Cable companies are on their way out. It’s been slowly happening over the past couple of years, but it has just recently seen a major surge. People are getting fed up with the cable companies, and do you really blame them? According to a survey done by FatWallet, more people are cutting the cord every day. You should too!
Why cut the cord?
Why NOT cut the cord? Seriously, that’s the question you should be asking yourself. If you could have all the channels you normally watch, for less money, would you be interested? You wouldn’t have to deal with all of the costs or the hassles of cable. The only downside is you won’t be lazily searching through the channels watching things you really don’t want to, and is that really a bad thing? As a society, we are ready to stop paying for channels we don’t care about, or can get for free!
Before you decide to cut the cord, figure out what you are or would be paying for cable. Since we can’t go over every single cable package everyone has, we found a list of the 5 Best Cable TV Providers at Reviews.com, and we’re going to break down one of the least expensive cable and internet plans from each one of them (if you have cable, chances are you have internet too).
|TV – $29.99 a month (for 12 months)
• Up to 190 channels
Internet – $29.95 a month
• High Speed Internet
• Download speeds up to 3 Mbps
Bundled – $59.99 a month
• High Speed Internet “Elite”
• 6 Mbps
|TV-$39.99 (for 12 months)
• Digital Starter
• 140 channels
• Performance Starter
• Up to 6 Mbps
Bundled-$69.99 (2-year contract)
• $89.99 W/ no contract (for 12 months)
• Up to 50 Mbps
• 140 channels
• HBO included for 24 months ($10 per month value)
|TV-$54.99 (for 12 months)
• Custom TV
• All base & local channels, plus choice of 2 packages (news, lifestyle, etc.)
Internet-$44.99 (2-year contract
• 25 Mbps
Bundled-$59.99 (for 12 months)
• Custom TV
• 25 Mbps Internet
Time Warner Cable
|TV-$29.99 a month (for 12 months)
• Starter TV
• 20+ channels
Internet-$29.99 a month (for 12 months)
• 6 Mbps
Bundled-$89.99 a month
• Preferred TV
• Up to 200 channels
• 15 Mbps
• Optimum Economy
• Optimum Internet
• 15 Mbps
This is only a small snapshot of the services offered via cable, but these have been reviewed as some of the best services. Remember, most of these companies have restrictions to where they are offered so they may or may not be available in your area. If you’re unhappy with your cable service and feel like you can do better for less, then we are only getting started with cutting the cord.
After you decide to cut the cord (but before you actually do it), the first thing you’ll want to do is look at getting an HD antenna. These aren’t the antennas of the old days, these are some brand spankin’ new HD antennas. They are thinner, stronger, and more flexible. Some antennas can even be put on the window, or put on a wall and painted on. Even though they are much stronger, your mileage may vary. Before you go out and buy your antenna, though, check what kind of coverage you can get. A great tool to use is the Channel Finder tool provided by RCA Antennas. This tool will help you figure out what channels you can get and what type of antenna will work best for you.
What type of HD Antenna should I get?
With everybody getting into the HD Antenna game nowadays, the choices can be tough. Mr. Cable Cutter from CutCableToday.com gave us some great advice about picking the antenna that’s best for you:
“If most of the broadcast towers are only a few miles from your house, you could use something like the Mohu Leaf 30, a flat antenna you can stick on your wall or window and pick up signals within a 30-mile radius. On the other hand, if the broadcast towers are much further off or if there are obstructions in your area, you might need to get a roof or attic-mounted antenna, like the Mohu Sky which is rated to pick up signals as far as 60 miles away.”
Feel done? Not quite yet. The HD Antenna is just for your local channels. Unless you have a smart tv, you’ll need to get a device to access all of those streaming apps you’ll be getting!
While there are more devices on the market to stream your content, here are some of the most popular ones.
|Used by Mr. Cable Cutter|
Amazon Fire Stick
|Used by Ian Geise, VP of RCA Antenna|
Good news, we’re almost done! After you’ve chosen everything above, we are all set for equipment. Now we get to the fun part. What do you want to watch? Are you a movie buff, or do you have an addiction to TV shows? All of the above? Well, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the streaming services that you may be using to replace your cable:
Netflix is a streaming service that started mostly with movies, but it has evolved into so much more. They now have a massive collection of movies, ranging from older to more recent movies (although they are usually later than DVDs), and a pretty reputable collection of older seasons of TV shows. Within the last couple of years they’ve also come out with some pretty popular exclusive series. You should be able to get a one month free trial.
If Netflix is Yin, Hulu Plus is the Yang. They have a smaller assortment of movies, but their TV show collection is astounding. They have many major tv series and they usually post them the day after the episode airs on TV. Look around and you should be able to get a one week free trial.
Amazon Prime/Amazon Instant Video
Like to shop? Well this service is a double whammy! Amazon Instant Video comes along with your Amazon Prime membership. Although it does have some of the same videos as Netflix, they also have their own original content, as well as tons of content for children, and much more that you can even rent or purchase.
Price: $99.99/Year ($8.33/Month)
When it comes to real TV, Sling TV is going to make you feel the most at home. The reason for this is because all of their TV shows are live. They include many of your favorite TV networks on there including AMC, CW, A&E, and even ESPN! They also offer add-on packages with other channels, including HBO for $15 a month extra.
Did you recently cut the cord? Have any additional tips? Let us know in the comments!