Obscure federal law could halve your cable costs
by Caleb Reading
You can drastically cut your monthly cable bill without losing your premium channels. It’s a great option for anyone who wants to keep HBO or Showtime, but still pay less for cable.
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It’s called the “Tier Buy-Through Provision,” which prohibits cable companies from forcing you to subscribe to bigger packages to get a premium channel. It means you can buy just the basic cable service, and then pick a premium channel, like HBO. Customers who skip standard cable, the next tier up, can save a bundle.
The article also includes a .pdf of the law.