Why you should ditch Cable TV or Satellite TV

Cutting the cord and saving money every month is simple to do

I loved Cable TV, but over the last few years, the costs keep going up, and that hurts everyone. Cable companies would give you a 12 to 24-month deal, and then when it is up, they increase the price by 40% to 50%. That’s a hard pill to swallow every month when you only make so much a year. It seems like everything is going up, and you have to find ways to save money when you can.

I made a choice last year to cut the cord and, after looking into this some more, have advice on how you might do it too.

I’d gotten tired of paying $300+ monthly cable bills for TV, Internet, Home Phone, and Box Rentals. I don’t even want to talk about Data Caps for Internet usage, and I got a BIG charge one time and then changed to unlimited data for an extra $50 a month.

I have AppleTV boxes on all of my TVs and use Locast (Free), Philo ($240 a year), CBS All Access ($60 a year), Netflix ($191.88 a year), Prime Video (Free with Prime) and Disney+ ($140.97 for three years) So I save around $500 a year now. If I were to cut a subscription, it would be Netflix.

Reasons to Cut the Cord

  1. Cable/Satellite TV Costs a lot
  2. They mess up the billing often
  3. Bill keeps going up every year
  4. You get channels you never watch that you still must pay for
  5. They keep moving the channels you want to a more expansive plan
  6. They keep losing channels or networks
  7. Taxes keep going up as Illinois is a very broke and very corrupt state

Pros for cutting the cord

  1. Save Money every month by just having the internet. I saved $110 a month
  2. Upgrade your internet speed and still save. I get 1gig down and 35meg up for $115 all in
  3. Watch on your phone, tablet, laptop, streaming box or other devices
  4. No big cable or satellite box
  5. No satellite dishes
  6. You get to customize your channel lineup to fit what you like to watch

Cons for cutting the cord

  1. If you have older family members living with you, they might have issues with using streaming boxes. I waited until we put my grandmother in an assisted living home before I made the switch.
  2. You have to buy streaming boxes for every TV if you are like me you purchased these a few years ago.
  3. Internet bandwidth usage will go up. Make sure you keep an eye on this, and if you are getting close to the limit, look at getting an unlimited data plan.
  4. There will likely be commercials you can’t fast forward. I hate commercials, but for saving over $1,000 a year, I can live with it.

Your options for cutting the cord

Over the Air TV- Free TV

You can buy an antenna, but they only get a few channels at times and are not easy to work with. I tried using one, but I only got four or five channels, and I didn’t want to put one in every room that had a TV. Depending on the area you live in, you can get 20 to 40 channels. I tried out a few digital antennas, but I couldn’t put on my roof due to HOA rules.

Any easy way to find out what type of antenna and what channels you'll get goto https://www.antennaweb.org/

A few options- Digital TV Antenna 130 Miles Range OR Antenna 150 Miles Range with Mounting Pole

I recommend you download the app locast, its free but they do ask for donations. They provide all the over the air channels plus some others. No need to deal with an Antenna. See Video

Locast has modernized the delivery of broadcast TV by offering streaming media free of charge and is available now on all popular mobile and streaming platforms. That means you can watch it on any device you have anywhere for free.

Streaming Devices- you will need a separate Streaming Device for each TV in your home

AppleTV– My First Choice for a Streaming Box

AppleTV advantages

  • Has a lot of Apps and channels
  • Get a Free Year of AppleTV+
  • Access to iTunes and all the Movies and Music you have
  • Connect to your iPhone and iPad.
  • AirPlay to mirror your device on your TV
  • Their devices are simple to set-up and easy-to-use.
  • All major platform apps can run on AppleTV
  • The UI is Excellent
  • Works well and I have very few issues with them

AppleTV disadvantages

  • Not Cheap
  • The new version of the remote sucks. I use my phone to control it
  • No Android version of Apple Remote
  • No USB Ports
  • Reliance on Apple Products
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Roku– My Second Choice for a Streaming Box

Roku advantages

  • It has the most channels out of all of the mainstream streaming boxes.
  • Roku Ultra has headphone output in their remote control
  • Their devices are simple to set-up and easy-to-use.
  • Cheap
  • All major platform apps can run on Roku

Roku disadvantages

  • No iTunes access.
  • Can’t do screen mirroring with Apple devices
  • No native web browser
  • UI is a bit OLD looking compared to other devices
  • The cheap version has more issues than the more expansive one
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Amazon Fire Devices– My Third Choice for a Streaming Box

Fire Devices advantages

  • Affordable
  • Super-fast navigation
  • Hundreds of apps
  • Lots of content and services available, especially for Amazon Prime members
  • Dolby Vision, Atmos, HDR10+, and HDR10 for 50 bucks
  • Impressive performance at a low price
  • Responses are lightning-fast
  • Remote can now power the TV on/off, control volume, and change channels on some cable boxes

Fire Devices disadvantages

  • The interface is curated primarily around Amazon content
  • The menu system is still too bloated
  • Requires inconvenient power adapter
  • Not compatible with universal remotes
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Smart TV– Most TVs sold now are Smart TVs

If you have a Smart Tv or are in need of a new TV, make sure to buy a Smart TV. Having a Smart Tv can save you money by not having to buy a streaming box. The only downside to a Smart Tv is not all apps can be used on a Smart Tv.

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 Laptop, Phone, Tablet or Computer– We all have one or all of these items

Get an HDMI cable to plug into your TV and an adapter if needed for your device. You can use your device to play movies or shows on your tv. 

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Subscription Services

                                                                                            www.locast.org

                                                                                   See Video on how it works

Locast has modernized the delivery of broadcast TV by offering streaming media free of charge and is available now on all popular mobile and streaming platforms. That means you can watch it on any device you have anywhere for free. I love this app for watching TV after cutting the cord on cable. I did donate $5 to them as its an excellent service.

www.philo.com

Get $5 off your First Month Click Here or use code RS9XVWC7

Live & on-demand TV 50+ channels all for $20/month. Stream live or on-demand TV, on up to 3 devices at once. Save unlimited shows for 30 days and ten personalized profiles per account. 
 
At $20 per month, Philo is one of the cheapest bundles of cable channels you can get over the internet today. If you’re into the reality TV fare that many of Philo’s channels focus on, it could be the only streaming service you need, but it also pairs nicely with other streaming services or with over-the-air broadcasts from an antenna.
 
Click for Channel Lineup If you have kids and they LOVE Paw Patrol they have it on Philo

I get this free with my Amazon Prime Membership and use it often for watching old shows and some movies. One main drawback is only 40% of the content is free to watch. Everything else you have to buy or rent. If you want to watch new or old movies that you call a great film, expect to pay for it. 

The UI is excellent, but if you scroll past something you like and think ill come back to it, I don't think so. The UI updates all the time with new shows, and it can be a pain to find what you just looked at. 

How I use it and all other apps on my Apple TV is to search for a show on Apple TV, and then it will show me what app has it. Sometimes when you click on it, you have to rent or buy, but you can go back and see who else has it for free. 

If this weren't included in my Amazon Prime Membership, I would not buy it. It is not worth the $12.99 a month if you don't have Prime. 

Pros

  1. No Commercials
  2. Good Original Content
  3. 4K
  4. Lots of added benefits with an Amazon Prime membership
  5. Adding new things daily

Cons

  1. you have to buy or rent anything new or old often
  2. Annual payment (lock-in) is a big commitment compared to other services’ month-to-month deals
  3. Lots of new releases are excluded from the deal
  4. Doesn’t have the same “on-demand” feel as Netflix or Hulu
I'll update this IF they start to get better content and offering more movies for free.

I have high hopes that they will have a lot more original content on the platform. I don't see anything wrong with it besides it being new in a market that has so many other options. Right now the only show I like is SEE, its different and makes you think what it would be like to live that way. Currently, it is free for a year if you buy a new Apple device and then $4.99 a month going forward. When they year come to an end, I don't think ill be extending it unless they get a lot better content by then.

Pros

  1. 1. 4K
  2. Original Content
  3. integrates into AppleTV app
  4. Free Trial

Cons

  1. No support for Android
  2. Not a lot of Content
  3. Hard to tell what is AppleTV+ and normal AppleTV 

I'll update this as time goes by, I have hopes to see more good content over time.

 

First off to all the haters giving Disney+ BAD reviews, go back to the cave you came from. Also, you need to get your head checked to see if you have a brain because I think you don’t. This App is bringing millions of Adults back to the Good Old Day of Being a Child, and then tv shows or cartoons didn't suck. If you didn't think they would have system issues on launch day, you must live under a rock. Amazon and Microsoft systems go down at times, so why would you not think Disney would have an issue. 

Disney+ I can relive my childhood and get to see other movies that haven’t been around in years. I like the Navigation screen better any anyone else's. The content for launch day is massive and grand. The only thing is It's still too early to tell what all is going to happen, but for sure, Disney+ will stay if I ever end up dropping some streaming services.

I will be updating this review over time, but for sure, at $6.99 a month, it's well worth it.

My Full Review

My Favorite Shows as a Kid

I had Netflix from when it first came out, and I got the DVD package as it was cheaper and easier than going to the video store. Plus, you didn't have to wait until someone brought a movie back to the store. 

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services, and it was the one to start this whole new world of streaming. 

Pros

  1. Simple and easy to use
  2. No commercials
  3. A lot of Original programming- maybe too much
  4. you can download and watch it offline
  5. Different Price Plans
  6. Affordable but keeps going up
  7. Netflix and Chill
  8. Free Trial

Cons

  1. New content might not be available right away
  2. They are losing content to the content owners starting there own streaming service
  3. A lot of Original shows that are not good
  4. Location Locking of content
  5. To much content at times

Pricing

Basic- Watch on One screen at a time or download videos on one phone or tablet in Standard Definition $8.99.month
Standard- Watch on Two screens at a time or download videos on two phones or tablets in HD $12.99/Month
Premium- Watch on four screens at a time or download videos on four phones or tablets in UltraHD $15.99/Month
You can still get DVD's for $7.99 or $11.99 a month

I like Hulu, Jason has it and I watch it at times. They are going a bit nuts with the pricing now. You get A LOT for your money but if you're trying to save as much as you can this might blow that savings away. 

Networks on Hulu   Live Channels on Hulu

Pros

  1. Now offer live streaming of Cable channels
  2. 50 Hours of cloud DVR Storage
  3. Different Rate Plans
  4. A lot of content
  5. Free Trial
  6. Stream 60+ top Live and On Demand TV channels including sports, news, and entertainment
  7. Great UI
  8. Still cheaper then cable

Cons

  1. Have to pay more for No Ads
  2. Have to pay $9.99 more a month to get 200 hours of cloud DVR storage
  3. To watch live TV on more than two devices you have to pay $9.99 more a month for unlimited screens
  4. two screens at a time unless you go to unlimited for Live TV
Pricing
 
Hulu No Ads- Get one month free, then starts at $11.99/month
 
Hulu with Ads-Get one month free then starts at $5.99/month
 
Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+- $12.99/month
 

Add-ons

  • No Ads
  • HBO® $14.99/month
  • SHOWTIME® $10.99/Month
  • CINEMAX® $9.99/month
  • STARZ® $8.99/month
 

Hulu+Live TV Get seven days free, then starts at $54.99/month

Add-on

  • Entertainment Add-on $7.99/month
  • Español $4.99/month
  • Enhanced Cloud DVR $9.99/month
  • Unlimited Screens $9.99/month
  • HBO® $14.99/month
  • SHOWTIME® $10.99/Month
  • CINEMAX® $9.99/month
  • STARZ® $8.99/month
 

I got CBS All Access for a few select shows. The main shows I watched when I had cable was on CBS. It 

  • All the NCIS's
  • Star Trek Picard
  • Seal Team
  • Young Sheldon
  • Blue Bloods
  • Bull
  • Criminal Minds
  • Madam Secretary
  • SWAT
  • Maybe a few others

Pros

  1. It's cheap
  2. Has a lot of great content
  3. Can watch the News and Channels live

Cons

  1. Only two screens at onetime

Pricing

Limited Commercials- $59.99/year $5.99/Month

Commercial Free- $99.99/year $9.99/month

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