Mr. Boomer and I spent most of the past weekend dealing with the ever-increasing bill for television and internet service. Reading how other personal finance blogs eliminated or reduced their cable bills inspired us to take action. Well, that and a $8 increase in the monthly bill!
It wasn’t all that long ago that we last changed television service providers. In those 14 months, the bill has increased $17. Generally, those increases creep up on you, one or two dollars at a time. But this last one got the attention of both of us.
Television Service Options
We have three options other than our current provider. We could go back to the cable company or try either DISH or DirectTV. The cable company would save us some money, but not enough.
We decided to try out satellite. It’s a two-year commitment so the decision wasn’t easily made. My extended family has had positive experiences with DISH and they had the best prices so we went with them.
Options and Installation
The order was placed on Saturday and installed on Sunday. It took three hours to install the dish and get three televisions going. Add this to the time we spent researching and discussing options and you can see it took a large part of our weekend.
The DISH bill is being reduced by $20 per month for the first year, but even when it bounces back to the full price it is a savings over the last provider. We still need to figure out what we’re going to do for internet service as it’s bundled right now with the last provider.
The picture seems better to us than either of the last two providers. But the DVR functionality is not as advanced. We can’t watch one program and DVR another on the same TV or watch recorded programs from any receiver.
This loss in functionality is worth saving $50 a month. Have you researched options for your television service lately?