After sleeping, do you know what most Americans spend their time doing? Watching TV. The average amount of time spent consuming content via TV is 3.1 hours per day.
With streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max, there will be no shortage of media any time soon. With so much out there, how do you know what service provider is right for you and your family? That will largely depend on your budget, needs, and preferences.
Let’s take a closer look at the picture, shall we? Read our guide below to get the scoop on the television options available today and how to choose the right one.
Research Your Options
The first step in selecting a service provider is finding out what’s available in your area. Once you know your options, ask around. Talk to your neighbors, friends, and family and see what television service they use and what their experience has been like.
Questions you may want to ask are: “does the TV service go out?”, “if so, how often?”, and “how quickly does it get restored?”.
Check out the American Customer Satisfaction Index too. This is an annual survey run to see how happy subscribers are to the largest TV service providers.
Decide Your Must-Have Channels
You don’t want to end up having over 200 channels, watching only a handful of them, and paying for what you don’t use. Make a list of your must-have channels. From there, look for a TV package that fits your needs.
Maybe there are some channels on your secondary list that’ll make the cut too. Think, is spending an extra $10-20 worth it? Trim down the fat to find what you’ll enjoy most.
Ask About Deals and Learn to Negotiate
As a new customer, you will get the royal treatment. This is important to remember when choosing a new service provider.
It doesn’t hurt to ask about deals either. They may knock off an extra $20 on your monthly bill for the first year. Put your bill on your calendar so that you won’t be blindsided when the promotion expires.
Alongside asking about deals, you should learn to negotiate too. Compare what you can get elsewhere and at what cost. Also, if there’s something you’ve got your eye on (e.g. NFL Sunday Ticket), use what you’ve saved up and treat yourself—you deserve it.
Select the Service Provider That Makes You Most Content
At the end of the day, you want to choose a service provider that will bring you and your family joy. Comb through what’s of utmost importance. What are you willing to live without?
Focus on what your budget is and go from there. You work hard, so you want something that strikes the right balance of price and entertainment.
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