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Should You Ditch Cable in Your New Home?

Alternatives to Cable

Now, more than ever, many homeowners are choosing to ditch their cable packages. With a variety of entertainment options with a bevy of programing, traditional cable subscriptions are on the decline. Here are a couple of cable alternatives that should make cutting the cord to the big cable companies a no brainer.

Netflix – $8.99 a month

The leader in online streaming, this cable alternative boasts a huge catalog of TV programs, movies, documentaries, and award winning original programing. Netflix also makes it easy to ditch cable as they offer all of these and more commercial free.

Hulu Plus – $7.99 a month

Hulu does offer a free service but for the most current seasons of your favorite shows and movies Hulu Plus is the viable option. It is a bit cheaper then some of the competitors however it does offer advertisements within its programing.

Amazon Prime – $99 annually

Amazon Prime offers a huge selection of available programing including the hit series Downton Abbey and other BBC nad PBS programs. In addition to their already popular, free two-day shipping on, customers have recently gotten access to HBO original programing as Amazon Prime became the first and only streaming service to offers streaming HBO content outside of HBOgo.

Crackle – Free

Crackle has made some headlines recently by having an exclusive partnership with Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his web comedy series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” as well as showing select episodes of his hit 90’s sitcom. As another option for free movie and television streaming you can find some hidden gems in there growing catalog.

Xbox Gold – $60 annually

Xbox offers a annual membership at a reasonable price that converts your TV set in to a Smart TV. Instantly search the web, browse movies or activate any of your apps through their app interface. and the new Xbox One has recently announced an exclusive partnership with the NFL bringing direct action of the whole league to your fingertips. Xbox and other game consoles are great if you are actively gaming but if you are looking to just stream there are other affordable options like the Roku or Chromecast.

Pairing a couple of these services together is easy and cheaper than your annual cable bill. No longer being tied to the rigid cable schedule or having to manage a variety of DVR schedules, you can easily find and enjoy all the TV shows, movies, or music you want with out the crushing price tag of cable.