Love watching TV but hate paying the high fees associated with traditional cable TV service providers?
If you’re looking to save some dough on binge-watching, then read on!
We’re all about making more and saving more, so in this article, we’ll talk about cable TV alternatives that could completely eliminate your cable subscription.
To answer: What is the cheapest way to watch TV?
I would say that you should ditch your cable TV subscription.
My family and I did just that; Cable TV in my part of the world is quite expensive and I’m not one who would waste money on a TV subscription.
Yup, we’ve been without cable TV in the last 4 or maybe 5 years.
YouTube has been quite a source of media entertainment for our kids but binge-watching on YouTube just don’t give you that TV-feel, does it?
Well, there are various ways to watch TV without cable TV!
Cable TVs are a thing of the past.
You can now watch movies and TV shows online or on your favorite device (hint: smartphones and tablets), one such company that makes this possible is called Hulu; they offer unlimited streaming of new and classic TV shows and movies for $5.99 a month for new customers. Click here to check out this deal.
Another cheap way that you can watch TV shows and movies is through your Amazon Prime membership.
As you may know, Amazon Prime is a premium Amazon membership that offers fast and free shipping among others and one of the perks that you get when you subscribe as a Prime member is Prime Video, which is similar to Hulu and Netflix but it comes as part of your Amazon Prime membership package.
Amazon Prime costs $119 US per year or $14 CAD a month as of this writing, you might be thinking that $14 a month isn’t that cheap but come to think of it, how much are you currently paying with your cable subscription?
One thing I observed with Amazon Prime is there isn’t a lot of mainstream movies with the basic prime subscription, if you want more, you have to upgrade your Prime Video subscription which costs more.
For me, I maintain my basic subscription as I need fast shipping when I’m about to run out of ink or copy-paper so if you’re not after Prime’s fast-shipping, this may not be the option for you.
When you clicked through this link, you may be thinking “Netflix” but Netflix isn’t as cheap as they once were; They still offer their base package at $9.99 but know that you’re restricted to watching this from one IP yet nonetheless, they still are the king of online media streaming.
Another yet worthy contender that can potentially replace your cable TV is Disney+ which costs $8.99 a month.
But if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, Hulu offers a $12.99 tier that includes Disney+ and ESPN+.
$5.99 gets you unlimited access to your favorite TV shows, new and classic movies and if you love watching classic cable TV channels like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz, you can add them up as add-ons to your basic subscription.
You might be wondering as to why all of the options quoted above are all online services. As mentioned near the beginning of this article, cable TV is nothing but expensive and since most TVs and devices can access the internet through a wired or a wireless connection, you can now ditch your expensive cable subscription to a more affordable and a much better TV and movie experience.
Among the options I explored, Hulu so far has the lowest subscription option which starts at $5.99 a month.