Here’s How Frugal Families Can Cut Cable Bills and Still Watch TV
Taking care of a family is expensive. As parents, you have to make spending sacrifices, and cable is often one of the first luxuries to go when money is tight. Thankfully, there are several streaming services that provide family-friendly entertainment.
In addition to streaming services, many cable providers have begun to offer customized discount packages like Dish Network’s Sling TV. If you have small children, you might need to limit your streaming options to those that provide kids’ programming and parental controls.
Here are the best cable alternatives that will allow you to cut cable and still watch the TV programs you love.
If you love cable, but only watch select channels, your best cable alternative might be Sling TV. This live TV package starts at $20 a month for over 30 channels including ESPN, AMC, TNT, CNN, History, HGTV and the Disney Channel. There’s something for every member of the family.
Sling TV launched in 2015 and was the first multichannel live TV service streaming over the internet. While competition has increased, Sling TV is till the cheapest option. The lowest package costs $20 per month, but you can pay more to get additional or different channels.
Sling TV alternatives include DirecTV Now, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV. All these services cost between $35 to $40, higher than Sling but carry local broadcast channels.
It’s important to note that a broadband home internet connection of at least 5.0 Megabits per second is required to stream the service. With the cheapest Sling TV package, you’re only allowed to stream one show at a time. That means you can’t watch your shows on more than one device at the same time. This restriction is a major issue for families who like to watch different shows from different rooms.
Netflix has done a great job of providing parental controls. You can create separate profiles for different members of your family to keep track of shows you’re watching and relevant suggestions. There’s also a completely separate category of programming for children. When you create a profile, Netflix asks if the account is for a child. If so, you’ll be directed to the children’s programming.
Netflix offers a wide range of children’s programming, which currently includes many Disney shows and movies. This won’t be available for much longer, as Disney recently ended its partnership with Netflix, and plans to launch its own streaming service.
In addition to popular programming for cable networks, Netflix produces several of its own children’s programming including shows that feature popular characters from animated films like Puss in Boots, The Croods, Care Bears and Madagascar.
Amazon Prime Instant Video
One of the most affordable streaming options is Amazon Prime Instant Video. It’s actually included with the Amazon Prime subscription which costs just under $13 a month. Prime Video offers programming for every member of the family including TV shows and popular movies.
Amazon Prime also offers one of the best parental controls of any in the space. You can set PIN-locked barriers on media above certain maturity levels, so that only those with the pin can access adult content.
Families can stream simultaneously on up to three devices, so you don’t have to watch what your kids are watching.
If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, or simply looking to save more money each month you can cut cable and still enjoy quality programming for less. If you can’t stand to miss your favorite programming, choose options like Hulu or Sling TV where you can stream your favorite shows live or within a day of when they air.
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