cut your cable bill

One Cable Cord Cutting Quest – part 2

cut your cable bill

Here are some followup thoughts to my previous article –
Have you cut the cord — in other words, do you get your television programs by means other than cable or satellite? Would you cord-cut if it were cheaper than your current bill?

The truth is, whether or not you should cut the cord depends on your own viewing preferences. Do you watch sports? Are you addicted to HBO shows? How much live TV do you watch?

In October 2014, CBS also announced a subscription service called CBS All Access. For a monthly fee of $6, subscribers will be able to stream CBS live (though not some sports events), and watch current CBS shows such as The Good Wife and Blue Bloods a day after they air on TV. Older CBS shows such as Star Trek and CSI: Miami are also available for streaming.

How do those costs stack up to a cable or satellite bill? The average cable TV bill is expected to reach $123 per month in 2015, or a stunning $1,476 per year (estimate by the NPD Group). At four episodes per month, a hit show like The Walking Dead could be had for $12 per month.

– A subscription to Netflix streaming ($9 per month, or $108 per year), which provides TV shows, movies and a fast-growing roster of original shows, such as Orange is the New Black.

– A subscription to Hulu Plus ($8 per month, or $96 per year), for programs from ABC, Fox, NBC, the BBC and other networks.

– A subscription to Amazon Prime ($99 per year), for original programs such as Alpha House, HBO’s back catalog, movies and other TV shows, including many children’s programs.

In my previous article I did not add my entire criteria for choosing my path. I wanted to get local channels and a premium channel and lower my cable bill by over half.  I wanted to have a DVR. because I don’t want to schedule my time around TV shows or movies I watch. I want to see what I want when I have time. I also wanted high-speed Internet and dial-up or DSL does not pass my speed test.

Installation of the cable modem was easy.  It requires a call to your cable company. mine is Comcast before it will deliver Internet. Be sure to change the default password for the Admin Dashboard and WiFi.  There are many people that do not do this and hackers can access your home network or the router setup itself.  My Internet speed is about the same as before with the rented equipment, but latency or response time is slightly better.  Of course if you own your own cable modem it saves on rental fees and will pay for itself.

The Tivo Roamio DVR I chose is a nice system. It takes registration to your cable company and  on the Tivo website.  I was able to get a Tivo Subscription but could not find a coupon to save at the time of registration for my subscription. I saved by pre-paying for a year, giving me 12 months for the price of 10. One nice thing I discovered is that the Tivo mini, in my second room does not any cost for subscription.  Comcast previously charged me a $10 HD technology fee.  With Tivo HD was free. The remote was RF (radio frequency) instead of infrared and does not require line-of-sight proximity to work. The other feature I was pleased with was that search on the guide includes Internet program options like Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube.  There are also Internet Apps for many Internet services including music.

I’ll report back again on my experience as I am new to my setup and want to give a fair review. Again the only negative is the subscription fee that Tivo charges.  But over time I will still pay for the equipment vs rental.