Tech Bargains: Cable Guide - Ridgefield Edition

I see and hear from people in Ridgefield constantly bemoaning the high cost of their cable bill. I’m going to give you the definitive guide to lower your monthly payments, and get higher quality of service. Let’s get started with:

Internet:

In Ridgefield, your only reasonable option is Xfinity. Frontier still uses the older DSL standard for internet, and for all intents and purposes, speeds are terrible. However, Xfinity is not much better: they will try to lock you into a bundle, which seems cheaper at first- but rates will balloon after the first two years. I recommend you chose one of these two Internet-Only plans:

Xfinity Extreme Pro (400mbps down) - which provides a lot of bandwidth. For the first year your rate will be $79.99/mo, afterwards it will be $99.99/mo.

This is still decently fast for most customers, however if the gigabit plan below is available I highly recommend it-

Xfinity Gigabit Internet (940mbps down)  - more than double the bandwidth for a tiny bit more! It is $89.99/mo for the first year, afterwards $104.95/mo- only $5 more than the Extreme Pro plan.

 

TV: 

Thanks to a growing amount of cord-cutting options, you have more options than ever for TV. If you only want a basic cable subscription, you can try your luck with an Over-The-Air antenna, however, you may not get great reception in all parts of Ridgefield. 

If you only need basic channels:

Youtube TV (tv.youtube.com) - Youtube TV has a couple benefits over other streaming TV providers. It has the big four networks- ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, along with a bunch of specialty channels like CNBC, CNN, FOX News, FX, Fox Sports and ESPN- see their website for the full list. For $40/mo you also get three simultaneous streams- which means three people can use the TV at once without kicking anyone off- as well as cloud DVR that you can watch anywhere. They also have many apps available for a variety of streaming boxes- most notable Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV.

If you need every channel ever invented:

Dish Network (dish.com) - Satellite is the way to go- and Dish has some extremely completive pricing and technology- they’re one of the only TV providers to support 4K and HDR, and they price their high line package at $89.99 a month with movie channels, DVR, free On-Demand, commercial skipping, and Sirius XM Music. Installation is also free- a good way to save a bundle! They also offer some “skinny” bundles that let you pick and choose the channels you want- a good way to save if you need more channels that Youtube TV has.

Phone: 

Magicjack Go (magicjack.com) - Magicjack is easily the best value provider for home phone lines- just connect the device to power and your router, and you now have a phone line for $39 a year - $3.50 a month. Plus, you can download the Magicjack app on your phone to answer calls on your home line when you’re away from home, as well as get cheaper international calling. Because magicJack uses VoIP (phone over internet) the call quality is much better than you could get from a plain old telephone provider.

 

That’s all you really need to know- hopefully this can save you money on your cable bill! If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot me a message at [email protected] and I’ll assist the best I can!