sports fans

fuboTV was created with the hardcore sports fan in mind. Whether you’re a fan of NFL, college football, MLB, NBA, NHL, golf, soccer, or even niche sports like cycling and horse racing, fuboTV’s wide selection of live sports channels offers a great way to keep up with all the action.

fuboTV is $35 a month, and like other streaming services, there’s no subscription, so you can cancel any time, and it includes popular sports channels like FS1, FS2, FOX, NBCSN, and more. Some of my favorite features of fuboTV include:

  • Regional Sports Networks (FOX Sports, Comcast SportsNet, etc.) are available in most markets so you can follow your local teams
  • Over 50 channels gives you tons of options for following both national and international sports
  • Watch anywhere on just about any device
  • Cloud DVR lets you record games so you can watch on your own schedule
  • Some popular news and entertainment channels (e.g. FX, USA, FOX News, etc.) also included

Our fuboTV review has a complete in-depth analysis of the service, so you can decide if it’s a good solution for you to get rid of cable TV.

Click here to try fuboTV free for 7 days.

 

playstation vue review

PlayStation Vue

Cost: $30/month & up

Free Trial Offer: 5-day free trial

Ideal for: Families with multiple viewers

The last, but not least, of the cable TV alternatives we’ll look at is PlayStation Vue. First, let’s get one thing out of the way — despite its name, you do not need a PlayStation to use this service. It’s available on most devices.

Like the other live streaming services, Vue offers a collection of popular pay TV channels in a no-contract streaming subscription. So, what makes Vue different from its peers?

What I like about PlayStation Vue is it offers a little something for everyone, which makes it ideal for families. Sports fans can get channels like ESPN and MLB Network; news junkies can watch CNN and FOX News; the kids can enjoy Disney Channel; and it also has the most widest availability of local TV channels (CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC in select markets) of its competitors.

Some other reasons Vue is great for families include:

  • Stream on up to 5 devices at once (some restrictions apply)
  • An impressive cloud DVR with great features to eliminate recording conflicts
  • Personalized viewer profiles for personal DVR and customized viewing recommendations

Check out our full PlayStation Vue review for more info.

Click here to try Vue free for 5 days.

 

On-Demand Streaming Services for Binge Watching

In addition to the cable TV alternatives that offer live linear channels, there are also some great subscription-based streaming services that let you watch TV shows and movie on demand on your own schedule. These are the binge-watching streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, and countless others.

Typically, these on-demand streaming services run anywhere from $6 to $12 a month, depending on the features you might choose.

There are hundreds of subscription-based streaming services available, ranging from broad general purpose services like Netflix that offer a little of everything all the way down to very niche apps like Crunchyroll that specialize in anime streaming.

For the purposes of this guide, we’re going to focus on the most popular streaming services with broader appeal for the average viewer.

 

Amazon Prime Instant Video review

Amazon Prime

Cost: $99/year for a full Amazon Prime membership; $9/month for video only

Free Trial Offer: 30-day free trial

Ideal for: Amazon shoppers; Families; Fans of critically acclaimed TV shows and movies

Amazon Prime Instant Video (free 30-day trial) is the company’s streaming service to rival Netflix. It is perhaps the most underrated streaming service out there. And here’s the thing — most people already have it but don’t even realize it.

If you’re a Prime member, you have access to a whole lot more than Amazon’s free two-day shipping (my family gets a ton of use out of the free shipping alone). Prime memberships offer a ton of other benefits, including access to their video streaming service which is loaded with a lot of awesome TV shows and movies.

A lot of people don’t realize just how many great TV shows and movies are available on Amazon Prime. They offer a huge library that includes HBO classics like The Sopranos, The Wire, True Blood, and more; their own original, award-winning programming that rivals anything Netflix is putting out (Transparent, Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, etc.); and a ton of popular current and classic TV shows and movies.

And for those of you who don’t know, Prime customers also get free 2-day shipping on Amazon orders, access to a huge music streaming library, and more. It’s only $99 a year for a full Prime membership, and my membership has paid for itself many times over. Amazon also offers its video streaming service as a standalone option for $9 a month if you aren’t interested in the numerous other Prime membership benefits, but the full Prime membership is just such a better value in my opinion

Click here to try Prime free for 30 days.

 

CBS All Access review

CBS All Access

Cost: $5.99/month & up

Free Trial Offer: 7-day free trial

Ideal for: Fans of hit network TV shows

CBS is typically television’s most watched network. They have hit shows like Criminal Minds, NCIS, and 2 Broke Girls; popular late night talk shows like Late Show with Stephen Colbert; and they also carry premiere sporting events, including college football and NFL.

With CBS All Access, you get full access to the best of what the network has to offer. Their on-demand library includes over 8,500 episodes of their current hit series, past shows, and even classics like I Love Lucy.

And in roughly 80% of markets around the country, All Access also offers live streaming of your local CBS affiliate. So if you live in one of those markets that means you can live stream CBS’ NFL games, college football games, your local news, and everything else that comes on the channel.

CBS All Access starts at $5.99 a month with no contract, but there are some commercials at this price point. For a commercial-free experience, CBS All Access will run you $9.99 monthly.

Check out our complete CBS All Access review for complete details on this streaming service.

Click here to try CBS All Access free for 7 days.

 

hulu review

Hulu

Cost: $7.99/month & up

Free Trial Offer: 7-day free trial

Ideal for: Cord cutters who want to watch current TV shows in season

One of the common complaints about Netflix and other on-demand streaming services is they only have past seasons of shows, meaning you can’t keep up with what’s going on in the current season of a show you like and you have to avoid spoilers.

With Hulu, that’s not the case. Hulu offers a big selection of current major network TV shows (except CBS) and some cable shows as soon as the day after they air. That means you usually don’t have to wait months to stream the shows you’re interested in. Hulu often offers past seasons of the shows it carries, so you can binge them all the way through.

Additionally, Hulu has started to create its own original programming, with critically acclaimed series like The Path, 11.22.63, Casual, The Mindy Project, and more.

Hulu’s basic plan is $7.99 a month, but it does include some commercials. You can ditch the commercials for $11.99 a month. And finally, you can add Showtime’s full streaming library to your subscription for an additional $8.99 each month.

Learn more by reading our full Hulu review.

Click here to try Hulu free for 7 days.

 

netflix

Netflix

Cost: $7.99/month & up

Free Trial Offer: 30-day free trial

Ideal for: Most cord cutters

Netflix has become synonymous with streaming TV. They practically invented it, and they certainly paved the way for all the other streaming services. In short, Netflix is the gold standard of subscription streaming services and it’s a staple for people looking to get rid of cable TV.

With Netflix, you get unlimited streaming of a huge library of TV shows, movies, stand-up comedy specials, and Netflix Originals (e.g House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Stranger Things, and more). In recent years, Netflix has devoted more of its content library to its original series while cutting back on TV shows and movies licensed from other content providers.

Netflix starts as low as $7.99 a month, but this Basic subscription doesn’t come with HD streaming and is generally limited on features. The $9.99 Standard subscription comes with HD and two simultaneous streams, among other features. And finally, the $11.99 Premium subscription offers Ultra HD streaming, up to four simultaneous streams, and the most robust features.

Check out our Netflix review for more information on the service.

Click here to try Netflix free for 30 days.

Don’t Forget Internet

Of course, to use any of these streaming services, you need a good internet connection. Most streaming services recommend your internet speed be at least 5 Mbps per every simultaneous stream in your home. In other words, if you have two people in your house who will be wanting to stream different things at the same time, you’d need an internet connection of 10 Mbps or higher.

You can find the best internet deals by using my internet comparison search tool.


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2) Get a streaming player

A streaming player, such as a Roku or Apple TV, will let you watch streaming services like Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and other cable TV alternatives right on your TV. Think of this as your cable box replacement, only it’s much smaller, gives you access to way more content, and you own it, so say goodbye to equipment rental fees!

Standalone streaming players (also known as set-top boxes) are still the best type of streaming device you can have — better than a gaming console or smart TV (more on these later).

When it comes to streaming players, you have a lot of different choices. Some of the most popular streaming device brands include Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, to name a few. And each of these brands has a number of different streaming devices it has put out.

For the most part, set-top boxes tend to have all of the major streaming services available on their platform. However, when you get into some of the smaller, niche streaming services, app availability could vary by device so that may be worth considering when you get rid of cable.

If you go with any of the current models from the brands listed above, it’s pretty hard to go wrong, but as someone who has tested nearly every streaming player on the market, I have some opinions on them.

Personally, I prefer Roku streaming players over the others for a number of reasons. Roku was named CNET’s “favorite overall streaming platform” over Apple TV and all other streaming players.

The Roku interface is super intuitive and easy to use. You can easily add channels, organize them the way you want, and watch what you want without any fuss. Roku also has a great search feature that lets you enter a TV show or movie you want to watch and it will find which streaming services have it available.

When it comes to app availability, Roku is hard to beat. The streaming player boasts over 3,500 different streaming channels you can choose from, including the major ones like Sling TV, Netflix, and Hulu, as well as thousands of niche streaming services, from WWE Network to Newsy.

Most Rokus come with a remote control that has one-touch buttons for frequently used streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Sling TV; a headphone jack on the remote that allows for private listening so you can watch without disturbing others; and voice search for easily finding your favorite TV shows and movies. Talk about convenient!

Roku streaming players are also super easy to set up. My retired mother-in-law hooked hers up in minutes without even calling me for help. Just plug it into the back of your TV and connect it to the internet to watch your favorite shows, movies, sports, and live events in stunning HD.

As far as which model of Roku is best, it’s really hard to go wrong with any of the current models. The Roku Premiere+ is an incredibly powerful device that offers 4K HDR streaming, fast performance, and an all-around great streaming experience, so it’s probably my favorite of the bunch.

Sling TV regularly offers awesome deals on the Roku devices when you prepay for a few months of service. You can typically get a free or heavily discounted Roku model when you’re a new customer, so make sure to check out their current offers.

RELATED: The Best Streaming Devices of 2017: Who’s the Winner?

What about Smart TVs?

Now, it’s worth noting that many Smart TVs come with streaming apps built into them, so they basically have a streaming player baked into the TV. However, there are some common drawbacks to using your smart TV as your primary streaming player.

First, the app selection typically isn’t anywhere near as extensive as it is with a standalone streaming players, so you might not be able to use some of the streaming services you want on your smart TV.

Second, support for smart TV apps is generally lacking. Streaming apps on smart TVs are often very outdated and buggy. The streaming services just don’t place a priority on keeping their smart TV apps up to date and optimized.

Having said that, not all smart TVs are bad. Personally, I have a Roku TV by TCL that I use in one of the rooms in my house, and as a fan of the standalone Roku streaming players, I’ve been impressed with how well they’ve incorporated their technology into a smart TV.

The other great thing about the Roku TV is it’s dirt cheap. You can snag a 40-inch for around $250, and a 55-inch Roku TV with 4K for under $500. They also have smaller sizes, like a 32-inch model, for bedrooms and other uses.

RELATED: Best Smart TV 2017: Top Smart TV Reviews to Help You Buy Right

 


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Mr. Cable Cutter Recommends: Roku Streaming Players

 


 

3) Select an antenna

 

Another one of the best cable TV alternatives is the tried-and-true antenna. Most people don’t realize just how many FREE TV stations they can get with a quality antenna. When I cut the cord and got my Mohu Leaf 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna, I suddenly had crystal clear access to over 70 stations in my viewing area! Chances are that you’re in range of dozens of great over-the-air (OTA) broadcast channels, including NBC, ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, PBS, ION, and a host of other smaller regional stations. Many of the most popular TV shows, local sports games, and local news come on OTA TV in crystal-clear High Definition. And get this – the broadcasts you can pick up with an HD antenna are HIGHER QUALITY than what cable provides because their broadcasts are compressed! And did I mention these channels are totally free?!

mohu antenna

There are a few things I like about the Mohu Leaf Indoor Antenna. First, it has a unique, stylish design. No more rabbit ears creating an eyesore in your living room. The Leaf is flat and paper-thin, and can be easily installed on your wall (I have mine behind my TV) or window in seconds. You can even paint your Mohu Leaf to match the decor of your space.

But most importantly, the Leaf is powerful and picks up a ton of channels in HD without you having to “point” the antenna in a specific direction. The Leaf 50 that I use picks up broadcast signals from as far as 50 miles away!

winegard flatwaveOf course, Mohu isn’t the only antenna company on the market. So if you’re looking for another option, another great company to check out is Winegard. Winegard makes an antenna called the Flatwave that is comparable to the Mohu Leaf 50.

I’ve tried the Flatwave out and got pretty similar results to the Leaf 50. The antennas actually look pretty similar too, although the Flatwave is a bit more textured. If you want to check out the Winegard Flatwave, click here.

 


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Mr. Cable Cutter Recommends: Mohu Leaf 50

 


 

Bonus Step: Save Money with Internet Service Deals

What about internet? It’s the question I get more than any other. Since internet service is often part of the cable bundle, getting high-speed internet without cable is uncharted territory for many. And if you try to cut cable but keep internet with your current provider, there’s no doubt that it will seem as if you’re going to lose out. So what are you supposed to do if you cut the cord?

Relax…you can get the internet service you need and still come out way ahead. The trick? Compare internet service provider deals in your area.

Regardless of where you live, odds are there’s more than one ISP in your area. So your best bet to save money is to do a little comparison shopping. And the quickest way to do that is with my easy-to-use Internet Deal Comparison Search Tool.

Here’s how it works. Enter your Zip Code and you’ll receive search results from our database of the ISPs in your area with features, speed, and a promo phone number. Give them a call, talk to the sales department for promo deals, and find out the latest internet-only deals they are offering. Make sure to contact all ISPs in your area to get the best price.

Personally, I think DSL Extreme is the best ISP for cord cutters. There’s no data cap, which means you’re able to stream as much as you want with no extra fees, and they have great deals.

Already have internet service? I suggest you call around once a year to make sure you still have the best service available to you. It’s possible that internet promos have changed in your area since you last checked. Use my free Internet Deal Comparison Tool to make sure you get the best prices available to you.

People also often ask about internet speed. I personally recommend you have an internet connection with a minimum download speed of 5 Mbps per streaming user in your household. So, if you have a spouse who will also be streaming Netflix while you’re watching Sling TV, you’ll need an internet connection with at least 10 Mbps download speed. But don’t worry, the average American home has 10 Mbps speed, so you should be fine.

Remember, you don’t have to have a cable bundle to save. The bundle discount will eventually run out, and the savings with it. Compare internet prices in your area and get the best deal by clicking here.


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Mr. Cable Cutter Recommends: Internet Deal Comparison Search Tool

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a whole new world, full of affordable entertainment possibilities for those who cut the cord. But you may have some questions. Here’s a list of the most common questions readers ask me by email. Click a question to see the answer.


What if my home phone service is bundled with my cable TV?

If you need a home phone, I recommend unbundling your phone service from your cable/internet provider and getting Broadvoice instead. Broadvoice (aka Phone Power) is the best option for home phone service for a number of reasons. First off, it’s really cheap, as low as $8.33 a month for unlimited calling within the US and Canada (yes, cheaper than Vonage). They also have an Unlimited World Plus plan for unlimited calling to 75 countries. Broadvoice’s digital phone service lets you make calls with crystal-clear sound quality and reliable performance, delivering features that go far beyond traditional home phone capabilities. You can even take your home phone number with you wherever you go using your smartphone so you never have to miss a call. Finally, you can keep your existing phone number, all with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Click here to learn more about Broadvoice home phone service and use promo code VOIPFAST5 to save an additional $5 . You can also read my full review of the service here.


Can I still DVR TV shows without cable?

Once you get free TV with your antenna, you’ll probably want to record your favorite shows. Luckily, you don’t have to have cable to DVR your live TV. My favorite over-the-air (OTA) DVR is the Tablo. The Tablo allows you to record live antenna TV and stream it to your paired devices (TVs with streaming players, Smartphones, and computers). Learn more about OTA DVR options in this article.


What if I need help installing my antenna and other cord cutting gear?

While all of the cord cutting equipment I recommend is designed for super easy installation, not everyone has the time, physical ability, or desire to install their own antenna or other home theater gear. That’s okay. I recommend finding a top-rated antenna or home theater installer in your area by using Angie’s List.

I’ve used Angie’s List to hire contractors for various jobs around the house, and every experience has been excellent. The thing I love about Angie’s List is that you can browse local, unbiased reviews from real customers to find the very best professionals in your area in just seconds. Unlike free review sites, Angie’s List doesn’t allow anonymous or fake reviews. Just enter “antenna installer” or “home theater installer” in the search bar, and you’ll get to read about other customers’ experiences with each professional, so you can make an informed choice as a consumer. Most of these professionals will have the ability to handle all of your installation needs, from setting up your antenna to mounting your TV and even connecting your streaming device. As an Angie’s List member, you can even get special discounts from highly rated companies!

After 20 years of business, it’s now FREE to join Angie’s List. Every membership includes access to over 10 million verified reviews from paid members. Click here to sign up now and get started.


What about Smart TVs?

If you don’t already have a Smart TV, don’t feel like you need to get one. In general, they’re slow, difficult to navigate, and not very flexible. Sure you might be able to stream Netflix on a smart TV, but what if you want to add other cable TV alternatives like Sling TV, Crackle, or whatever else comes out?
A Roku 3 will do what a Smart TV does but better for less money. In fact, often I’ll recommend that smart TV users get a Roku 3 and stream through it instead of their TV’s user interface. It’s just a better experience all around.

However, if you are intent on purchasing a Smart TV, Roku has begun partnering with TV makers to create smart TVs that run the Roku interface. This will give you a blend of the Roku and Smart TV experiences. Here’s a great example of a Roku Smart TV. You can also check out our full guide to choosing the best smart TV for more info.


Will this work for multiple TVs?

In many cases, one antenna is all you need for a few TVs. Check out my guide to hooking up one antenna to multiple TVs here for a step-by-step walkthrough.

As for the Roku 3, it will only work for one TV. I often recommend that you purchase a Roku 3 for your primary TV, then get Roku 2 devices for the secondary TVs, as they’re cheaper and nearly just as good. The Roku 2 is a solid secondary option for the budget-conscious.

Also, keep in mind that you can get a Roku Stick for free if you sign up for 3 months of Sling TV.


What if I'm not ready or not able to cut the cord?

Look, I’m not going to say that every single person should become a full-fledged cord cutter. The fact is it isn’t an option for everybody to fully cut the cord. Some people are unable to get quality high-speed internet where they live. Others simply can’t give up following a certain show, channel, or sports team that might only be available with pay TV right now.

I get it, believe me. Here’s what I suggest. If completely cutting the cord just isn’t possible right now, consider weaning yourself off of cable. There are a couple of ways you can do this and become what I like to call a “cord compromiser.”

  • Cut back to the cheapest package your cable provider offers, and put some of the savings toward streaming services like Sling TV, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and/or Netflix to supplement your basic cable package.

or

  • Ditch cable TV and go with DirecTV instead. Yes, DirecTV is still a pay TV service, but it’s the best one out there. DirecTV has been rated #1 in customer satisfaction among pay TV providers 14 years in a row, and starting at $19.99 a month, it’s pretty cheap (this is a promotional price that goes up after a year, so be aware). And if you’re a sports fan, you can’t beat DirecTV. Your subscription comes with NFL Sunday Ticket, which gives you access to every game all season long. That alone makes it a better deal than cable! Considering making the switch? Call 888-648-7389 today or click here to learn about the best deals and exclusive DirecTV offers.

What are my cable TV alternatives if I live in a remote area?

If you live in a rural area, enjoying a complete cord cutting experience can be a bit challenging, but there are some suitable alternatives.

For starters, you’ll need a powerful antenna to pick up broadcast signals from far away. I suggest the Mohu Sky. It picks up signals from as far as 60 miles away, and it can easily be mounted on your rooftop or in your attic to get the best possible reception. You should be able to pick up a lot of free over-the-air channels this way (e.g. NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, etc).

High-speed internet access can be the tricky part for rural residents. Many times, it’s not possible to get affordable cable, DSL, or fiber internet in remote areas. In these cases, satellite internet is the next best solution. HughesNet offers highly rated satellite internet service to people all across the US, and their internet packages are typically reasonably priced and suitable for doing some light daily streaming. With speeds up to 10 Mbps, this can be plenty fast for streaming, but you will need to keep an eye on your data cap.

I recommend calling HughesNet at 888-981-5204 and ask for sales to discuss their internet service offerings to see if they have a plan that fits your needs. Their customer service reps typically know about the latest deals and packages that might not be published on their website. Call 888-981-5204 today to speak to a HughesNet sales representative or click here to view their online promotions.


 

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU DID IT!

If you have any questions about getting rid of cable or available cable TV alternatives, then give me a shout. I will get back to you ASAP!

Still reluctant to make the call and cancel cable? Read my article, Top 21 Reasons to Get Rid of Cable Once and For All.”

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