Cord Cutting Can Save You Over $9,000 Compared to Cable TV


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Cord cutting is adding up savings for those who sever ties with cable companies. Yes, cable can provide access to over 190… but a report from Mntn Research shows that most cable users only watch 15 of those and most people wish they could opt out of paying for the channels they don’t watch. Sounds reasonable, right?

Mntn Research’s report states, “The average U.S. consumer pays $1,600 annually for cable TV channels they don’t watch.” 

Broken down to monthly payments, in 2022 the average cost of cable was $147 per month for 190 channels. In 2019, the cost was $96 for 192 channels. That extra $51 a month adds up and will continue doing so as cable prices continue to surge over the years.

YouTube TV, however, is only $72.99 per month after an introductory discount price of $64.99 for the first three months. YouTube TV offers well over 100 channels, so if you’re one of the cable households who only watch 15 or fewer of the channels you’re paying for, it might be time to adjust your thinking cap on your entertainment options.

Switching to YouTube TV still gets you access to the most popular channels people report watching through cable anyway. The base plan includes AMC, Sports Network, Bravo, Cartoon Network, ABC, NBC, Disney, ESPN, Paramount Network, Nickelodeon, SyFy and so many more. YouTube TV offers add-on channels as well, including Max, Starz, and Showtime, and there are 15 sports channels to choose from as well.

Why pay roughly $1,600 a year for something you barely use over $878.88 a year for YouTube TV? And that’s not including first-time users’ three-month discount, which brings a newbie’s price down to $851.88 for the first year.

By switching to YouTube TV, you can save over $9,000 within ten years by getting rid of cable, which costs customers around $17,640 in the same time span. What would you do with that extra money? Go on a Disney cruise? Take an epic road trip?

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