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Can you lower your cable bill to just $25 a month?

Posted at 8:04 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 20:05:02-04

How does spending just $25 dollars a month on TV sound to you? Can you still get the channels and shows you love?

With so many cord-cutting options out there, Consumer Reports explores what you could actually get for just 25 bucks.

Consumer Reports' Tech Editor, Jim Willcox, says some people are spending as much money on various streaming services as they were on cable. So, he wanted to see if it was possible to get a good assortment of content and broadcast channels for just $25.

Since every family has different interests and favorite shows, Jim put together an economical package that could appeal to a wide range of people. It includes CBS All Access, a Disney+ bundle and Peacock, NBCUniversal's new offering.

For sports fans, CBS All Access has NFL games through 2022, plus Super Bowl 55. And you get NCAA basketball and PGA Golf.

Plus, CBS programs and content from BET, Comedy Central, MTV and more. With limited commercials, it's $6 a month.

The Disney+ Bundle includes Hulu and ESPN+ for $13 a month. Hulu offers content from popular broadcast and cable channels including FOX and ABC, plus classic TV shows, Hulu originals and movies. And ESPN plus adds even more sports to the mix.

The last piece of this streaming puzzle is the $5-a-month, ad-supported tier of Peacock. With it, you get next-day access to NBC's current shows and content from Bravo, Syfy, Telemundo and USA Network.

Altogether, that's about $24 a month.

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On top of streaming, many people want free, live broadcast channels.

Some streaming companies also offer promotional pricing or even free access with other services like music subscriptions. And most also offer free trials so you can make sure it's the right fit for your family before signing up.