David Bruce: How to cut the cord – Business – GoErie.com

Canceling cable or satellite TV can save you as much as $150 a month.

Are you a Spectrum cable television customer who is now paying $5.99, or $11.95, every month for each digital TV box in your house?

Or do you get programming from a satellite TV service like DirecTV that boosts its price after your two-year contract runs out?

Either way, there is an option to the seemingly constant rate hikes we have seen from these providers. You can cut the cord.

More than 22.2 million Americans are expected to cancel traditional cable or satellite TV in 2017, according to research firm eMarketer in a September article in Variety.com. It’s an increase from 16.7 million cancellations in 2016.

Cutting the cord can save you as much as $150 a month, depending on what channels you still want to watch. Perhaps more importantly, internet TV packages like Sling TV don’t require expensive equipment rentals or lengthy contracts.

Here are the steps you should take if you want to cut the cord:

Buy a TV antenna. You’re going to need one to receive free over-the-air programming from Erie broadcasters WICU, WSEE, WJET, WFXP and WQLN. Don’t feel you have to buy a state-of-the-art antenna because a good set of $30 rabbit ears will pick up digital signals.

Depending on where you live, you might have to place your antenna in your attic or on your roof to pick up all the signals. WSEE in particular has been difficult to receive for many people with antennas.

A roof antenna costs about $500 installed, though you can install it yourself for about $75. I put a flat antenna in my attic for $60 and it picks up all the Erie signals.

Check your internet connection. If you want to stream TV, you will need the internet.

I have Spectrum’s slowest internet plan, the former Time Warner Cable’s Everyday Low Price plan. It costs $14.99 a month — if you buy your own modem — and is about four times faster than Verizon’s slowest DSL plan. My internet is quick enough to stream video, at least in…

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