I thought of cutting the cord on cable and going with cable tv alternatives for months. I was nervous to get rid of cable. In this article I’ll show you what I’m using instead of cable, how much money I save and how happy I am now that cable tv is gone!
How I got rid of cable tv by using cable tv alternatives and cut the cord once and for all. For live tv I use a mohu house antenna. Mohu is ranked as one of the best antennas and are very affordable. Get rid of cable! Save yourself money! It doesn’t hurt like you think it will. We’ve all had cable either most of our lives or all of our lives. As a kid in the 1970’s and 1980’s there was no cable. We actually had to wait for something to be on tv and then, we could watch it only once. There was no way to record anything. In some ways, cable tv is the same way. You wait for the day and time a show will be on and you either watch it or record it to your DVR. When cable tv came out in the 1980’s there were no commercials. It was show after show after show with no interruptions ever. That all changed. Now, there are more commercials and BS than there are shows, and you’re overpaying for it! My cousin pays around $180 a month to comcast to channel surf. They have the full package with all movie channels. For what? He’s barely home and rarely watches tv! Really think about this. You’re better off getting rid of cable and I’ll give you reasons why.
I am not much of a tv watcher. I only kept cable around for the kids and the children’s shows it provided. I hated opening that cable bill every month. We’re a single income family and things are tight. It was time to make a change whether we wanted to or not. I also haven’t had a house phone since 2002 by the way. I knew it was stupid to pay for something I never use. Why have a house phone if you use a cell phone?
For those of you into sports, there are a ton of options out there. Many stations, such as ESPN, have an app in which you can pay around $10 a month for games. This ESPN app is also available on APPLE TV and the Amazon Fire stick. Most people are streaming tv and movies to tablets, smart phones or computers. Cable is dying and I’m happy for that. It’s been a rip off for far too long.
I remember the day I got rid of cable and installed the MOHU house antenna. The final bill came and even though we didn’t pay for movie channels, I was paying around $75 a month! That’s insane for basic cable. I could use that money to feed my family. I was DONE!
Video of me installing the MOHU antenna:
So no cable tv for over 2 years now. How does it feel? AWESOME! I was nervous to cancel, thinking I would be cutoff from the world, which is what many other cable cutters felt as well. That statement couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I feel much more connected than ever. We use the Mohu sky 60 whole house antenna for regular tv channels, which is awesome. The range of this tv antenna is 60 miles and it’s true HD. Not sure if you knew or not but HD from cable companies is NOT true HD. Their HD signals are compressed to allow for more users on their bandwith. The size is actually 720 and not 1080 (true HD is 1080 or higher.) When the antenna was connected, I could not believe the signal quality. Over the air signals are uncompressed which is why they are HD in pure form…and it’s FREE! Did I say FREE? Yes, I did. Purchase the antenna once and you’re done.
The only thing I pay for is internet access so we can have internet at home, along with HULU for $7.99 a month. We tried netflix and hated it. All the movies are dated and the variety isn’t too good. We are more into tv anyway, which is what HULU is. HULU has ALL shows on tv. The great thing is they are current and can be watched a day after they air. So if we watch America’s got talent, it’s either live when it is airing, via the house antenna, or HULU the next day. HULU quality is HD as well and you can fast forward or rewind as with DVR. There are 2 commercials that play on HULU shows, like every 10 minutes…big deal. I can pay $2 more a month to remove all commercials but we don’t. Not only does HULU have all shows available the day after they air, but they have all shows from all seasons and all episodes. I have yet to not find anything I want to watch…and it’s current stuff.
I mentioned apple tv before and we have one. Apple tv is awesome. Think of apple tv as itunes for your tv. You can buy movies or music on your phone and watch them on your phone or any apple device right? Well, after connecting the apple tv little box to your tv via HDMI, all that content you purchased, and more, is available to stream on your tv. So the movies we bought for the kids…all available on the tv at any time. But that costs money you say? Yeah, we may spend $18 a month, if that, on a movie night that I know we will want to watch again and again such as Star Wars or Raiders of the lost ark. Apple also has a very large bargain section where great movies can be had for cheap. I got the first ghostbusters movie for $2.99. New apple tv models are much better than they were, now incorporating siri. This is the way of the future and I’m glad we did it.
Spending money to channel surf garbage is stupid and does nothing more than line the pockets of idiots running companies that can’t help you when help is needed. This is one reason I cut the cord on cable tv.
I hope you enjoyed this blog and if you’re thinking of canceling cable tv, just do it. You can always sign up again but I don’t think you will. Consider subscribing to my blog if you enjoy reading them. See the subscribe in the right side of the website.
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