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Options Besides Cable or Satellite TV

Cable prices are getting pretty ridiculous these days. It's not only the cable packages but the pay-per-view movies as well. Satellite services can be just as expensive as cable. Many people are looking for other options because their bills are getting too costly. If you’re on a budget then your cable and telephone bills should be the first place you look to make some cut-backs.

The most dominant markets today are still cable and satellite TV. Recently, Verizon began to offer their own alternative called Fios. Fios is a fiber-optic wire method similar to cable. Cable, satellite services (Dish Network) and Fios are all priced about equally (way too expensive) and they deliver similar results.

Whichever option you currently have, chances are you're paying a lot for those services. It might seem like there are no other choices out there but there are. We’ll show you some alternatives to the big cable and satellite companies.

Different options to choose from:


1. Internet TV - You can watch many of your favorite shows and channels on Internet sites such as Hulu.com, Netflix.com, Ustream.tv and Freetv.com. Sites like these show advertisements at the beginning of shows instead of throughout the show and most are FREE. With a good internet connection, a television capable of interfacing with your computer and a little setup time, you can watch Hulu and these other sites right on your TV.


2. Video Game Consoles - Over the past year, research has revealed the gaming console as the method used by a plurality of US consumers to connect a TV to the Internet in order to watch online content such as TV shows, TV channels and movies. Some consoles that allow this are the Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Sony Playstation 3.



3. Streaming Internet Devices – There are some streaming internet devices out there like the Boxee or Roku that bring everything from the Internet into one place on your TV. The dashboard conveniently groups everything into categories, so your favorite shows or movies are easy to find. The prices are a onetime fee and range from $60 to $168. There is NO monthly fee associated with Boxee, so you can save on average around $1,000-$1,800 a year.


4. Satellite Direct – This service feeds over 3500 channels including high definition directly to your computer. A little connection savvy help from an online forum will have you streaming your 3500 channels from your internet, to your computer and then to your TV. The software is easy to install, takes only seconds and works beautifully (and cheaply) compared to cable or satellite service.

A lot of people pay tons of money in order to be able to watch the TV shows they can’t live without. In the process they end up spending unnecessary amounts of money, mostly for programming that they don’t even watch. If you dig a little deeper you might find that there are many free or low cost options out there.

If you are looking for more ways to cut expenses and set a household budget, contact Advantage Credit Counseling Service today. The Certified Credit Counselors at AdvantageCCS can work with you on a variety of budgeting strategies to help you make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

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