You desperately want to cut the cord and stop wasting hundreds of dollars a year for cable channels you don’t need (and might not even want). But, there’s a catch: You’re held hostage by your bundle, which includes the internet access that you DO actually need.
The good news is, broadband wireless internet and cable replacements are quickly making ground, and for good reason—many can save you $20-$100 a month.
If you’re looking to boot your high cable and internet bills, here are some alternatives.
Redzone is applicable only to those who live in Maine (specifically the upper east coast), but similar services around the country are popping up.
Redzone, and similar companies, found their niche market in areas where cable and internet are already hard to come by.
At $39 a month, Redzone’s cheapest plan is on par with Time Warner Cable’s (now Spectrum) internet-only offer (although, it is very difficult to actually get this price unless you spend hours arguing with Spectrum customer service).
Redzone also offers a new 5GX network for $79 a month for large families and small businesses.
Best for: those living in rural Maine who don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for an internet connection.
DirectTV Now is one of the better streaming cable networks. They offer a host of channels, but the biggest perk they offer is most major sports networks. It’s the sports channels that have made people unwilling to get rid of cable.
Recently their offer of 100+ channels went up to $60 a month, but you can still get 60+ channels at the lower price, however, this does exclude some major sports networks.
For some, paying in the hundreds for their simple cable packages, this can be a good deal, especially considering you can stream on any device.
Best for: Someone looking for a lot of channels, at a fair price.
PlayStation isn’t just for video games anymore. As another live streaming TV service, they might even outdo DirectTV soon.
You don’t need a playstation to use the streaming service. You can use Roku, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, and an Amazon Fire stick to stream to any of your devices.
Their lowest, Access Slim, selection includes sports (just ESPN) and some popular live TV channels like USA and FX for just $29.99 a month. With packages at $34.99 and $44.99, you can get more live channels, and more sports channels. The most expensive, Ultra Slim package is $64.99 a month, but includes movies, sports, HBO, and Showtime.
Best for: Someone who wants access to popular stations and a few sports channels
Sling TV is another streaming service that offers basic cable. Their $20 a month plan offers ESPN, ESPN2 and some popular channels like AMC, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, and so on.
Their $25 package offers 40+ channels, including sports channels such as FS1 and FS2, but you lose ESPN. But you gain major new channels like Fox and NBC.
Finally, the $40 offer includes all the sports channels from the previous two as well as news and popular TV stations.
Best for: someone looking for the cheapest option possible, and those who really just have cable to watch sports and the news.
Google’s been coming out with a lot of products as of late, and Google Fiber is another one that’s been kept relatively quiet.
This internet/television combination is still very new and only available in major cities, but it looks to be going in the right direction as a replacement for cable and internet companies.
You can get 100 Mbps in internet service as well as over 220 TV stations (including HD), for $140 a month. Although this is still on par with most major cable companies, as Google Fi expands, prices should go down.
Best for: Those looking for a better internet and cable experience, but who aren’t bothered by cost.
For those of you who use your internet connection sporadically, you’re probably tired of paying high prices for a connection you hardly use. Karma Go offers a simple internet connection, with 1GB of data for just $10 a month (after you buy the $99 modem).
After this offer, the price increases drastically, to $39.99 for 5GB, and if you’re constantly watching videos, this goes quick.
Best for: someone who doesn’t use the internet frequently, but still wants a cheap, simple connection.
Bundling your cable, phone, and internet just isn’t the most cost efficient way to pay for these services anymore, mostly because people don’t have landlines and many people don’t even utilize their cable.
Depending on what you use most frequently, switching to an alternative streaming network, or just a wireless internet service, can save you a lot of money and get you the best bang for your buck.