Depending on whom you ask, the average cable TV plan costs anywhere from $83 to $217 per month.
So even in the cheaper case, a new DIY package of streaming services highlighted by Consumer Reports can knock more than two-thirds off your bill.
Yes, many streaming businesses already offer package deals intended to replace cable, but they can cost $65 or more per month. But “we managed to assemble a decent TV plan on an ultra-tight budget of just $25 per month,” CR says.
The plan CR landed on includes:
- Paramount+ Essentials: $5
- Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu: $13
- Peacock Premium: $5
This combination provides sports, news, popular movies, new and classic series, kids’ favorites, live events, plus programming from cable standards like:
- Big Ten Network
- Comedy Central
- Fox Sports
- NFL Network
- Smithsonian Channel
- USA Network
Consumer Reports admits this combination won’t work for everyone, but it does cover a lot of bases for the money.
You can also always supplement your viewing with “17 Streaming Services That Are Completely Free.”
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