Spectrum TV vs Hulu with Live TV – Which is Cheaper, Cable TV or Cord Cutting?




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You may have seen a lot of talk about how cable TV is cheaper than cord cutting so today we are going to compare a real Spectrum TV bill to the cost of Hulu with Live TV. Let’s go head to head and see which option really is cheaper, cable TV or Cord Cutting.

First, a special thanks to all of the Cord Cutters News readers who sent in their cable TV bills to help make this story a reality.

The cost of Spectrum TV:

In this post, we will be looking at the Spectrum TV Basic TV & Expanded Basic TV Bundle. This package is not Spectrum’s most expensive but is a good comparison to Hulu with Live TV.

Thanks to a reader’s copy of their bills, we know that this Basic TV and Expanded Basic TV bundle with DVR service, 3 TV boxes cost $141.95 a month. Let us not stop there because there are also fees and taxes on top of that. This customer also had Spectrum Voice and Spectrum Internet for a total of $272.27. From that price, $40.34 every month was fees and taxes.

The total cost of the Spectrum TV bundle is $141.95 a month. (Plus fees and taxes)

The cost of Hulu with Live TV:

The cost of Hulu with Live TV right now is $69.99 a month to get access to 85+ live TV channels, unlimited DVR, plus Hulu’s library of on-demand content. Not only do you get all of that, but Disney+ and ESPN+ are both included in that $69.99 a month bundle!

The total cost of Hulu with Live TV is $69.99. (Plus sales tax depending on where you live.)

Total Savings of Hulu with Live TV vs Cable TV:

In total, going with Hulu over Spectrum will save you about $71.96. (Plus all the fees and taxes that you pay for Spectrum but not Hulu.) Over the course of a year Hulu with Live TV will save you $863.52 a year even before we look at fees etc.

Final Thoughts:

Yes, like everything right now, the cost of streaming services are going up, but so is the cost of cable TV. No matter how you look at it, cord cutting is still cheaper than cable TV.

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