Comcast is the biggest player in pay television today with more than 25 million customers from coast to coast. Additionally, they own several cable networks and NBC/Universal. Size does have some benefit, as they can offer hundreds of channels and lightning fast internet service through their Xfinity TV brand, but it also comes at a high monthly cost.
If you are tired of the high prices on your monthly cable bill, you should check into the alternatives to Comcast cable. Whether you live in a large city or a small neighborhood served by Comcast/Xfinity, there are always other options to consider. Here is a brief rundown of some of those options.
1.) Satellite TV – Most are aware of the competitive video channel lineups offered by DISH Network and DIRECTV. Both companies offer hundreds of channels in their satellite TV packages, and also quite a bit of high definition channel content. The problem for many is that they either live in an apartment, and don’t have the ability to set up a satellite dish, or they do not want to commit to the two year contract required by DISH and DIRECTV. Another disadvantage with satellite is that they do not offer high speed internet connections, so you will either have to keep your Comcast internet or change to your local DSL provider.
But if you can commit to a contract, and do have a place for the satellite dish – satellite television service is usually your best bet in saving money over Comcast cable.
2.) AT&T Uverse/Verizon FiOS/Centurylink Prism TV – Several years back, telephone companies began to realize that they were losing out on billions by not offering cable TV service. Even worse, millions were disconnecting their land lines and moving them over to the cable company, or just relying on their cell phone.
Because of this, phone companies took the plunge and invested billions in network upgrades, resulting in a new alternative to Comcast and other cable providers. AT&T Uverse is concentrated in the midwest and south, while Verizon FiOS is now in major markets like Philadelphia, New York city, and parts of Boston.
CenturyLink is the newcomer to this game, offering Prism TV in just a handful of markets. Expect CenturyLink to compete with Comcast in the years ahead in markets like Colorado and Washington state, where they have inherited millions of former Qwest customers.
3.) Netflix/Blockbuster/Hulu – All pay television providers will have to react quickly in the next few years, as Americans are once again changing the way they watch TV. Many who have no need to watch live TV have already dumped Comcast and switched to an all-streaming entertainment lifestyle. This works well for non-sports fans, and also those who just don’t watch a lot of TV.
A Netflix subscription is just $8 a month for streaming capabilities, and for as little as $8 a month you can also get one DVD at a time through the mail. DISH Network subsidiary Blockbuster is getting into the streaming game as well, and also offers DVD exchanges in-store with certain plans. Customers who enjoy a limited number of TV shows can buy them off of Hulu. All of these options offer an alternative to high priced cable services like Comcast.
So if you’ve had it with Comcast cable, there is no need to go without some sort of entertainment package. Some will cut your bill significantly, others will provide you a comparable entertainment experience at a slightly lower monthly cost.