Cable Alternatives to Shrink Your Bill Part 1

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Cable Alternatives to Shrink Your Bill

Cable Alternatives

Cable bills these days seem to be sky rocketing, but there is good news! There are many cable alternatives that can cut that expensive bill and maybe even get rid of the cable bill all together!

Today, technology is ever changing and getting better everyday. I know for me, it’s hard to keep up with all the changing trends, let alone understand them all! So through the next few articles we’re going to explore some of the technology and newer gadgets that can help us reduce and/or eliminate our cable bills. It might not be new in the industry, but if you are like me, just because I have heard of something doesn’t mean I know how it works! Maybe you have been too busy to learn what’s new, or just don’t know where to look to find reliable information.

Whatever the reason, there’s no time like the present! Through this series of articles, we will learn what cable alternatives are available and which options will best fit our budget, lifestyles, and programming needs.

 What Are We Paying For?

Cable Prices seem to be on the rise every time we turn around. We are not only seeing a rise in cost for basic cable channels, but for everything across the board. Every month we are paying for premium movies channels, multiple boxes, HD content, and DVR options that allow you to record your favorite shows, not to mention the price goes up if you want more than just those basic cable channels.

Cable used to be the only game in town, but not anymore! Below are some of the cable alternatives that are available right now, plus a brief description of each one.  In the next few articles we will look at each of these individually, and more in depth to see how much they cost, how they work, and what they options they offer.

What’s Available for Cable Alternatives?

Cable Alternatives

Roku-A digital video player. A neat little box that allows you to stream TV shows, music, photos, games, and movies whenever you want-otherwise known as “on demand.” Roku gives you so many choices! If you are already a Netflix subscriber you can go ahead and watch movies from your queue whenever it’s convenient for you. (Requires an internet connection) The newer models come with wifi built in.


apple tv

Apple TV-This is how Apple describes their product: Apple TV is a tiny entertainment powerhouse that plays the content you love from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and your favorite sports leagues on your widescreen TV. In up to 1080p HD. Just plug it in and discover a whole world of movies, TV shows, photos, music, and more. You’re gonna need a better couch.”



Netflix-A Subscription based service. For one low mothly price, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV shows streaming over the internet, to PCs, Macs and TVs via a wide range of devices. Choose from the streaming service which offers thousands of movies and/or the DVD rental service.


Hulu Plus-If you have a busy life and are constantly missing episodes your favorite TV shows than Hulu Plus is a good option with it’s wide collection of current-season television shows. Hulu Plus streams current seasons of the networks hit TV shows, so it’s very easy to watch on the go, or catch up and watch at your convenience.


Amazon Prime with Video Streaming 

Amazon’s unlimited streaming lets you watch more than 5,000 movies and TV shows on your Mac or PC, as well as specific set-top boxes and TV’s that are connected to the internet. The best part is Amazon Prime’s video streaming is FREE with your annual $79 Prime membership fee.

As you can see there are some great cable alternatives, and they all offer a lot of options, and content. Did you read something above that seems like a good fit for you? Be on the lookout for the next article where we go in depth and take a closer look at the Roku Streaming Player. We will be getting up close and personal with pictures, dimensions, price, availability, what content it offers, and how it works. From there we will explore the other cable alternatives in the same way.

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