We have been living without cable for over 4 years and have never looked back. Here is how we went from paying DirectTV over $100/month to $46/month by cutting cable in three easy steps.
Purchase an HD antenna like this one here ($10-30). This allows you to have access to live local channels- news, sports, network TV. It is a one time investment, keep in mind, the better the antenna, the better reliability you will have.
Subscribe to your favorite binge-service like Netflix or Hulu. I love binge-watching TV shows. This service costs us about $11 a month and has SO many shows and movies. Currently watching: Stranger Things, House of Cards, and (I’m always watching) Chelsea. Send me ALL of your recommendations.
Add a live streaming service like Vue TV through Playstation ($30-$65) or Sling TV ($20-$40). We chose Vue and went with the “core” package because it includes additional sports channels (there are 4 levels to this service, depending on the shows and channels you want to watch). Between our antenna and our Playstation Vue, we haven’t missed a game we wanted to watch. If you are a true sports fan, you can look here to see if your games will be available– keep in mind, local games are usually broadcasted on local networks. See * below about Verizon customers streaming NFL games. Vue also has a cloud based “dvr” and access to “on demand” content on networks like ABC and NBC (Hello This is Us). You will definitely want to make sure you have a reliable high speed internet connection as these services rely on streaming.
If you can’t live without your premium channels, you can add these services to your Vue or Sling packages.
Sling– HBO® -$15 CINEMAX -$10 STARZ -$9
Vue– HBO® -$15 SHOWTIME- $10.99 CINEMAX- $15
We recently purchased a smart TV (similar here), but you can access these programs with a Roku. We used the Roku 3 for many years before purchasing our smart TV. If you use a Roku, you can access content through the device (Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora– not many options for live TV other than Sling).
*Also, Verizon Wireless customers can watch NFL games live on smartphones through the NFL Mobile app and go90 without using their data. But, FYI the RedZone channel moves from game to game (as in it does not follow an entire game) and there is a $1.99 per month access fee. I am definitely looking into this!