Millennials are Saying Goodbye Cable Companies, Hello Streaming
Due to high monthly fees, people have decided to ditch cable companies and cut the cord. Cord cutting — the practice of canceling or forgoing pay television or landline telephone connection — is a trend on the rise.
When I visited my sister a couple of weeks ago I noticed her bill from DirecTV on the kitchen table. I was shocked to learn that the bill for the phone, the internet, and satellite TV was $163 a month. She said that DirecTV was cheaper than the $210 a month her and my brother in law were paying from Charter cable.
These prices are enough to drive anyone away. Luckily, we have options for our television needs.
Having the internet is a must. Some providers charge $14.99 for some speeds, but with the amount of streaming required to ditch cable, you may end up spending $30-$40 a month for high-speed internet.
Next, you will need a streaming media device. A Google Chromecast is the cheapest in price, starting at $35, but for starting at $40 the Roku and Amazon Firestick are the better devices.
An HDTV antenna for twenty-five dollars is a worthy investment as it will provide you with free HD signals of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. Some satellite and cable providers charge extra for those signals. Check out the digital TV signals available in your area.
Having good friends who trust you will help you save even more money. If you have a good friend who will let you borrow their log-in information for Netflix, you just saved yourself ten dollars a month. Having Netflix will give you access to original programs like “13 Reasons Why” or maybe you just want to watch “Breaking Bad” again.
Sticking with your friends, you may have another friend who can let you borrow their log-in information to HBO Go. If you can’t find anyone to lend you their log-in information for HBO Go, another option is HBO Now. No cable subscription is required, and for $15 a month, you have unlimited access to all HBO programming.
If you still want to watch popular programs every week there are a few options. Sling TV and Playstation were two of the first services that were an alternative to cable. DirecTV has jumped in on the streaming bandwagon and now offers DirecTV Now. YouTube offers YouTube TV.
Sling TV offers the cheapest package at $20 a month that provides 30 channels. Some of the networks that package offers are: ESPN, AMC, CNN, Comedy Central. The other services offer packages that start at $35 a month.