The average cable bill is $99.10, according to Liechtman Research Group. From 1995 to 2014 the price of cable increased at a whopping 2½ times the rate of inflation!
Are you sick of paying a ridiculous amount every month? You're in luck -- there are new ways to watch TV and movies without using cable.
In most cases, you'll probably still need to get an Internet connection through your cable company, but you can significantly reduce your cable bill by only paying for the entertainment you want instead of being forced to buy a bundle.
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Some networks offer their own stand-alone streaming services. Check out a few below!
Subscription services like Netflix and Hulu have become very popular due to the fact that you can pick your own programming.
- Netflix: Starts at $7.99 a month
- Hulu: Starts at $7.99 a month (Showtime is an additional $8.99 a month.)
- Sling TV: $20 a month (Includes ESPN, CNN, HGTV, the History channel, and a dozen or so others!)
- Amazon Prime: $99 a year, which averages out to $8.25 a month (You can choose from various networks like Showtime and Starz as add-ons, the closest thing to à la carte TV!)
Free online entertainment
In addition to be able to watch hours of funny cat videos on YouTube, (just kidding, kind of), there are also many sites that offer free movies and TV shows.
Free Classic movies in the public domain (From 1899-present):
Free Classic TV shows in the public domain:
And finally, here’s a really fascinating archive of classic TV shows, historical news clips and fun vintage TV commercials: