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How to Cut the Cord


It’s true! You can watch TV without paying the high cost of cable or satellite, and there are plenty of ways to do it.

After the first year—and any promotional discounts—the cost of internet and a satellite TV subscription can easily exceed $170 per month, more than $2,000 per year. Adding the cost of satellite or cable box fees can easily overwhelm your budget.

You have options for cutting the cord, dropping the dish and watching what you want when you want it—affordably. First you need a fast, reliable internet connection with the ability to handle streaming live TV, like BEC’s fiber internet. Second, you need a streaming service or HD antenna.

Online streaming services combined with affordable high-speed internet (like BEC Fiber, which starts at only $39.99 per month) can save the average household consumer more than $900 per year when they drop the satellite dish.

Stand-Alone Network Subscriptions

An example of a stand-alone network subscription would be CBS All Access, which starts at less than $10 per month, offers access to both live TV and recorded programs. HBO Now, Showtime and Starz offer live and recorded versions of their channels for a minimal monthly fee, as well.

You’ll need a streaming device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, or Smart TV to stream these network subscriptions.

Live News and Sports

Some broadcast networks offer free local news programs online. Check your local news station’s website to determine if it offers a live stream.

Streaming sports services are available through sports leagues’ websites, and prices vary depending on how many games you want to watch.

Due to licensing agreements, the streaming services cannot show games covered by your local stations. To watch those games, use an HD antenna or an antenna combined with a streaming device.

HD Antenna for Live Broadcast TV

An HD antenna is yet another way to get live TV without a cable or satellite subscription.

An HD antenna picks up local broadcast signals from the airwaves and brings them to your TV by connecting to a streaming device or directly to your TV. Depending on where you live, this could provide a few channels, or dozens.

Some popular HD antennas are suited for indoor and outdoor use and range from $40 to $150.
Not every area or neighborhood is well suited for antenna viewing, especially considering that broadcast signals can be obscured or blocked by hilly terrain. Before you purchase an antenna, search online for a “TV signal analysis tool” to determine which channels are available in your area.

Combining an Antenna and a Streaming Device

You could use an HD antenna alone and see how many channels and what kind of signal quality you get.
Or you could use an HD antenna in combination with a streaming device to stream shows and movies to your TV. If you want to use a streaming device, you’ll need to have reliable, high-speed internet to do so. The more devices you want to stream to at once, the more bandwidth speed you’ll need. This is especially true if you stream movies and shows in 4K.


Posted: 2/26/2021 10:06:51 AM
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