Try This to Replace Cable for $25 Per Month

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Depending on whom you ask, the average cable TV plan costs anywhere from $83 to $118 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, despite recent price hikes,” CR says.

The plan CR landed on includes:

This combination provides sports, news, popular movies, new and classic series, kids’ favorites, live events, plus programming from cable standards like:

  • ABC
  • A&E
  • AMC
  • BET
  • Bravo
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS
  • Comedy Central
  • E
  • ESPN
  • Fox
  • Fox Sports
  • FX
  • MTV
  • NBC
  • NFL Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • Oxygen
  • Paramount
  • PBS
  • Showtime
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Syfy
  • USA Network
  • Viacom

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 “21 Streaming Services That Are Completely Free.”

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