Tech Bargains: Cable Guide - Redding Edition

The Definitive Cable Guide: Redding Edition

I see and hear from people in Redding 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 Redding, your only reasonable option is Optimum. Frontier still uses the older DSL standard for internet, and for all intents and purposes, speeds are terrible. However, Optimum 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. If you’re trying to unsubscribe from other Optimum packages- they will offer you a bundle deal to keep you as a cable TV and phone customer. DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE OFFERS- the rates will balloon after several months. I recommend you chose one of these two Internet-Only plans:

Optimum 100 (100mbps down) - This is your bargain bin rate plan- 100mbps is enough for most customers streaming on 2-3 devices at the same time. The promotional price is $39.99, which rises to $64.95 after the first year.

Optimum 300 (300mbps down)  - If you have a lot of people streaming things at the same time, and a lot of smart devices- just go all out and get the 300 plan. The promotional price is $59.99 a month, which rises to $84.95 after the first year. 

A quick note on modems - Optimum will charge you $10 a month to rent a modem from them. If you want to save money, buy your own DOCSIS 3.0 compatible modem - search for ARRIS TM1602A on eBay- that’s the same exact model modem that Optimum uses, and you will have no issues getting connected!

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 Redding. 

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 benefit from YouTube’s great streaming technology- no more stuttering video feeds! They also have many apps available for a variety of streaming boxes- most notably 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!