Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Another reason to cut the cord

I cut the cord in 2011. I wanted to save money on cable, and found that dropping cable and streaming TV (along with an antenna) allowed me to do just that. Back then, there weren't services such as Sling TV or other live streaming services. I could buy TV shows from Amazon, iTunes, or some service and watch them (and own them). I could subscribe to Hulu Plus (as it was known back then) and watch them. Or I could watch via an antenna (I had a TiVo, so I would actually record and watch when I wanted).

Anyway, I cut the cord to save money. And I'm sure you're wanting to save money too. But do you really want to learn a new way of watching TV? It's really easy with cable to just watch TV the way you always watched TV. But I was able to make the transition, and so can you. And, you can save money.

How much money can you save? Well, there's no single answer for that. But, if you're a Comcast/Xfinity TV customer, you can save even more money by cutting the cord.

No, there's not some special going on for Comcast/Xfinity customers to get special pricing on streaming content. Rather, Comcast is raising rates at the first of the year. So, that 20% price increase in certain fees you're about to get actually means you'll be saving 20% more, according to a report from The Streamable:

Comcast’s “Broadcast TV Fee” for local channels, that are available for free over-the-air, will now add $19.75 to your bill. While the exact amount differs by market, the Chicago market will see a 20% increase from $16.20 to $19.75 — after increasing from $11.70 in 2019. In fact, that’s a nearly 70% increase in just 2 years from channels that are free over-the-air.

That's a lot of money. I'm not saying that cable TV, or Comcast TV, isn't worth it. I'm saying that you have options, and by streaming, you may just save you some money.

I've been saving money for nearly 11 years by streaming. Perhaps you will find that a Streaming Life is a relief to your wallet.

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