I recently went through the process of cutting my cable TV. I was using one of my local provider’s higher end TV, phone and internet package plans, renting three DVRs and multiple basic boxes for the TVs in my house – yes I have way more than I probably should – all for around $270 a month. At some point I realized I was spending over $3K a year for these services. In today’s digital age there had to be a cheaper way. So I built a list of needs.
- Receive HDTV
- DVR or play back shows on demand for three different users
- Use any TV to watch shows
- Maintain house phone at a lower price
- Maintain internet service at a sustained or better level of service
The below is the new system I installed. I needed three Simple TV DVRs and four Rokus for media streaming, so my system was around $1.4K. A one DVR and one Roku setup can be done for sub $700, and less if you need lower sensitivity antennas. I will talk more about some of the individual components in following posts.
Now I just pay for my internet ($840/yr for 50/50) and VOIP phone ($30 year). So I have gone from $270 to $83 month. It is really nice to have that money back in the bank for other things.