Do you wonder if your TV provider (Cable, Satellite, Fiber-Optic) is giving you the best deal possible?
BillShrink has just introduced a service that will compare TV packages in your area based on your preferences and tell you the best television service deal that’s out there.
Curious to see how this worked I went to BillShrink, to the Television service tab.
I entered in a zip code, my current provider, and what I currently pay for service. Right off the bat this service won’t help some people as you can’t compare bundled packages like that that combine TV, phone, and internet. I’m taking a guess here at what my service might cost without my bundle (I get all three services in one).
Next, BillShrink asks you about your preferences in order to match available services to a package that fits your needs.
You pick up to four basic categories, enter in channels you really want/need in your service, the type of TV equipment you will use (standard, HDTV, DVR), and your credit score range (didn’t I tell you your credit score was used for more than just loans?). Be as honest as you can with the channels you want so BillShrink can find the best package for you.
The next screen asks for an email address.
I’m not so crazy about having to enter an email, but you can edit your preferences so they don’t send you offers and such. If you have an account like Gmail you can put a “.” anywhere in your email and use that to filter out promotions (this is actually a real useful feature of Gmail!).
The last screen shows you the packages they found to fit your criteria.
You’ll see the features of the plan, costs, what you can save per month, and your overall savings for two years. You can check out each plan in more detail as well (I wouldn’t be surprised if BillShrink gets a piece of any sign-ups but hey, if they are saving you money).
A couple of notes here.
One of the options I was given was for ComCast which I’m about 99% sure is unavailable where I am. Another quirk is I tried another search from scratch but this time the system found no matches. BillShrink’s TV comparison option is still in beta (there’s even a small tab to report errors) so it doesn’t surprise me that there are some oddities in the service. These will probably be ironed out.
My thoughts: It might be worth taking a look to see if you are over-paying for your TV service. If they can get you a better deal then why not check it out?