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Bang for Your Buck: Saving on TV costs

(WMC-TV) – Have you seen your cable or satellite TV bill lately? If it includes Internet service and a DVR, as many people have, you are probably paying well over $100 a month. Andrew Douglas decided to look into some of the newest ways to reduce that rising bill and get you more Bang for Your Buck.

Kelli Haller loves watching TV, but like so many hates that monthly cable bill that was $60 a month, then $75, and now almost $100.

Like a growing number of young professionals, she now watches her favorite shows via an antenna, the Internet and a service called Hulu.

Haller said, "I'm able to watch them whenever I want, instead of when it's showing on TV."

Amanda Fischer has also given up her expensive monthly bill, and now watches network shows and movies on her laptop.

"I pay $7.99 a month for Netflix, and Hulu; I just use the free options they have," said Fischer.

Her $8 a month Netflix subscription gives her hundreds of movies, and many network shows.

Here are three ways to lower your TV costs to less than $10 a month.

1.  Buy a $20 rabbit ear antenna at Radio Shack, to watch us and other live broadcasts. You may pick up as many as 20 local TV stations for free!

2.  Buy a Roku, Boxee, Google TV, or Apple TV box for around $100. This lets you stream Internet video. You could also buy a new smart TV, so you don't have to buy a separate box.

3.  Subscribe to Netflix for $8 a month or Hulu plus, also $8 a month. There's a free version of Hulu, but it has less programming.

There are downsides. You don't get all cable network shows. You also still have to pay for an Internet connection, which is around $30 a month. If you are a big ESPN sports watcher, this is not for you. Most games are still not available this way.

However, Kelli and Amanda, like a growing number of people, are fine with these new options.

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