I published a video on my YouTube channel a few years ago titled, “The #1 Mistake People Make After Canceling Cable TV.”
Since then, it’s gained more than 600,000 views and 5,000 subscribers.
Don’t Make This Cord-Cutting Mistake After Dropping Cable
I created the video at a time when a lot of people were cutting the cable TV cord in hopes of putting more money back in their pocket.
Unfortunately, not everybody saves money. Here’s the point I made in the video:
I stand by this advice today and think it’s more important than ever with the rising cost of streaming TV.
The first streaming service you sign up for after canceling cable doesn’t have to be the last.
If you have cable, there’s probably only one option where you live. But there’s a lot more competition with live TV streaming services.
Here are the main live TV streaming services that offer cable channel bundles:
- YouTube TV
- Hulu + Live TV
- Sling TV
- DIRECTV STREAM
- Frndly TV
YouTube TV is my top pick. It includes 100+ of the most popular cable channels as well as your local stations. However, there are cheaper options to consider like Sling TV and Philo.
Since streaming services typically don’t have contracts, you can always start and stop your subscriptions to save money.
I hear from a lot of people who only subscribe to YouTube TV during football season. During the off-season, they cancel YouTube TV in favor of less expensive streaming options.
- Budget live TV streaming services: Sling TV, Philo and Frndly TV offer more affordable plans with fewer channels than premium live TV services.
- On-demand streaming services: Netflix and other services that don’t carry cable TV channels are priced well below YouTube TV.
- Free streaming services: Pluto TV, Tubi and Freevee offer ad-supported content that won’t cost you a single penny.
In addition to streaming, an antenna is a great way to get your local broadcast TV stations.
The bottom line is that you want to take advantage of the competitive streaming TV environment and the flexibility that streaming offers.
Here’s an action plan:
- Set a monthly streaming TV budget
- Make a list of the streaming services you pay for
- Review your streaming TV habits monthly
- Cancel services that you aren’t using
I created a free Streaming TV Spending Tracker that you may find useful.
Comparison shopping is the final step in my guide to cutting the cable TV cord. If you’re new to the process, I have all the information you need to get started here.
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