So you want to cut out cable TV? The bill for subscribing to cable is seriously out of hand. $100+ when you maybe only watch 20 or so channels is seriously mental. Oh, you can get a cheaper tier cable bill, but that doesn't cover half of the channels you want? What does one do?
Well, I recently cut out cable TV. My monthly bill to get the channels I wanted was well over $100 a month. I was also already paying for a Netflix subscription, and often used that more than the cable. Something had to change.
First I had to figure out what content I wanted. HBO was at the top. My last remaining tie to cable was because of HBO. There are a bunch of regular shows I watch, so with the introduction of HBONow I could finally escape. Second, was getting Netflix to my TV and all of the content I've purchased from the iTunes store. I solved that with AppleTV.
There's a newer model with newer features, but the basic functionality is the same. This also gave me access to HULU, for like $10/Month which got me access to original content and broadcast network shows. At this point (aside from initial hardware cost) my monthly bill is around $40. (Netflix, HBO, HULU) Still far below the $100+ bill from before.
So, I'm also an Amazon Prime member and I wanted to access my content from there. For that I got a FireTV Stick.
If you're not an iTunes user, then this also allows you to access HBONow, Netflix & HULU.
So now, the only thing I'm not getting is access to my 'pay cable' show. Waking Dead, Better Call Saul, etc. The few channels I did watch on cable such as AMC, CNN, Sundance, IFC, Cartoon, Food Net, History and a couple others. Sometimes I like to just watch first-aired episodes of my favorite shows and "channel surf". You can't really do that. Or can you?
I discovered an app on the FireTV for SlingTV. Live TV on demand. All of my favorite channels. The last piece of the puzzle. You can watch the live broadcast of ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, CartoonNet, History, ESPN2, Disney Channel, TNT, Food Network, TBS, Adult Swim, IFC, A&E, El Rey (a cool movie channel), Viceland, Travel Channel, Bloomberg News, TCM, EPIX, and a few more. You can watch live, or if you miss a show, you can actually go back a few hours to watch from the beginning. Some of them even have on demand, such as AMC. I can go in any day and catch up on the last few episodes of Walking Dead or other shows.
All for $20. You can add additional stations through upgrade packages. Alls carte. The way cable should have been years ago.
The final thing missing was local programming. That's solved with an digital antenna. Grab one of these and you should be able to get PBS, Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC over the air, as well as any other local channels.
So I've pretty much replaced my $100+ cable bill with an ale-carte selection that's only costing my about $60 over all, plus I get extra things out of it like free content from Amazon & AppleTV.
What solutions have you found? Share them in the comments if you like & let's all cut out cableTV.