I’m so excited to be sharing my first LIVE Facebook broadcast here on my new Blog! In today’s live broadcast, I walked you through the steps I took to get rid of my cable TV subscription.
It’s not that I didn’t like my cable TV subscription, it’s just that I don’t watch much TV… period. And the main reason I hung onto the cable box was to be able to watch sports.
But with so many options for streaming media, plus the rising cost of cable TV subscriptions, I just had to take the plunge and dump my cable.
I did this in two steps:
- Set up a digital antenna in my attic.
- Purchased streaming media devices and subscriptions to various apps.
I mounted this ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount antenna in my attic, ran the coax line into my utility room, and connected it to the splitter that once fed the cable TV signal throughout my house. After running a channel search on each TV in the house, I had my digital broadcast channels – like CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC, and PBS.
Then I purchased streaming media players for each TV that I wanted to watch over-the-internet media on (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc). I purchased one Roku 3, a Roku 4, and an Amazon Fire stick. (If you have a smart TV with these apps built into the TV, you don’t need to purchased a streaming media player) I purchased a subscription to Sling TV for channels like TBS, Cartoon Network, and ESPN, plus I can add additional packages through Sling TV for things like sports, movies, HBO, etc.
While the upfront costs were more, I believe my move has paid for itself over the past 6 months. My cable TV bill was somewhere around $60+. After purchasing the streaming devices (which varied in price from $40-$110), I pay about $36 per month for my streaming options ($10 for Netflix, $20 for Sling TV, and $6 for CBS All Access app)
I’m very happy with my choice! Check out my video that shows you more about how I setup my system.
NOTE: I am not an electrician, cable installer, or professional electronics person. I’m just a geek who likes to save a dime and enjoys do-it-yourself options. If you choose to do any procedures in my video, you do so at your own risk.