I have been infuriated for quite a while by my Comcast internet and cable service. Every year it seems the bill tends to creep higher until I call and they negotiate another lower paying deal and the pattern continues. This spring our bill rose to $180 from $120 I negotiated last spring. We have basic internet and basic channels with the addition of, say, like Hallmark and Disney Junior and few sports channels. We have NO premium channels.
I talked with several people who experienced the same issue and did some research on my own. After talking with other dissatisfied customers who had cut their cable, it was obvious to me in order to lower our internet and cable bill, we would need to cut the cable, too.
Our first action step was to switch from Comcast to Century Link for our internet carrier service. We ordered basic internet from Century Link for $38 a month. We had to pay Comcast a $128 early termination fee, but the savings with Century Link of nearly $130 a month will totally recover that cost. Our internet connection is actually consistently faster and more efficient than Comcast.
The second step, we got a RCA digital antenna for about $35, which has 20 plus basic channels and some surprise ones we liked as well. Digital antennas have come along way since the age of Rabbit Ears, they are very sleek and fit just about anywhere.
We had already been paying $8.99 for Netflix. We ordered Sling TV which has 25+ channels. We pay $20 a month for the basic package of Sling. Sling TV has an offer that, if you pay for 3 months in advance, they will give you a Roku box for free. Duh? Of course we’ll pay for 3 months.
Our monthly bill with Comcast was $178.00. We currently pay for Century Link, Netflix, and our Sling TV a mere $66 a month. The only drawback with this method is we are not able to DVR shows. We didn’t do this that often so it’s not a deal breaker for us. You can always catch shows on Hulu TV which is on Netflix and Roku.
So far, we are paying for TV channels we like to view for a whole lot less money! My only regret is I wished we had done this sooner!