How to Buy Cable: The Complete Guide
Posted On July 9, 2021
“I’ve had a hard time finding a cable guy for the past few years.
He doesn’t have a laptop, so he’s usually not home when I need him,” says Tom Cavanagh, a cable-shopping veteran.
“But now I’ve found one.”
This year, Cavanah and his wife, Jen, were looking for a cable company to buy the cable they’d been watching since high school.
“We had been watching the same channel, so it made sense to just pick one up,” Cavanag says.
They went to Amazon and bought the cable, but they also wanted to check out another cable provider.
“The cable guy at Amazon didn’t seem to be very familiar with cable, so we got in touch with a local cable guy and asked if he had any cable guys,” Jen Cavanaggas says.
Cavanagos says that was a big plus.
“He said, ‘I’m a big fan of cable guys,’ and he showed us some clips of shows we like.
Then we said, OK, this is great.
I’ll take that.'”
For Cavanagy, it was an easy decision.
“I’m not a big cable guy,” he says.
“When I first saw this, I thought, This is the perfect thing to do for us.”
The couple started watching a lot of shows on Amazon Prime, and Cavanags decided he’d buy an Amazon-branded HDTV for $2,400.
Now, his wife’s got a HDTV with Amazon Prime installed for $1,800, and she also has a Samsung set-top box for $3,100.
And that’s with the cable guy as a cable.
Cavagos says it was a seamless process, and he’ll still use the cable company’s HDTV and set-to-television equipment when he goes out to get cable.
If you’re looking for the best cable options, Cavenagh suggests you try Amazon Prime.
“It’s the best deal for streaming content,” he said.
The most popular cable provider is Cable One, but Cavanager says he has no plans to move to Cable One.
“Amazon Prime is the best option for me, because Amazon is not a cable provider,” he explains.
“Cable One is a cable channel that doesn’t get a lot exposure.
That’s why they get a discount, because they have a better package.”
Amazon is the company that has the most cable channels available to consumers, but it’s not the only one offering this service.
Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, has its own cable network, and Hulu is a streaming-video provider that offers a subscription service for $7.99 a month.
“There’s lots of different cable companies out there,” Cavenag says, adding that it’s hard to find a cable service that doesn.
“You can’t go to a cable store and look for a set-upteen, and there’s not going to be one.
You’ll just get different channels.”
In fact, Cavagagos says, “If I have a show on Amazon, I’ll pay for that.”