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Satellite TV providers offer cheap package deals for new customers.
Satellite TV providers offer cheap package deals for new customers. (Image: satellite tv dish image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com)

When times get tough, one of the first places you can cut cost is by changing to a cheaper television (TV) option. Reviewing which channels you view the most helps you determine which TV option will work best for your TV viewing habits. Having hundreds of channels and only watching the same 10, means you should consider lowering your package or switching providers. Also, bundling service may actually lower your TV bill.

Digital Converter

Most retail stores offer digital TV converter boxes for sale for a one time cost of around $45. A digital TV converter box offers local channels in high definition with the use of an antenna. The digital converter box allows you to receive analog pass--though channels, making it possible to pick up more channels than with an antenna alone. Also, a single remote provides access to your TV without multiple remotes.

Cable

Purchasing the basic cable package provides a cheap alternative for TV. If you currently have separate accounts for telephone, TV and Internet, cable also offers an option to bundle charges. This saves money and time since you only pay one bill each month, instead of three. A survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that subscribers were reasonably satisfied with the bundling of services. Determining if cable is available in your location is important when considering to use it as a cheap TV option, since it is not available in all areas.

Satellite

Customers who want high definition channels for no additional charge should consider satellite TV. The main satellite providers, Dish Network and Direct TV, offer incentives for new customers, such as the basic channels for around $25 per month for the first year of service. Smart Money states that when deciding whether or not to switch to satellite TV, consider the channel lineup, price, on-demand options, contract terms and reception area.

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