Depending on who you ask, the average cable TV plan costs anywhere from $83 to $217 per month.
So even in the cheap case, a new DIY package of streaming services like the ones highlighted by Consumer Reports can shave more than two-thirds off your bill.
Yes, many streaming businesses already offer package deals intended to replace cable, but they can cost $65 or more per month. But “we managed to assemble a decent TV plan on an ultra-tight budget of only $25 per month,” says CR.
The plan on which CR landed included:
This combination provides sports, news, popular movies, new and classic series, children’s favorites, live events, as well as programming from cable standards:
ABC A&E AMC BET Bravo Big Ten Network CBS Comedy Central E ESPN Fox Fox Sports FX MTV NBC NFL Network Nickelodeon Oxygen Paramount PBS Smithsonian Channel Syfy USA Network
Consumer Reports acknowledges that this combination won’t work for everyone, but it covers a lot of bases for the money.
You can always supplement your viewing with “17 Streaming Services That Are Totally Free”.