If you’re still paying for cable or satellite TV but mostly watching streaming content, you’re basically ‘quiet quitting’ cable. Why not cut cable for good and save money? These three easy steps take the guesswork out of making the switch and will help you maximize your entertainment savings.
STEP 1 – Check Your TV Equipment
If you’re watching streaming content most nights, you probably already have the right equipment like a Smart TV or a streaming stick.
But if you’ve been relying on your cable box to access Netflix or using an old-style Chromecast to mirror content from a smartphone or tablet to your ‘dumb’ TV, you’ll want to upgrade.
There’s no need to drop big bucks on a Smart TV if your current screen works fine and has an open HDMI port. Simply connecting a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast with Google TV or Apple TV to your television will replace your cable box and include an easy-to-use remote control for as little as $30 and save money.
STEP 2 – Resist the Urge to Add Paid Streaming Subscriptions
In the US, 85% of households have at least one paid streaming service subscription, but on average folks subscribe to four.
If you’ve already been shelling out for Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and others on top of your cable or satellite TV subscription, you may be tempted to add even more paid streaming content when you cancel cable.
TV Lovers who try to rebuild a cable package with paid streaming services risk erasing potential savings and winding up with more content than they can or want to watch.
Resist the urge to add even more paid streaming content, instead start exploring the many free ad-supported streaming platforms on your Smart TV or streaming device like the Roku Channel, Freevee, Pluto TV, TubiTV and more.
STEP 3 – Explore OTA Content with a TV Antenna
For times when you would normally reach for your cable remote to tune in to news, sports, or shows like Jeopardy, The Bachelor, or Abbott Elementary, you’ll want an Over-the-Air TV antenna.
With an antenna, you can watch major network channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the CW, PBS and many more subchannels with awesome retro content, perfect for times when you don’t want to pick something specific to watch.
If you miss the convenience of your cable DVR, you can even get a DVR for your TV antenna. It’ll show you what’s on thanks to a Live TV grid guide, let you schedule late-night shows to record so you can get a good night’s sleep and even stream live and recorded TV to multiple screens in your home.
BONUS STEP – Look for Deals
There are tons of free trials, free streaming subscriptions bundled with wireless phone service and regular discounts on TV tech hardware.
For example, during our Labor Day sale you can score a deal on storage-included Tablo antenna DVRs through September 7th:
- Tablo DUAL 128GB regularly $169.99 USD now just $139.99 USD
- Tablo QUAD 1TB regularly $239.99 USD now just $219.99 USD
The Tablo DUAL 128GB is a great option that lets you record and stream up to two antenna TV channels at once and record up to 80 hours of HDTV, right out of the box.
And the Tablo QUAD 1TB lets you catch all your favorite broadcast TV shows with four tuners and enough storage on the included SATA hard drive to record and stream entire seasons worth of shows!
Even better, the Tablo web store offers FREE shipping all day, every day! No minimum purchase required.
Plus, all Tablo OTA DVRs are covered by our 30-day money-back guarantee and 1-year warranty.