Can you Live Without Cable? Ways to Watch your Favorite Shows for Free

With the rates as high as they are it is getting more and more difficult to justify continuing to pay monthly bills for cable service. Perhaps one of the easiest ways to trim your personal budget is by simply cancelling your cable provider subscription. Believe it or not there are plenty of things to fill your time outside of watching TV, but if you can’t imagine this world, here are a few simple ways to continue watching your favorite shows without breaking the bank.

Step 1

Perhaps the simplest solution to receiving a large number of channels is by hooking up an antenna to your TV. With recent technology, all of the channels that come through on the antenna are in high digital quality. This is especially true if you live in or near a large city. A list of local channels that will come through high quality with an antenna can be found online. The antennas that are sold these days are not nearly as sensitive as they were in the past and a clear channel can come in with relatively little positioning of the antenna.

Step 2

The Internet makes watching TV easier than ever. If you already have a high speed internet connection, which you most likely do, you can use this to route TV shows to your TV. The internet offers a wide variety of shows free of charge that will make you questions why you ever paid for cable in the first place.


Step 3

A good alternative to cable is going the satellite route. Although it is true that this option does still cost money, the fact of the matter is that it can come at a fraction of the price of cable TV. Not only that, but they are much more ethical in the terms that they offer and allow you to lock in rates for sometimes more than a year. Additionally, you are able to pick and choose packages that are in line with what you are most likely to view. Therefore, you are not stuck with hundreds of channels that you have no interest in watching.

Step 4

Once again the Internet comes to the rescue. This time it is at a price, but one that is far more reasonable that paying for TV service. If you have not already checked out paid subscriptions to services such as Netflix and Hulu, it is definitely worth the research. For less than $10 a month either of these paid subscriptions give you unlimited access to a wide variety of TV shows and movies.

When you have multiple options at your disposal, you are not stuck paying for high cost utilities such as cable. Cable companies previously had a monopoly on the market but with the advent of the Internet, they are no longer able to charge high rates for seemingly low quality service. This is true with many services today. If you are unhappy with a product or service, chances are there is a competitor out there that is more than willing to meet your needs as a better price.


  1. says

    Yes you can live without cable, you can even live without the telly (Am doing it, well, not for the savings really, just not a big fan of it). And as you do point out there are cheaper alternative options and plus, one can always read a book :)


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