Cable TV on the cheap

In the dark ages, turning on the TV required patience, not money. You turned “on” the on/off knob, saw a little red light glow at the bottom of the wood cabinet. Then just waited for the vacuum tubes to warm up to see the picture and hear the sound. One payment for the TV and one payment for the antenna; it was free TV after that.

TV in the digital age is an expensive proposition. In order to get digital reception, most of us purchase and pay monthly fees. If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2011 is to cut down monthly expenses, getting the bare bones service is the answer. Time Warner calls its basic service Lifeline Basic, but you have to ask for it by name. WOW offers a Limited Basic Cable, for $17.99 a month. Shop around for others.

These “on the cheap” products provide about 20 channels, including network and both Akron and Cleveland PBS stations. There is nothing on TV anyway, right?

Anita Kazarian is a marketing professional, founder of Noah’s Landing, LLC and a long-time resident of University Heights. Reach her at

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 12:56 PM, 12.14.2010