How To Dump Your Cable Bill


man watching TV in the grass

Looking for a less expensive alternative to cable TV or AT&T U-verse?

I’ve been there. I loved U-Verse when I got it. It was a dream come true to finally ditch the satellite on top of my roof and be able to watch High Definition television – even when it was raining outside!

The introductory rate came and went. At $90 a month, the rate seemed like a pretty fair deal for high-speed internet and the u300 package – but after the first year was up, that rate jumped to $150 and then I had yet another increase just a few months later. I had previously setup autopay so it was a few months into my second year of service before I actually looked what I was now paying.

$175 a month! This for internet and a very average “middle of the road” package that included the crappier movie stations. No Showtime? No HBO?

No way.

Seriously – When did TV get this ridiculously expensive?

chain attached to at&t logoMy wife and I were both a bit shocked at the realization that we were paying this much for television. We examined our viewing habits and determined that over 80% of what we were watching and recording were shows on the five major broadcast networks. The other 20% was comprised of one kid’s cartoon channel, one sports channel that I watch my beloved St. Louis Cardinals on, the History Channel and TBS.

Seldom, do we ever watch anything that isn’t being shown on these channels.

Enter our new plan – an HDTV antenna.

Getting an HDTV Antenna

We shopped around and realized that a roof antenna was far superior to an indoor one that sits on, or around, your TV.

bundle package for HDTV antennaeWe purchased ours from Antennas Direct and paid only $99. Newer versions have since emerged and you can get bigger and better for a few more dollars.

But best of all – NO MONTHLY FEES!

I then purchased the MLB online package for $130.00. For that price, I can watch all MLB games, all season long, and do so on my iPhone or iPad.

We kept Netflix to give us a lot more inexpensive viewing options while satisfying our toddler’s cartoon desires. The kids also have a plethora of online options that they absolutely love. They couldn’t be happier and have established a daily cartoon ritual of favorites. Sure we get to use the iPad a little less these days but well worth it. You just can’t beat Netflix for $8 a month.

We also have Chromecast, which we purchased for a one-time $30 fee and a Roku player (no monthly fees either).

There’s a few stations that still aren’t available to watch without a cable provider to sign in with but… I hear that some people will download their favorite shows via utorrent.

Our yearly price to watch all our favorite TV shows now? Under $230! High-speed cable is $60 a month or $720 a year. We saved well over $1,000 and there’s not a show out there we can’t get – and the resolution of a HDTV antennae is perfect.

Don’t think you have to ditch the DVR either. Check out Simple.TV for a great DVR that will record your antennae viewed shows.

Another option to lose cable TV is the new Aereo Cloud DVR. It’s gaining popularity quick and the company is doing a great job of rapidly expanding into new cities.

These are just some of the many options out there for getting rid of cable TV or the incredibly expensive AT&T U-verse TV solution. The market is ever-expanding with many new alternatives cropping up almost monthly.

Find what works best for you and save yourself a bundle – instead of buying a bundle of channels that you rarely watch.

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