Your Options for Cutting the (Cable) Cord

SAM_6655How to Customize Your Cable and Pay Less

It’s a win-win: canceling your cable service and turning to more customized and less-expensive options for your favorite shows. But whether you end up saving money depends on what you like to watch and how many a la carte services you choose. Here’s a quick look at your choices.

Buy an antenna.

Major networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, etc. are free, but you’ll need a modern antenna to pick up the broadcasts. There are indoor versions and those that perch on your roof (which Consumer Reports says are better). Enter your zip code on AntennaWeb to find out how many channels you’ll receive and which model is best for your area. Cost: $30 to $100.

Subscribe to streaming.

Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus are the “big three” in streaming services, although the depth of their libraries and the freshness of their content varies. You may have to settle for day-later viewing or last season’s shows. New contenders include HBO NOW, for full HBO access, and Sling TV, which bundles multiple networks (including ESPN for sports junkies). Cost: $7.99 to $20/month per service.

Stream to your TV.

Once you have a subscription, you’ll need to decide how to stream to your TV (unless you plan to watch your shows on a laptop or tablet). Newer smart TVs and some gaming consoles like PlayStation and Xbox have apps you can use for streaming. Otherwise, you can try Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast. Cost: $0 if you own a device, or up to $100 for a streaming device (more for gaming consoles).

You’ll have to crunch the numbers to figure out what’s best for your viewing habits. This handy tool can help you determine how many services you can subscribe to before your monthly costs end up being a wash.



About padreeliteteam

Alta Monroe, Gayle Hood, Jules Wilk & Laurie Howell are a full-time professional and dynamic team known as the Padre Elite Team with RE/MAX 1st Choice in South Padre Island. Quality service for their clients is their number one priority. To them, it is about the client's needs and protecting their interests. Finding just the right property for their buyers or helping their sellers get their property SOLD is their goal. Helping clients step through the complicated process of buying or selling a property to a smooth closing is essential to them. A personal Bio on each of the team agents is posted on their website at The South Padre Island real estate industry is changing faster than ever these days. With the changes in the economy, there are new challenges with buyers, sellers, foreclosures, short sales, Internet marketing, our education, increases in inventories, changes in comparable sales, and frustrating politics. Alta, Gayle, Laurie, and Jules strive to stay on top of all of these changes and to keep in touch with their clients. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all hold designations they have acquired through eduction. These designations include CLHMS, CRS, GRI, RSPS, CPN, ePRO, SFR and RSPS. Gayle and Jules both hold the CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designation and they are the ONLY agents in the entire Rio Grande Valley that are members of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. This better qualifies them to share their specialized expertise with a luxury home seller or buyer. Making sure the buyer and the seller are represented correctly is a priority for this team. Investing in TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) is important to this team since TREPAC has proven to be a major force in Texas by lobbying for Realtors and property rights for the consumer. For many years, the Padre Elite Team has been a major investor in TREPAC. Alta and Gayle have attended the National Association of Realtors Mid-Year Conference in Washington, D.C. often. The conference is primarily for Realtors that are Board directors or executives. It is a great way to stay on top of the current issues facing Realtors and homeowners in our country. They get to meet with their Senators and Congressmen to express their concerns. Last year they were invited to attend the Realtor PAC President’s Circle Conference in New York where they heard many famous guest speakers regarding current real estate issues. The Padre Elite Team also attends the RE/MAX International Conference each year to acquire more education and to keep up with the latest technology available to Realtors in the Marketplace. They have received numerous awards for being Top Producers in the real estate industry. Education is a priority for this entire team including their assistant, Grace. The GOOD news is that 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015 proved to be better each year for real estate sales in South Padre Island and the surrounding areas of Port Isabel, Laguna Vista/South Padre Island Golf Community, and Bayview. The real estate market is showing an increase in the number of sales and a leveling of values. Now that the market has hit the bottom, investors are finding that real estate is a great place to invest their money. It is still a buyer's market and a great time to buy. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all agree that it has been such a pleasure to live & work in a resort area such as South Padre Island. A hundred of your closest friends and family will visit when you live near the beach! Clients are always encouraged to contact them. For more information about this team and to view their blog, visit
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