Cutting The Cord
Cutting The Cord is a commonly used term for getting rid of your Cable TV subscription.
It’s a popular solution these days, considering Cable TV costs have risen dramatically over the past few years.
Initially, I became interested in streaming TV, when I sought out alternatives to my cable subscription. And, I was happy that I made the change.
What You Need to Do
- 1. Call your cable company and stop your cable service.
And keep the internet connection! Obviously, you’ll need broadband internet for streaming, and to continue surfing the Web.
- 2. Buy and install a digital antenna.
Check your local area if you get OTA (over-the-air) broadcasts in HD. If you live in the city, you’ll have OTA readily available. If you live in the country on a farm, probably not.
- 3. Buy and install a streaming device.
I personally use ROKU 3 and it’s one of the more expensive models out there, but it’s blazing fast and it’s very user-friendly. I bought mine for $99 when they first came out. Now they go for around $83. Other streaming devices to get are Chrome Cast and Apple TV.
- 4. Subscribe to a streaming service.
I personally use Amazon Prime because they not only offer movies and tv shows to stream, they also offer FREE 2-day shipping (Sometimes 1-day or same-day shipping). Amazon Prime also includes a music streaming service and Cloud Services to store your photos and videos.
- 5. Take back Cable Channels with Sling TV.
I subscribe to Sling TV (on Roku) for $20 a month. Totally optional. But you’ll get back some key Cable Channels like CNN, ESPN, A&E, Travel, HGTV and Food Network and others, at a cheaper price!