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Luke’s Office: Is Cord Cutting Really Cheaper?


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  • Donna

    If you want the basic, Hulu+=$8.99, next day network programming except for CBS =$5.99 and Netflix =$9.99 Total cost $24.97 if you add cable stations i.e. PlayStation Vue =$29.99 that brings your cost up to $54.96 That’s right up there to cable but no contracts, at any time you can cancel what you find you are not watching , you have control, which the cable companies took away from you. Happy cutting

  • Jack Astor

    OTA cost me nothing! I am saving over $100 a month. Cord Cutting is saving me a bundle.

  • RowMan

    With an antenna, TiVo, Fire TV, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and a host of FREE (and legal) streaming services, I get the features of satellite or cable (DVR, program guide, on-demand content) and MORE of the content my family wants to see at less than half the cost of DirecTV. The equipment costs were recovered in the first six months. We went from $110 per month to about $30 per month. For our family, cord-cutting has been awesome.

    Simply buying my parents a TiVo, an antenna, and a Fire TV Stick, and then setting them up with ONLY the free streaming services, their TV bill went from $50 per month for basic Dish Network to $0 per month. They retain the things that they’re used to (DVR, program guide) and have access to way more movies and music than what they were paying for with basic Dish. By doing it right by doing the research, almost anyone can save a ton of money over cable or satellite.

    Recently, I let a DirecTV guy at the fair give me his sales pitch. When he finished, I told him about my whole setup and the cost per month. He replied, “Really? That sounds awesome!” and then asked me to list the equipment again so he could write it down. Unless he gets all of his DirecTV for free, I might have convinced him to cord-cut or at least seriously look into it.

  • FREETELEVISION

    I have been a cord cutter for over 10 years. I cut when I retired at 62. It is just getting better in recent years and months. I have NETFLIX, HULU, AMAZON, STARZ and SLING. VUDU for rental, if we can’t find what we want on these services. I say we, because I share this with my Niece at her house. I have 4 ROKU TV’s at my house. She has three ROKU TV’s at her house for 3 children. The children as well as I have ROKU’s, iPads, iPhones, laptops, and ROKU sticks to carry in their purse for use at friends sleepovers. All of these services are available in two homes and on all the devices for a total of $70.44 a month. Impossible to have this kind of service with cable costing at least twice the price. YES CORD CUTTING IS REALLY CHEAPER!!!!!!!!! Love your column Luke!!!

  • JediKnight

    One thing Luke didn’t mention is considering the cost of the leftover services (internet and home phone) if you have it bundles with your cable tv. In many instances, when you drop the tv service, they will increase the price of the remaining services…which will dip into your cost savings. It’s probably not enough to be a dealbreaker, but it is something to consider.

    I’m sure that a lot of people are also dropping their home phone service (if they haven’t already done so). Not sure if that’s an option in my neighborhood, as it is tied to our gate entry system. I’ve inquired about whether it can be changed to call a wireless phone. If it can’t, then I’m still stuck with that service that I barely use.

  • crawdad62

    Directv was costing me $148 dollars a month. I had Netflix and Amazon Prime (more for free shipping) so those aren’t even factored in. Now I have AppleTV with a Tablo for OTA channels and Sling with a few addons. I pay $40.00 for the Sling package and less than $5 a month for the guide on the Tablo. $148 vs. $45? Winning!

  • beentheredonethat2

    I am saving $74 a month. I only have Hulu ad free for $11.99 a month. Personally I don’t see paying for Netflix and Hulu at the same time. Just a few clicks and I can switch from one to anouther every so often. Right now I am finding so much to watch my housekeeping is falling behind.