How to Break Up With Your Cable Provider

Change is constant, especially when we’re talking about technology. Sure, there was a time we couldn’t imagine life without cable TV – but this was probably about the same time the TV Guide channel was useful. Today, we’ll discuss how to move on from your cable provider. And don’t worry: It’s not you; it’s them.

Read the Contract

If you’re considering cutting ties with your cable provider, you’ll want to find your contract and give it a once-over to see the stipulations. While you may be more than ready to cut the cord, many companies require you to give them a 30-day notice, so just make sure to read the fine print.

Take a Deep Breath

Breaking up with your cable company is hard to do. They will likely be saddened by the news – so much so that they’ll practically beg you to stay by offering you deals and ask you repeatedly why you’re leaving them. Keep your head up and stick to your guns!

Block Calls

You may think you had a successful breakup, but you could be mistaken. Junk mail will soon turn into phone calls begging you to come back, enticing you with all kinds of new and improved deals. But remember: You did this for a reason.

Find Alternatives

There are a ton of cable alternatives out there, so if watching TV is something you like to do, make sure you’re ready to change to whichever option you select.


No, not the rabbit ears of years past! Antennas today come at a small upfront cost; some are even built into your TV, which is the most cost-effective option. A digital antenna allows you to tune into local TV with top-notch picture quality.

Streaming Services

You probably already subscribe to at least one streaming service. By cutting the cord with your cable provider, you can likely afford to sign up for at least one or two more and still save money (Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+, etc.). Plus, you’ll get no commercials, original movies and shows you can’t watch anywhere else, and the ability to search for what you want to watch at any time – anywhere.

Live TV Services

There are digital services that offer a similar live TV-watching experience to cable.

  • YouTube TV: YouTube TV is one of the more affordable cable alternatives. You’ll get all your favorite networks and cable channels, DVR recording with unlimited storage, and up to six accounts – plus no annual contracts or hidden fees.
  • Sling TV: Sling TV is ideal if you want to tune into some of the most popular networks and watch live sports. Sling often runs promotions, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re considering this service.
  • Hulu + Live TV: If you’re interested in a streaming service as well as live TV, your best bet is Hulu, which offers both.

Right to the Source

Many channels offer their shows for free online; all you have to do is go directly to their websites. You may get a few ads, but for exactly $0, a 30-second ad doesn’t seem that bad. This is a great option for people who don’t watch much TV but have a couple of favorite shows.


If you’re a film buff, consider Vudu, which is owned by Fandango. Its claim to fame is offering thousands of movie titles, with some being free (with and without ads), some you can rent for a lower price, and some you can bundle and buy. No subscription necessary!

Have you successfully broken up with your cable provider? Share your experience with us in the comments below!


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