Many apartment complexes force or forced consumers to choose one cable provider. Renters literally didn’t have any choices. But today that no longer is a concern. There are a multitude of cable alternatives that anyone can use.

Tired of paying that cable bill that can easily go over $100 per month? We know that you love your TV shows, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay a lot to watch them. If you are like most people, you have a budget that you’re trying to stay under. But recently there are many different options that are worth your consideration.

Quick Note

Many of these options have been increasing in pricing. Youtube TV start out in the $30 range but now has increased to about $50 per month. And this doesn’t include your internet connection. Be careful because by the time you factor in all of the options an upgrades, this may now rival your cable bill.

YoutTube TV has quietly increased in price

Cheap Cable Alternatives

Not only are these cheaper than regular cable TV, in many situations you can watch them on your phones, tablets, and computers. That’s a huge bonus when you are traveling or not at home. We have listed 6 great options. Some of them won’t even require you to purchase any additional hardware. But if you love watching TV on the big screen, all the options are compatible with your television at home. You won’t need a repairman to come out and install them!

Sling TV

Keep in mind this is just a short list. There are other options and many keep popping up.  Cable companies have also responded by offering “lighter” versions of their content. DirectTV Now is an AT&T streaming service is one example. Always ask your cable provider about any current discounts in order to save money. One of the cheapest alternatives is Sling TV It’s great for those of you who are renting a place. You don’t have to worry about calling the cable company or disconnecting services. It really goes wherever you go.

Apple TV plus

Apple TV Plus Programming and Cost

For those of you asking about Apple TV, the service will launch on November 1st. At a cost of only $5 a month, this is extremely competitive to what else you can find in the marketplace. Promotions are out. If you purchase a new Apple item, you qualify to get an entire year of Apple TV Plus for a full year.   For the rest of us, we all qualify for 7 days free. 

Watchers will be able to view all of the content on the new Apple TV app on all of its devices. Other devices will include Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and some smart television sets manufactured by Samsung. 

As of yet, Apple has confirmed nine different titles. The Morning Show, For All Mankind, and Dickinson are just a few of the titles that will be available. 


Alternatvies to Cable

Pros of New Cable Options:

  • They are much more affordable than the dominant players in the industry
  • You won’t have to rent or purchase any cable boxes
  • You won’t have to worry about any longer term contracts and termination fees
  • Take the services with you on the go.


Our Favorite Cable Remotes

Many of these devices like Apple TV and Roku will come with their own remotes. We will go over the best and worst remotes for these cable free alternatives here:

Amazon Remote

Apple Remote

Cheapest best options for tv?

Some of the Cheapest TV options include Sling TV and Youtube TV. You can get many local channels plus all of your favorites like ESPN, TNT, and History Network.


No longer will you have to accept the exclusive cable companies that many apartments in Dallas, Houston, and Austin sign deals with. There are plenty of alternative options that offer renters a great watching experience.

Frequently Asked Questions
Are there good alternatives to cable that allow you to watch tv shows without paying a lot?

yes there are many. Sling TV and Youtube offer more economical plans. Sling TV offers both an Orange and a Blue subscription. Services start at just $15 a month. Youtube TV is marketed heavily. It starts at $49.99