On Tuesday we installed our complete cord cutting package for a couple living north of Denver. Their combined bill for TV, Internet and home phone was $280.83 per month. By the time we left, their entire monthly TV and internet bill was $76.67, including tax. That is a monthly savings of $204.16…annual savings of $2,449.92. In order to accomplish their savings goals, we installed our complete cord cutting package which includes HD outdoor antenna, network DVR for antenna, networking equipment and streaming media players for three TVs. This combination of hardware and software, all 100% legal, gave this couple access to all the free HD channels available over the antenna, along with 40+ cable channels via streaming. These savings may seem a little too good to be true so the next logical question is this: “Did they get all the channels they wanted?” The answer is yes, except for two channels. They could have paid more to a different streaming service to get every single channel they wanted but for them it was not worth the additional $20 per month.
Annual savings in excess of $1,200 are common for those customers with TV, Internet and phone bills above $180 per month. Before tax, their invoice from us was $1,095. When we gave them the final invoice for our products and services, this is what they said: “Love your business model. With the amount we saved we will have you guys paid off in less than six months. After that, we can dump more into the college fund.” Financial planners should take note!
Keep in mind, DIY cord cutters will not achieve these results because they don’t do this day in and day out. At freeTVEE, we have been doing this every day for quite a while. We have tested every antenna on the market and tried countless combinations of modems, routers, network DVRs, streaming services and home automation devices. We have installed 3000+ antennas and nearly as many pieces of networking equipment and even more streaming media players. We have been in attics, crawlspaces and on top of roofs. We have untangled more wires than you can imagine. We have met thousands of spiders. All of this experience means that we know what we are doing and what it takes to save the most money by cutting the cord. In order to cut the cord and really save money, you need to understand how internet speeds and Wi-Fi actually work when it comes to streaming content.
The savings you can achieve by cutting the cord will all depend on how much you currently pay on a monthly basis. Even if your combined monthly TV, Internet and home phone bill is under $130 you can save money every month. As any financial planner will tell you, saving $50 a month is way better than saving nothing. And frankly, if your bill is only around $120 to $140 per month then you can both save and probably get even more channels.
Saving the most on TV, internet and home phone requires a fair bit of experience. You can certainly do it yourself but all the equipment we installed for the couple on Tuesday will cost you nearly $700 at retail. You will also need to buy a slew of special tools related to wiring and wi-fi testing that you do not already have. And then, you need to have the time because as a DIY cord cutter you will run into so many weird technical issues that it will take you weeks to figure it all out. We know this because about 25% of our customers have tried it themselves and failed.