Tired of High Cable Bills??

     One of the most common questions I get from customers recently is, “How can I get rid of my high cable bill, but still watch all the shows I like?” There are many options available, but are there too many? In this article, I am going to break down some of the options available so you can assess whether they are worth it for your needs.
      Most people have cable, satellite, or Verizon Fios where they pay a flat monthly fee for the service and a monthly fee to rent the cable boxes. These companies offer introductory rates, but after six months or a year that rate skyrockets. These are convenient choices, but many people are frustrated with the service and cost of them.
      Another option is Tivo. In this case, you buy the cable box, which eliminates the monthly rental fee that cable companies charge. You would then only pay for your cable service each month. Tivo also takes other online services like Netflix and Hulu and makes it easy to watch recent shows. I have found this to be the best option.
     You may think, “Wait, I can get rid of my cable box? I don’t have to pay a monthly rental fee anymore?” The answer is yes…almost. Currently there is a law being developed through the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) that could deregulate cable boxes. This means that cable companies will have to eliminate their monopoly over cable boxes in their customers’ homes. The gist of the law states that any company can make a cable box and sell it. Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire could become cable boxes.  Just as in the case of Tivo, you would still pay the cable company for the service, but not for the box.
     I believe that by the end of this decade, everything will change and television and movies will be exclusively available over the Internet. Therefore, cable boxes will slowly phase out completely.
     Your next question may be, “What if I want to ditch my cable NOW?” The answer is, you can. There are many services that allow you to watch any show you want, but they will be on a delay. A few examples are Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Sling TV, Vudu, and Amazon Prime. These all have different costs per month or year, but they have most of the shows you enjoy.
     The main thing to consider with all of these companies is who owns them. Who are you investing your money into? For example, if you have invested $500 into Amazon for their TV and movies, all of that will be lost if they go bankrupt (we know that won’t happen anytime soon, though). Amazon was an example, but this can happen with smaller companies like Vudu. All of these different services will require you to check many different places for the same thing. It can be frustrating to find what you are looking for if you go this route. Be aware of all of your options before you make a switch.
     If you are considering replacing your cable box, or cable altogether, please call us at 732-341-5014 to discuss the options that may best fit your needs.