Welcome to the new age.
The days of clunky cable boxes, coaxial cords, and setting up satellite hardware are slowly fading away.
How many of you actually watch live television shows in real time with commercials, when services like Netflix and Hulu let you watch content at your own pace without those dreaded ads?
So you want to get with the times, save a few bucks, and cut the cord?
Here are your cord-cutting alternatives and their cost:
Stream subscription services
Hulu: $7.99/month for a standard account (+$4 for no ads). You get Hulu's streaming library, which includes post-aired cable programming.
Netflix: $10.99/month for a standard account.You get Netflix's streaming library, network and original content.
Amazon Prime: $99/year. Prime members not only have access to two-day shipping, but can also take advantage of Amazon's streaming library.
Cable replacement services
Sling TV: $20/month. You get personalized channels with live TV content.
Roku: $30 one-time cost for device. No monthly fee. You get broadcast channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, subscription channels like Netflix and Hulu, and free channels lik YouTube.
YouTube TV: $40/month for a standard account. You get cable free live TV programming from more than 50 networks (including news and sports).
X-box One: X-box owners can use the X-box one app to access stream subscriptions like Netflix, WatchESPN, and YouTube.
Now the amount of money you save depends on how you mix and match the above services and the cost of internet.
- Verizon Fios Internet only: $40/month for 100 Mbps.
- Spectrum Internet only: $45/month for 100 Mbps.
- Comcast Internet only: $50/month for 100 Mbps.
Now keep in mind, you may not be able to keep up with everything cable does better like sports, but you'll have plenty entertainment to choose from on your new streaming services.
So will you make the switch?