Studies have shown that about 90% of all US households have access to free over-the-air television. This means that Cable TV is an unnecessary cost for most homes. Yearly savings are now at an average of $1,400 per home according to the NoCable.org “Cord Cutters” Savings Calculator
The price of the average cable TV subscription in the US is around $80 a month, and studies show the price keeps increasing by 5% annually. At that price, the value we get from cable TV is far outweighed by its cost. Over-the-air (OTA) TV on the other hand is essentially free after purchasing the DTV antenna.
With over-the-air television, you can still have access to most of your favorite local TV stations like CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CW and Telemundo. That part many of us already know. However, the crazy part here is that the channels you get over-the-air are actually broadcasted in higher quality than what you get if you were watching the same exact channel through your cable service provider. The reason for this is simple: the government allows cable TV providers to downgrade their broadcasts by as much as 30% in order to save on transmission costs. OTA TV does not have that restriction, so you get crystal-clear TV every time. That is insane if you think about it: You pay for worse quality TV than what you have available to you freely.
In addition to all the OTA network TV channels you receive, you also get many “shop-at-home”, religious or old-time retro movie channels. This is done through what is called multicasting, where broadcasters can actually send many different signals within one single broadcast. This means that while channel 2.1 might be your normal CBS affiliate, you are also receiving 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 channels that have different and unique programming.
Consider dropping Cable TV today – your wallet will thank you.