If there is one universal truth we have all come to accept at this point with regards to cable companies, it’s that their services are insanely overpriced. All those years of lobbying regulators has paid off big time, and cable companies constantly get away with eliminating competition and overcharging customers. With subscriber counts falling, pricing will continue to rise as pay TV providers do what they can to offset those declines.

Do you want to pay even more than you already do now? Do you want to keep having to kick and scream every few years until your provider agrees to put you back on a promotional rate? Of course not, and in this post we’re going to show you how to chop your cable bill in half… at least.

First things first: you need to buy your own cable modem. ISPs charge you an extra $8 to $10 each month to use their modem, and that charge will never end. Imagine leasing a car and still making payments on it 10 years later, knowing that you’re never going to actually own it!

Every single ISP in the country allows you to use your own cable modem. All you have to do is buy one, activate it, and then return your leased modem to see those monthly charges go away. If you’re on Spectrum (Time Warner Cable or Charter), Comcast, Cox, or any other standard cable provider, the NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 modem will do the trick. You’ll find a 340Mbps version on Amazon that’s fast enough for the majority of users, and there are also faster models that support speeds up to 680Mbps, 960Mbps, and 1.4Gbps.

Next up, you absolutely need to cut the cord. Right now. It might sound scary, but it’s far less painful than you think — especially since so much content from TV channels is available online now.

First, get yourself a good HDTV antenna like the 1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna and you’ll get live TV from all of the major networks and more in full HD (1080p, which is probably better than what your current cable company offers) for free. Forever.

Then, get yourself a streaming media player like the Fire TV or Roku 4. You’ll have access to all of your favorite services like Netflix and Hulu (plus much, much more) and you’ll slash your cable bill in half, at least. You can subscribe to movie channels like HBO and Cinemax without a cable plan if you want, or you can even use a service like Sling TV or DirecTV Now if you want more live channels. Trust us though, you won’t need them.

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