How to Watch TV Without Cable

(Edited on July 15, 2019)

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Are you over spending hundreds of dollars each month on a cable bill merely to watch only a handful of channels? I know exactly how you feel. Between the three of us, my family and I would literally watch the same five channels over and over; however, due to the concern of not have access to the channels that we might want to watch in the future, and not knowing our options, we continued to pour money down the drain - spending upwards of $250 a month on our cable bill. That is until I realized that all we had to do was stream our channels and favorite shows. While that may seem very confusing or you may have the fear of missing out on some of your favorite shows or missing out on watching sports, let me break down these five easy steps as well as the items you will need to cut the plug yourself. And if you are still apprehensive about completely cutting the plug, you can still save a ton of money by downgrading to basis cable and only keeping one regular box. And with Prime day being June 15th and June 16th, this is the perfect time for you to revisit your decision.

Step 1:

You will absolutely need WiFi. WiFi is the power source that will allow you to stream the channels and shows you want to watch. I strongly recommend investing in the WiFi plan that offers the fastest speed so that you will not experience a lot of buffering while you are watching TV. You should be able to find a plan of this caliber for less than $100 a month with either Verizon Fios or Xfinity.

Step 2:

Invest in a high definition (HD) TV antenna. In doing so, you will be able to watch local channels that will appear as clear as your cable channels. This was a must for us, as we watch the morning news during the week. We are also huge football fans, so it allows us to watch NFL games that air on local channels.

The great news is that you don’t even have to spend that much money on an antenna. The HD antenna we have is below. It works really well and allows us to get several different local channels that display in High Definition; however, if it’s a cloudy, rainy, or windy day, we may have some disruption in our service. I’m almost certain the disruption in service is due to the fact that we live in the woods. My recommendation is that if you live in the woods, the following option may not work too well for you. You can also view similar HD antennas by accessing the below link.


Step 3:

As far as watching your favorite shows that air on cable TV, if you do not have a smart TV, I strongly recommend that you purchase either a Fire Stick or a Roku device. Actually, I recommend that you purchase either device regardless of whether you have a smart TV or not. Both devices allow you to download different apps such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, Disney, Lifetime, etc. Once you have downloaded your apps, you can log in using your cable TV login information and you can watch your shows just like you would while using On Demand. We actually have three Firesticks in our house and one Roku. While the Roku is cheaper, I am a bigger fan of the Firestick as it offers an extremely large amount of free movies you can stream via Amazon Prime Video. You will need to have an Amazon Prime membership to take advantage of these free movies/TV shows. If you currently do not have an Amazon Prime membership and would like to try a free 30 day subscription, you can do so by accessing the below link. After the free 30 day trial ends, there is a monthly fee of $12.99 which is worth every penny due to the various services you will get for free.

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(For those of you who have cut the plug completely, keep reading. I have some great news for you as well regarding how you can stream your favorite show without a cable account.)

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the Fire Stick and Roku devices are mobile so you can take them on vacation with you and you can carry them from TV to TV. So if you can only afford to buy one, you will still benefit tremendously from owning one.


The only pain point for some is in most instances, you will not be able to watch some of your shows when they air. It depends on the channel. I have found that some channels, like Nick Jr. and HGTV for instance, will allow you to watch live TV while others like VH1 and Bravo make you wait until the next day to watch the latest episode. I personally don’t have a problem with that as I usually don’t have time to watch TV when my shows air anyway. For those of you who cannot live like this, I have great news for you.

Step 4:

Invest in a streaming program such as Sling TV or Hulu. We personally have Sling TV, which I absolutely love. They allow you to customize your channels and there is absolutely no contract involved so you can makes changes to your plan or even terminate your plan altogether at any time. The only reason why we ended up getting Sling TV was to ensure that we could watch football interrupted. But I quickly became a fan when I realized that I would be able to watch literally all of my favorite channels live without cable. And in order to get their full package, you will only end up paying about $50 a month. Amazing!!! And they have a free 7 day trial. I strongly recommend that you give it a try to see if it is something that you would want to keep. I think it is well worth the price.

We also have Netflix, which seems to be a commodity in everyone’s household nowadays. For those of you who haven’t experienced the loveliness of Netflix, it allows you to watch countless amounts of movies, documentaries and shows for a max of $13.99 a month. My only issue with NetFlix is that the shows that air are usually really old episodes.

To make things even better, the Roku Express streaming device (which is the version I happen to have an is a little cheaper than the regular Roku streaming device) has buttons directly on the remote for quick access to Netflix, Sling TV, and Hulu. I personally, think the Roku express is easier for children to use as all they have to do is hit the Netflix, Hulu, or Sling button to watch their favorite shows. The only thing I don’t like about the Roku is you don’t have the ability to download different streaming apps such as Kodi, which offers a wide range of streaming options ranging from live TV, to streaming recent movies, I mean movies so recent that they may still be playing in the theaters as you watch from the comfort of your home. If you purchase a Fire Stick, Kodi is a must. Tune into YouTube for step by step instructions on how to download the app on your Fire Stick.

Just a quick note that for the most part, you will be able to download the same apps on the Fire Stick and Roku devices. They just have a different layout. It is also important to note that each device has a limited amount of storage space on it so you will be limited as to how many apps you can download. Each device will notify you when you are approaching your storage limit. This is where having more than one device comes in handy.

Summary:

Nowadays, technology has afforded us the ability to either completely get rid of cable or to downgrade - drastically reducing your monthly costs. Whether you are interested in completely going cable-free or just scaling back, I recommend the purchase of a HD TV antenna and a Fire Stick and/or a Roku device. If you completely getting rid of cable, you may also need to purchase a monthly subscription to either Sling, Netflix, and/or Hulu. With either Sling or Hulu, you will pay approximately $40 a month to stream live TV. You should also expect to pay approximately $100 a month (or hopefully less) for your WiFi, which would bring your monthly TV watching bill to $140 a month (or approximately $155 with NetFlix).

Conclusion:

I know it seems like a very difficult transition to make. I get it. I have had cable since I was in elementary school in the 90s watching Rap City after school. I thought that I would have some serious withdrawals, but that wasn’t the case at all. For those of you who are still getting to know me, I absolutely LOVE saving money so I get pumped each month when I see how much money we are saving. It really isn’t as hard as you think it will be. I haven’t met a person yet who has regrets after deciding to cut the plug. So go for it and watch those bank accounts start looking a lot more appealing. :)

After reading this content, how do you feel? Are you interested in cutting the plug? If you are apprehensive, what are some of your concerns? If you have already cut the plug, what has your experience been like?




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Tiffany Williams

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Just to give you a brief description of myself, I am a mother to an extremely intelligent and charismatic little boy, a wife to an amazing and talented man, a dancer, poet, motivator, influencer, part-time Zumba instructor, a vinyasa flow yoga feen, and an HR professional at a major global corporation. Just like most of you, I live a very busy life, which requires me to master exceptional time management skills, stick to strict schedules, and stay focused. In the midst of it all, I strive to keep myself together by perfecting my peace. Without it, my family and my colleagues would be in grave danger. Ok, maybe that is a bit extreme. Lol... let's just say it wouldn't be a good look.


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