Cutting the Cord on Cable TV's Pricey Monthly Bill
OK, so you can't stand to miss Bravo'sThe Real Housewives of Atlanta or those great documentaries on The History Channel (we admire your eclectic tastes), but are those steep cable bills making you want to pull out your hair along with the cable wires? Take a deep breath. The era of digitized content is ushering in a new wave of cost-saving viewing: From streaming-video websites to digital media providers, these alternatives to cable TV might prompt you to chuck the cable box for good. The High Cost of Cable For the price that many Americans pay for cable TV, they can enjoy a mini vacation. A digital cable package from Comcast, for example, costs $551.98 per year, just for the basics. Comcast's high-end premium package -- complete with on-demand channels -- will set you back $1,277 annually. The first step is to take inventory of what you like to watch so that you can tune into the alternatives. Free TV Other online TV sites have followed Hulu's lead, offering a different mix of content.