Rising cable costs entice customers to other options
Posted April 21, 2014
Updated April 22, 2014
With cable costs rising 6 percent a year, it could cost consumers $200 a month, something Adam Fletcher can’t afford.
"For the amount of things that we would want to watch, that we could get with the cable, it just was out of our price range," he said.
Consumer Reports advises customers such as Fletcher to consider investing in a digital antenna.
It only costs between $8 and $80, and local stations can be accessed for free. They don’t work in all homes, so make sure it can be returned if there’s a problem.
Testers say one model worth trying is RCA’s digital antenna for $32.
Streaming video services can also fill in the gaps.
Fletcher streams movies from Netflix and picks up about 30 local stations with digital rabbit ear antennas for about $20 a month.
For those not ready to give up cable or satellite television, providers have various offers to keep customers. So, it is possible to negotiate a lower-priced plan.