We Cut the Cable Cord! How We Kept Our Favorite Channels AND Our Money

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Jordan and I got married in 2012, a few months after he purchased our first home.  We decided to sign up with DirecTV for the new house because we both had Time Warner Cable at our apartments and weren’t happy with the quality.  DirecTV was great at first… so many channels, the NFL Sunday Ticket during football season… but that initial infatuation disappeared quickly when the promotional periods ended the bill started to rise.

I’m not kidding you – we would pay between $180 and $240 PER MONTH for our DirecTV service.  Granted part of that was because we ran (2) DVRs and (4) other cable boxes for Jordan’s man cave, but still.  That is SO EXPENSIVE!  After a while I quit even looking at the bills.  I would just get online and pay it at the very last minute and live in denial.

The idea of cutting the cable cord was appealing and we researched different streaming services.  I found a few that carried the channels that I wanted, but there was one thing that prevented Jordan from making the switch: SPORTS CHANNELS.

Football season is our favorite time of year, and especially so for Jordan.  While we travel up to Michigan for all of the U of M home games, we still needed a reliable way to watch the away games from our couch.  There was absolutely no way Jordan was going to sign up for a service that didn’t offer him the Big Ten Network, and we weren’t about to go watch the game a Buffalo Wild Wings or another sports restaurant because of the obvious fact we’re Michigan fans living in Ohio and that just wouldn’t be a pleasant experience.

And then finally, one glorious March afternoon, I get a phone call from my husband telling me he just heard about a streaming service that might just be the answer to our problems:  PlayStation Vue.  After doing research for a week or so, we decided that this service was exactly what we needed.  Jordan called and ended our contract with DirecTV, signed us up for PlayStation Vue, and we ordered Amazon Fire TV Sticks to run the service on.  Although those run $40-$50 a piece, at least we’re not being billed monthly for having the equipment.

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I thought that I’d answer a few of the questions you might have about PlayStation Vue and how we’re using it:

What are we paying now?  $35/month.  We have the “Core Slim Package” which is the middle tier.  This means we’re saving AT LEAST $140 a month, if not more.  That is $1680 PER YEAR which is a pretty large number.  I can think of a lot we can do with that extra money.

What channels do we get?  We get over 70 channels, including Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, Fox Sports Network, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nickelodeon, Disney, TLC, HGTV, TBS, TNT, TruTV, SEC Network, E!, and more!

How many TVs can watch at once?  Unlike other streaming services that only let you log on from one TV at a time, you can have FIVE devices connected at once.  This means that when it is March Madness, Jordan can have all four of the basement TVs connect AND I can still have one going upstairs with something other than basketball on.

Any downside?  Well, we don’t get local channels (so like local ABC, CBS, etc.) BUT that won’t really matter until football season.  We’re looking into a digital antenna that can pick up those networks for us and have plenty of time to figure it out.

I know we’re super new to this service, but so far I am absolutely loving it and I feel SO GOOD knowing that we’re saving so much money.

Have you thought about getting rid of cable?  What questions do you have about PlayStation Vue?  Leave me a comment below!

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5 comments

  1. This is a great idea! Ive been thinking of cutting the cable myself. Do you need a playstation for this idea? I’ve heard of the firestick, what do you plug it into?

    1. Hey, Heather! Nope – you don’t have to own a PlayStation to use this service. Woo hoo! All you need is an Amazon Fire Stick which runs about $40 for the standard model or $50 for the version with voice control. You just plug it into an HDMI port on your TV and also plug it into an electrical outlet. Connect it to WiFi and you’re all set!

  2. This is a cool concept. I just watch a lot of stuff on the network TV channels. But I also watch a lot of HGTV and Food Network, which it sounds like you get. I’ll have to talk to my husband about this. Thanks for sharing!

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