Remember when the Internet was supposed to mark the beginning of completely a la carte entertainment choices for cord cutters? It didn't quite work out that way. That's because companies like Dish, Sony and Apple are bringing bundles to the Internet streaming crowd. Internet bundles appear cheaper than their cable counterparts, but are they really saving you money?
The average cable bill costs $106 per month, so many people have decided to cut the cord and use cheaper streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. But, corporations are now bringing streaming bundles to the market that replicate the TV experience over the Internet.
Dish's currently offers the Sling online bundle. It features 22 channels, including ESPN, for just $20 per month. That sounds like a good deal until you take a look at the add-ons. You can add HBO ($15), Sports Extra ($5), Kids Extra ($5) and more. Before you know it, that $20 could balloon out of control.
Sony's Vue offering comes in at $50 per month. It includes 53 channels, including most of the major broadcast networks, Comedy Central and TNT. Once again, you can unlock even more channels for additional cost. Apple is also planning on offering its own streaming television option later this year.