There's got to be an easier way right?
With the rising costs of cable television, any way to cut the cord and not have to pay an arm and leg seems to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for so many consumers. Internet-based television options as well as satellite services have recognized this consumer demand and have answered it. However, despite their best efforts to create cheaper price tags and bills that won't make your heart stop. Upon conducting trial runs and examining system requirements needed to have these alternative solutions running smoothly could add up to cost around the same price or more than cable.
Cable promotional prices are temporary. The proof is in the name.
One of the biggest pitfalls of acquiring cable services is that after the promotional pricing, period has come to an end. Bills which at times come up to a little more than $100, could escalate to grand totals of around $50 or more. A lot depends on the length of cable wire, which would have to be utilized to carry out the service to the consumers.
$20 a month or less of TV sounds good, but what about the costs to get things going? I guess someone forgot to mention that...
The natural response to seeing an astronomical bill would be to cut off the service and go along with alternatives such as Sling TV or Hulu. Which is fine since no one wants to pay a bundle for cable. But, before doing anything hasty, let's stop and consider all the ramifications to this major decision.
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These cheaper alternatives require one major element to be functional, a reliable fast connection to the Internet. Why you may ask? Well for the simple reason that all programs will be viewable through streaming. Not having a fast Internet connection could result in lengthy buffering times. Which would turn television / movie viewing into a stressful activity and not a relaxing one.
Upon first glance, one would think that just getting Internet service would be cheaper than bundling it with cable and a land line. The sad reality is farthest from the truth. In most cases just Internet service could end up costing more. This is a clever marketing technique cable providers use to rope consumers into signing up for the Internet, cable and a land line. Which is good for business, but bad for customers who are trying to reduce their bill and find a way out. The harsh reality of the situation can more likely resemble a double-edged sword than anything else.
There is the satellite...
The second option which would help avoid paying for the high-speed Internet essential for streaming channels is none other than the satellite TV solution. Nevertheless, an element that could definitely create technical difficulties is one of the most natural hindrances we have to deal with on a daily basis. This is none other than the weather. Sadly, tumultuous weather which is at risk of happening practically year-round can put a damper into your viewing pleasure.
All types of viewers aren't created equal.
It seems as if the only reliable solution for television not prone to constant interruptions is a cable provider. But, don't fret it isn't all that bad. There ways to avoid the feeling of dread as you slowly pry open the bill from hell. The steps that can be taken to decrease or get rid of the cable company all together will depend on each families viewing habits.
Keep the channels you watch and get rid of those you don't.
There are hundreds of channels to choose from, but chances are you probably don't watch every single one of them. Bingo! There's your first money saver. Most cable providers will offer different channel packages. The more varieties you have the steeper your bill will be. So cut those down and watch the savings at up.
Are you more of a TV or movie viewer?
If this is your style, then you're in luck the savings will really add up. Unlike Sling TV or Hulu, Netflix doesn't require the most expensive Internet connection in the bunch to turn out smooth service. With their selections for everyone in the family, changing all the time hit movies and television shows are added periodically. There's bound to be something for everyone. Making the switch could cut the home entertainment budget done by as much as $100 reduction in price per month.
A satellite dish may just be what the doctor ordered.
So what if decreasing the channel line-up isn't an option. Sports channels, news networks and all the latest kids programs are must haves, ok that's doable. If that's the case going through the satellite disk route may be the best path. Disconnections will occur during bad weather, but that is fixable, and it's hard to escape the bright light in all this that most channel line-up packages may only cost as much as $19 per month. Your home entertainment bill will get such a makeover it'll be unrecognizable.
One shoe doesn't fit all.
Before making the cut consider the options. Different families have distinctive needs. Whether we like to admit it or not much of family life revolves around home entertainment. What might be right for one isn't going to suit the other. So take into account all the options and make a choice. Your cable bill may leave you pleasantly surprised.