Snip Snip: How to Cut the Cord and Ditch Cable

Did you know that the average cable bill has increased by 50% since 2010?

Because of this, more people than ever before are cutting the cord and getting rid of cable for good.

Perhaps you’re ready to ditch cable too but aren’t sure which alternative is right for you. With so many options available, it can be a bit of an overwhelming choice to make, which prevents a lot of people from making a change.

If you’re having this problem, worry no longer, because we’re here to help!

In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the most popular cable alternatives available today.

Now then, let’s get started!

1. HD Antenna

An HD antenna is one of, if not the most cost-effective alternatives to cable. In fact, in some areas, an HD antenna is completely free. Crazy, right?

We’ll be honest, you’re not going to get a ton of channels with an HD antenna. But if you’re not big on TV and just want to be able to catch the news or an occasional game on a local station, an HD antenna may be the perfect choice for you.

2. Sling TV

Sling TV is one of many streaming services out there that cord cutters are taking advantage of. With Sling TV, you’ll save money, have no contract, and can pick TV packages that suit your watching habits.

And remember, with no contract, you can cancel at any time.

3. PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is very much like Sling TV with many of the same benefits.

Don’t let the “PlayStation” in the name fool you, you don’t need the gaming console to enjoy the streaming service. Like Sling TV or any other streaming service, all you need is a smart TV or a smart device to watch on an actual TV.

4. Hulu

Hulu, unlike some of the other streaming services out there, gives you access to local stations, which is great if you’re interested in keeping up with local news and events.

And if you’re okay with spending a few extra bucks, you can get a Netflix-like on-demand service with Hulu, which is a nice bonus.

5. IPVT Shop

IPTV Shop is new to the streaming service game but already one of the most valuable options available. You’ll get access to a Video on Demand library, as well as your favorite television channels, with your IPTV subscription.

Bundling everything together to cut any hassle is a nice touch.

Now You’re Ready to Ditch Cable!

Now that you’re aware of a few of the more popular cable alternatives that are available to you, you’re ready to ditch cable for good!

Research your options before picking any streaming service. Also, don’t forget that most services aren’t bound by a contract, meaning you can try something and cancel it if you’re not happy.

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Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn't know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.