Cable Alternatives: Time to Cut the Cord?
There’s nothing better than watching your favorite show after a long day. Better yet, seeing that your DVR is full of shows so you don’t miss out. As nice as this is, is it worth the cost? Cable is not cheap the average household spends $103 per month on cable. If you are on a budget it is a definite luxury. But, that doesn’t mean you have to miss your shows. There are numerous alternatives to cable that will make you and your wallet happy.
Netflix has a seemingly limitless amount of options. Whether you're looking for television shows or movies they probably have it. With basic plans starting at $7.99 a month it's bound to make your bank account happy. You can’t watch your shows in real time, but when the season ends you can binge watch them and frankly who can resist that? If you need another reason to start an account, Netflix also creates its own shows. They're exclusive to Netflix and many of them have been both critically acclaimed and loved by the public.
Hulu is like Netflix, but it also provides viewers the option to live stream television for $39.99 per month. You can stream all your shows from several channels. If you can’t wait until the season ends for your favorite show, Hulu is a good bet. Hulu has shows streamed by the next day from the major networks. There are numerous options for them to meet your needs. Its basic plan starts at $7.99 per month and you can add-on options from there.
If you have an Amazon Prime account, Amazon Video is included in that bundle. You'll get television shows, movies, kid shows, and more. On top of that Amazon Prime includes free shipping on all prime items. You can stream additional shows that are not included with Prime through your account for a rental fee. An Amazon Prime account is $119 per year or $12.99 per month.
A Roku is a device specifically designed to stream cable alternatives. You can add Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming options to your Roku easily. Rokus start at $49.99 for the basic option and run up to $99.99. That's about the same price as one month of cable.
If you like to play video games through XBOX live, upgrading to the Gold account is something to consider. This will only set you back $59.99 per year and allows you access to all your video apps at once. It’s worth it to have access to your games and shows.
At an average cost of $103 per month, cable is not cheap. The cost is not likely to go down either. But, as the price increases, so do the number of cable alternatives. You don’t have to live without your favorite show because cable isn’t in the budget. Simply try one the more cost-effective options available. When you think about all the money you can save each month, getting rid of your cable is pretty enticing. Think about what options work best for you and enjoy those extra zeros in your bank account.