Dude…how ridiculous is your TV bill? Okay so maybe if you have cable it MIGHT not be soooo bad. But hell for satellite…which is really the only thing available in my neck of the woods….we are looking down the barrel of a $200 per month bill. YIKES!
My previous mindset has been, “We can totes afford it.” And we can, but that seems pretty wasteful, especially since we don’t want to be working until we are 60, or even 45 for that matter. (Yes “gig-retirement” is what we are after.) But we have some challenges that I suspect many of you may have that have swayed us from “cutting the cord.”
Challenge 1: We love live sports, specifically football. During football season, we watch it all. College and NFL. Pre-game and post-game. We play fantasy football too. The ability to watch live sports is top priority.
Challenge 2: Local channels. Although we don’t watch the news much. We do live in an area prone to severe weather. Access to local news is key during storm season. We also live below the level of antenna reach, so that isn’t an option for free local channels.
Challenge 3: We love some shows that come on the major networks and are not (to my knowledge) available on Hulu and some of the other streaming services.
Challenge 4: We only have DSL available in our area. BUMMER. So sometimes streaming anything is a pain in the ass. (And also means standard Cable TV isn’t an option.
Sling fills in the gaps on the shows we can’t get on Hulu and Netflix. And for $25-40 per month, plus no contract, it is perfect for the budget.
The best part is, SlingTV has live TV! And live Sports!
There are really only a few caveats to Sling, and with the result being $175 net savings (or roughly $30k over 10 years) I think we will manage. Here’s what we have found they are (to help you decide):
Caveat 1: There ARE commercials. There are 90 seconds worth, three times a show. Meh.
Caveat 2: There is no DVR, yet. It is my understanding that the DVR service is in beta now.
Caveat 3: You really need and Amazon Fire Stick or Roku or a NEW AppleTV to use it well. Sling offers some sweet deals on those too at a big savings. We figured even purchasing 1 for each of our TVs we are still coming out way ahead and back to saving after 2-4 months.
Caveat 4: We also would like to leave our Hulu account, but aren’t quite confident enough to do so…yet.
Have you tried SlingTV? You can do a trial week here: www.SlingTV.com
If you don’t Sling, then what do you use? Let me know in the comments below!