Options for low-cost cable TV: How to slash your bill

Samantha Cossick
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Samantha Cossick
May 21, 2019

When it comes to entertainment, being able to relax on your couch and watch TV in the comfort of your own home is great. However, you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg. If you’re looking for options for low-cost cable TV or seeking other alternatives, here are some to consider.

Consider a “skinny” cable TV package

“Skinny” cable packages or bundles are a great way to get TV options for less. These are often basic or limited packages that just give you the channels you need at a price you can afford. When shopping, look for words like “economy,” “starter” or “basic” in the plan name or description.

For example, Xfinity’s Digital Starter plan comes with 140+ channels, including Nickelodeon, HGTV and ESPN, but only costs $24.99/mo.* to $39.99/mo.* depending on your location. Cable company Cox offers 75+ channels for $25/mo.* as part of their Cox TV Starter plan.

Bundle your options together

If you’re already paying for internet and TV consider a double bundle option or even a triple-play bundle with home phone. Most cable companies offer an incentive to customers to bring all their services together with discounted rates.

In select areas, Xfinity customers can get 60 Mbps internet, plus 10+ channels for only $39.99/mo.* while Cox customers can enjoy 10 Mbps internet and 75+ channels for $44.99/mo.*

When it comes to triple bundles, Ohio provider Buckeye Broadband offers 10 Mbps internet, 30+ channels and home phone for $44.97/mo.* while Suddenlink offers 100 Mbps internet, 225+ channels and home phone for $59.99/mo.* Xfinity offers its X1 Triple Play with 150 Mbps internet and 125+ channels as well as home phone for $79.99/mo.*

Seek alternatives to cable TV

Purchase a digital TV antenna

Gone are the days of adjusting rabbit ears trying to get a signal. New and improved digital TV antennas let you get movies, news, sports and your favorite shows for just the price of equipment.

For a one-time investment, you can enjoy ABC, CBS, FOX, MyNetworkTV, PBS and The CW — plus other channels available within your antenna’s range — for free and in HD. This means you can keep up with your favorite network TV shows without having to pay a monthly fee.

While you can enjoy some local sports and national games with a digital TV antenna, you won’t be able to get around-the-clock sports coverage or out-of-network games like you would with a cable TV subscription.

Cut the cable cord and stream live TV

Streaming services like DIRECTV NOW, Hulu + Live TV and Sling give you live channel options without having a cable subscription. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that streaming TV will require an internet connection and home Wi-Fi.

DIRECT NOW recently raised their prices, meaning it may not be the most economical option for you. Their Plus plan costs $50/mo.* and includes 45+ channels plus HBO — something you won’t get with a cable TV subscription.

Hulu’s Live TV option costs $44.99/mo.* for 60+ channels, including live sports. Sling offers three TV streaming tiers starting at $25/mo.* for 30+ channels, including ESPN, TBS, HGTV, Disney and more.

Another option is to stream On Demand content through a service, such as Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, HBO NOW, Hulu and Netflix. Prices range from $5.99/mo.* to $15.99/mo.*

If you opt for streaming, keep an eye on data caps so you don’t end up costing yourself more in data overage fees each month.

Visit your local library

There’s more to your local library than just books. Many library branches also offer entertainment, such as DVDs of movies, documentaries or TV shows, you can borrow. Visit your local branch today to learn more about their borrowing policy and get set up with a library card.

So, when it comes to low-cost cable TV options, there are plenty of options to help you save money each month on your entertainment. Call one of our TV experts today to learn more about what’s available in your area!

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