I can think of a few things that led me to the decision of cutting the cord.
- Cable/Satellite service is expensive
- Cable/Satellite service usually involves signing up for a long-term contract to get a price break (Those pesky monthly payments)
- There’s lots of tv content options out there that are inexpensive and in many cases free
Cable and satellite service replacement options:
Note: The services below may be offered through gaming systems (ex. XBox, PlayStation and Wii), Streaming Devices (ex. Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast), Smart TV’s, Tablets and Smart Phones (by streaming wireless using Airplay, Casting etc. or wired to the TV)
- HD Antenna installed on your roof, attic or even inside your living area. Depending on where you live, these antennas can often give you live access to many local networks (many of your favorite shows) for free
- Netflix offers tons of content for only $8/month with no long-term commitments and is available in Canada, the US and many other countries
- - Hulu is similar to Netflix but is only available in the US. I haven’t tried it but I hear it’s quite good
- Crackle (by Sony) also offers many shows and movies. It has less content than Netflix and Hulu but it’s free. This is a great compliment to the previous services
- Network and cable company tablet and smart phone apps like NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX (in the US), CBC, Global, CTV, TVO (in Canada) and many others
- Other TV content apps TED Talks, FilmOn, SnagFilms, Kidoodle, Vimeo, YouTube, Vevo, Discovery, A&E
- Feeds offered directly through content owners’ websites like The Food Network, HGTV (look for the “Videos” link). You can connect your computer, tablet or phone to your TV to watch these shows full-screen. In many cases you can also stream these shows wirelessly to your TV if you own one of the streaming devices mentioned above
- You can find TV content from countries around the world using the same options listed in the previous bullet points
As you can see, there’s an incredible amount of free or inexpensive content available out there. Cutting the cord is not for everyone (see one of my older posts: http://cuttingcord.com/2013/12/19/is-cutting-the-cord-cable-for-you/), but if you’re not a sports or “latest TV content” fanatic, you can save you some money and still have lots to watch on TV. My family has never looked back and we always have lots of shows and movies to watch.
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