You’ve probably heard the phrase “cut the cord”, or “cutting the cord” increasingly over the past few years. With the cost of cable and satellite seemingly skyrocketing over the years, consumers have finally been given more options when it comes to their TV entertainment.
What are the benefits of cutting the cord?
Obviously, the biggest benefit is in the money you save. A typical satellite bill runs over $150, not including the premium movie channels. By cutting the cord, you can save at least half of that $150, depending on how you set up your system. In the beginning, you may have to shell out some money to get set up, depending on the size of your home, and what components you already own. But after that, you should have a noticeable difference in how much you are spending each month for your TV service.
More choices in the channels you want compared to what cable and satellite companies currently provide. Many streaming providers now offer multiple tiers of programming to better suit your needs.
No contracts. Most of the streaming providers do not require a contract. Sign up with a provider and in a couple of months you decide you don’t like their service? Just cancel the subscription.
No hidden fees. You pay a set monthly subscription fee. No rental fees to worry about, and the billing is plain and simple to understand.
Decide on what streaming service(s) you want. Many providers offer free trial offers for at least a week, so take advantage of these offers if you can. On top of the streaming providers, you can also set up subscriptions with popular movie/TV providers such as Netflix, HULU, and Amazon Prime Video. And don’t forget — Amazon Prime Video is included with the Prime subscription. Sign up with a basic streaming provider, along with one of these movie/TV services, and you should have a decent set up that would rival your current cable or satellite subscription.
Pick what device you want to use to watch TV. Two of the top selling devices on the market now are the Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
Make sure your internet is up to the challenge of streaming. Many consumers believe they need an ultra-fast internet speed in order to stream, but that really isn’t the case at all. We suggest an internet speed of at least 60mbps (megabits per second), but if you have a smaller home and do not have a lot of users on your internet service, you can even get by with 20 to 30mbps.
On top of having a streaming service, get yourself an HDTV antenna so you can get even more TV programming – for free. This way, in case your streaming service doesn’t provide local channels, you will at least get them with your antenna. Plus, these days, there are many more quality channels being provided “over the air” than in years past.
There’s Too Much Work Involved to Cut the Cord!
Not at all! Streaming devices are easy to set up, and can be used as a wired or wireless device. Plus, if you already have internet service, why not get your money’s worth and use it for streaming also?
TV Streaming providers are adding channels to their lineups frequently. Some of the current top streaming content providers are SlingTV (a subsidiary of Dish Network), PlayStation Vue, and DirectTV Now. HULU and YouTube have also recently come out with their own streaming content as well, but as of now, they do not offer as much live TV as SlingTV, PlayStation Vue or DirectTV Now.
Are There Cons To Cutting The Cord?
Of course, along with the pros of cord cutting come the cons. Thankfully, the cons are few! What are they? If your internet goes out, so does your ability to stream TV. This is why you need to have an HDTV antenna set up as well, so you can at least get your local channels to watch if your internet does go out. Buffering. There have been complaints about too much buffering occurring while streaming. Much work has gone into remedying this problem, so it isn’t as bad of an issue as it used to be. We will be covering this topic in an upcoming blog, so stay tuned!
It’s easy to be a cord cutter, so what are you waiting for?
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