How To: Save Money on Cable

How To: Save Money on Cable


At home I had it all: all of the HD channels, HBO and a DVR with a maxed out storage capacity. When I moved down to Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) I had to say goodbye to all of it.

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Living without cable is a daily struggle (first world problem, I know). But when all of your friends live off-campus and their parents are sporting for premium cable packages, you find yourself planning your hang outs around prime time programming.

Gob Bluth: I Just thought that we could hang out
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When plans with my friends fell through, and I missed the premiere episode of Game of Thrones however, I knew I’d have to find some cable alternatives that didn’t require a year long commitment. Here’s a list of some ways you can ditch your cable provider but still stay plugged in (legally, of course).

Sling ($20)
Just like cable, Sling offers a variety of different packages. The base package ($20) includes the following networks: ESPN, TNT, TBS, AMC, Adult Swim, Disney Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network and more! For $5 more each you can add: lifestyle, kids, sports and more. The basic package will grant you access to the two most important shows: The Walking Dead and Barefoot Contessa!

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HBO Now ($14.99)
If you’re Looking for the full HBO experience, try the new standalone streaming service HBO Now. Currently, the service is exclusive to the App Store, where you can try a free 30-day trial. With your HBO NOW subscription, you can also enjoy HBO on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Did you already sign up for HBO through your cable provider…?

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Netflix ($7.99+)
Some of the best series are exclusive to Netflix including: House of Cards, Orange is The New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Starting at $7.99, most of us have access to someone’s Netflix account, or we’re still on our parents. If you don’t, take advantage of the free 30-day trial available to new members. The only thing better than being able to watch new episodes of series live, is to watch all 12 seasons at once.

Portlandia: Cheering for next episode
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