Ditching Cable TV (A Review)

Say the words “cable TV ” and folks have an immediate reaction. I’ll go on record to say that I’m not a fan of cable TV, or more accurately, the packages offered through cable. We never watched half of what was offered and were forever flipping through the useless channels to find something to watch. Awful.

Garry likes his sports channels; I am a Netflix gal. So why in the world would we pay close to $100 for so much of what we don’t/wouldn’t watch?

W-H-Y?

Thinking About Ditching Cable TV?

Our search for a better solution:

We wanted to cut ties with cable TV, yet Garry was the harder sell to get rid of everything because he neeeeeeded his Spurs action, as well as his football season. Noted, baby. Now let’s start researching.

We discussed the alternatives and settled on Sling TV (this is not a sponsored post)

What do you get?

1) Sling starts at $20 a month for over 23 channels.

2) Sling offers add-on packages, like the Sports Package we added for $5 more a month. FIVE BUCKS, Y’ALL! Steal of the decade.

3) The channels in the initial package for $20 offers a wide variety of the channels you were probably already watching on cable.

4) Pay and change package options online through a user friendly set-up. OMT likey.

5) No set-up fees. No contract. Easy cancellation.

We found our new “cable” home.

How do you get it?

Cutting the cable cord is as easy as setting up an account, giving a credit card for the monthly charge and getting your device to stream.

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Sling streams through the Internet, so you will need a device to stream through. Many new Smart TVs have the Roku app already installed and it’s easy peasy to set-up. We have a Smart TV, but ours didn’t have the Roku app installed, so we simply bought a Roku to stream through. The Sling site has a tab for devices Sling with work with, all you have to do is check.

We have had Sling for five months and are happy campers sans cable.

In addition to Sling TV, what do we have?

HDTV antenna:

Once we disconnected our cable, we installed a HDTV antenna. Boy installed it in the attic, where the best reception could be gotten and even with the lowest-end antenna available (I think it cost $10), we pick up all the local channels and a few others for no additional cost other than the antenna.

The cheapy antenna was an experiment and we didn’t want to invest in an amplified antenna before we knew if we’d be able to even pick up the HDTV signals. I’m sure at some point we’ll replace the cheap one with a better one, but the take-away here is IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE!

NetFlix:

Oh, how I love me some Netflix. The streaming catalog is deep and wide and I can’t imagine a better addition to Sling. If there is nothing on, we head to Netflix.

We have the unlimited streaming and 2 DVDs out-at-a-time plan. The reason we do DVDs as well as streaming is because some of the early releases are only offered on DVDs. We pay, with taxes, around $22.

Amazon Prime streaming:

We are Amazon Prime members and it includes Amazon Streaming. I’ll be honest and say that I can’t give a good review, or a thorough review, because we haven’t watched much on Amazon. We look at it as a perk of Prime, but we haven’t taken advantage of what is offered. I like the idea of having it, but we haven’t rummaged through their catalog yet.

We pay $99 for our Prime membership, but we’d have that regardless of the streaming, so I wouldn’t say that is an added TV viewing cost to us.

Let’s review:

We have Sling TV: $27 (with taxes)

We have NetFlix: $22 (with taxes)

Roku device: $50-60 one-time-cost

We have a HDTV antenna: $10 one-time-cost

We have Amazon Streaming: I’m sure there’s a break down I could do, but since we would pay the $99 just for the shipping aspect, I’m saying this one is a wash.

Total:

$49 with a $60-$70 one-time-cost outlay.

That’s a price we can live with, especially since we get to watch what we want to watch and not what the cable companies want us to watch.

If you’ve been wondering what life without cable TV looks like, now you know: It’s fabulous!

Are you thinking of making the switch, or do you love your cable?

 

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Comments

  1. Whoa. I’ve never heard of sling but it sounds awesome. The sports channels are what kept us with cable for so long but we ditched it last month! I’ll check it out. πŸ™‚

  2. I have really debated getting Sling TV and replacing cable but I need some sort of recording device because I rarely watch anything live. Anything suggestions? I also have a bundle deal so it would probably only save me around $20 a month

    • On Sling, whatever channel package you pick, many of the shows are rerun many times. We watch the show Alone and rarely watch it on the original air time. I would check with them first. If you already have the Roku app on your TV, I believe they offer a free trial week, which could help you decide.

  3. We gave up Cable about 2 years ago and have really never looked back. Yes I miss HGTV, but it’s available on NetFlix which we do have. And we miss tennis when it comes to the US Open, French Open, etc but we can stream a lot of that just from the Web. There are so many great shows we enjoy such as Big Bang Theory and the many reruns of Rules of Engagement. Not having cable also frees us from sitting in front of the TV way too much πŸ˜‰ Our time to watch TV starts around 6:30 in the evening and for me, ends around 9pm. The hubs stays up longer but doesn’t necessarily watch tv and may go to his music room and play keyboard. Life can be good without cable TV!!

  4. We haven’t had cable TV for…I don’t even know how long! About 2 years or so? We just weren’t watching it – plus, we cancelled the TV and signed up for better Internet, which worked out way better! We mostly watch YouTube or Twitch.tv, as well as DVDs and things like that. We’ve had Netflix in the past, but cancelled it. I’m debating signing up again, though, as I do miss having more selection than what we already have in the house! But definitely do not at all miss cable!

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