Most of us are likely familiar with "cord-cutting," in which cable, satellite, and other TV providers' services and expensive accompanying bills are tossed aside for online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
Online streaming services typically don't offer as many live events of any kind as satellite or cable does. And satellite typically cuts out during harsh storms, though cable in some areas can react similarly.
Cable is often the most reliable, and the cheapest. Big-name providers' (e.g. DirecTV, Dish) claim to fame is supreme channel packages, including regular buffets of live sports games, though only with certain (often expensive) packages. Let's look into several means of slashing cable your bill.
Act As If You're Cancelling Your Service
With the two-headed competitive threat of streaming services and satellite, cable companies are more willing than ever to slash their prices to retain customers. If you are you not happy with the price you're getting. Call your provider's customer service line, and ask for a lower price. If they do not negotiate, you can then threaten to cancel your service. They will then lower your bill, in most cases.
Look Around For New Customers' Prices
Most television providers offer great deals to new customers, and then increase their rates over time. Whatever price new customers get is pretty close to the lowest price you can command in renegotiating a new monthly price for your provider's services.
Limit Your Premium Channels
It may be difficult to let HBO go, but in doing so can save up to $20 off your bill every month. Letting go of Showtime can also save you an additional $5 per month. You can also remove these channels after you have finished watching your favorite shows.
Make a list of the channels that you watch to help narrow down what you really need. There's a good chance you can have a less expensive cable package and still have most of the channels you need.
Buy Your Own Modem
If you purchase cable and Internet packages, consider buying a compatible modem instead of paying a rental fee each month.
Limit Your Amount of Cable Boxes
Premium channels aren't solely extras you can trim. Cable boxes frequently expense is around $3 to $10 every month. Perhaps think about which rooms you really need a cable box install in.
Pay Attention To fees
Call your provider and question each fee on your bill. Then tweak your plan by removing unnecessary features you don't use. Also, remember to be polite, yet firm when speaking to customer service. You'll get a lot farther than being unpleasant or rude.
Trade In Your DVR
Those rental fees for multiple DVRs every room is adding up. Think about if you really need them in every room. If you miss your favorite shows, you can always watch them on demand later. Trade in your DVR for a digital receiver could save you $10 or more off your bill every month.
Bundle Cable and Internet Packages
Pairing your cable and internet resource with some vendors will save around $1,000 over a two year period. Don't bundle services you don't need, like premium cable package when you only watch the local networks or blazing fast internet when you only watch Netflix or Hulu. These services are indeed great offers for some users, but that doesn't mean they would be great for you.
Compare the costs of local providers in your area. As long as you don't get cancellation charges for switching your current services, you may find a cheaper alternative.
Try Free Local TV & Streaming Services
If you're not happy with your cable bill, and can't get a cheaper rate. You can still watch free local television with a digital antenna and stream your favorite shows online. Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, YouTube & Amazon Prime TV all offer streaming packages with a solid core channel lineup that could save you money.
Subscriptions for Netflix are around $8 a month. While Hulu's plan is around $7 a month. Those looking for a more diverse choice can try Sling TV or DirecTV now. Sling TV packages start at $25 a month and $40 a month for DirecTV Now. Both of these services offer live and on-demand TV without any extra fees like cable.
Have a DVD Collection
When your cable or internet goes out, you've got nothing. However, if you own a DVD/Blu-Ray collection. You can have all your favorite movies and tv shows right at your fingertips. It's nice to pop in a DVD and watch a movie!
You can decide for yourself whether cable, satellite, or digital streaming is the best option for you. However, cable is one of the most popular means of subscribing to both pre-recorded shows (think streaming services) and live events (think satellite's big, but costly, packages).
Also look into Dish Network, Rabbit TV & Roku.