Now it's better than ever to cut the cable or satellite TV cable. Instead of paying up to $ 100 a month for an inflated channel bundle, you can replace it with streaming TV services – and maybe a TV antenna – at a fraction of the cost.
Sorting through these new options is not always easy, however, especially if you are not technically savvy. While the cable made everything easy, the cable is cut to require a dozen different hardware options and many more online video services, which are not all compatible with each other. Adding an air TV antenna to the mix creates even more headache potential.
I've been a cable cutter for more than a decade, written a weekly mark on the subject since 201
4 and I am writing a newsletter for more than 16,000 subscribers. With so many people priced by cable, it now seems like the perfect time to create a final cutter guide for people who don't know where to start.
I'm talking about how to approach the cutting cable or satellite TV while answering some of the most common questions, problems and pain points I've heard from readers over the years. I hope that at the end you will have all the information you need.
Should I cut the cord?
Before we dive into how to cut the cord, let's go back and think if you should in the first place. Consider the following:
Do you pay at least $ 50 a month for TV service? Most live TV streaming services start from $ 40 to $ 45 a month, so speeding may not save much if your TV provider gives you a great deal. It is possible to spend less with cheaper services like Netflix, but not without giving up much of what is on cable.
Do you already have home help on the internet? If you pay for the internet and use It will often mean that the average cut will probably make financial sense. Adding home internet service just to cut cable TV, on the other hand, is likely to be a laundry. I do not recommend using the phone's hotspot for internet service if you cut the cable.
Are you just tired of cable? Some arguments for cord cutting are not entirely about saving money. It's also a way to see fewer ads, clean your living room, set up televisions somewhere in the house and avoid the annual ritual to haggle for lower prices.
Are you willing to be flexible? Despite its many virtues, cutting is not a magic solution that gives you exactly the same experience as cable for less money. You need to be comfortable using new technology or apps and keeping each channel you have with cable can limit your ability to save money. The more you are willing to adapt, the better your experience will be.
Basics of Cutting
At a basic level, cutting the cord requires several elements:
Internet service: You almost certainly need home help to cut the cord, along with one Wi-Fi router so your streaming devices can come online from any part of the house. As a rule of thumb, internet speeds for homes should be at least 15 Mbps (megabits per second) for each device you plan to run at the same time. If you usually have three TVs at one time, you would prefer an internet speed of at least 45 Mbps. It's hard to get with DSL or satellite service, so you may need to stick to your broadband service cable company (if you're not happy to access fiber or similar grease pipes).
Streaming services: To replace your TV service, you will subscribe to one or more online video services. These may include on-demand video services such as Netflix or a bundle of live TV channels, such as YouTube TV. There are also plenty of free video sources that you can use to judge your subscriptions.
If you have smart TV, you can use this instead of a separate streaming device if it has all the apps and services you want. (TVs that are more than a few years old will probably not, especially if they do not run Rokus software.) But to be clear you do not need a smart TV to cut the cord .  One thing: Every TV must have its own way of streaming whether it's a streaming device or a smart TV. If you have four TVs and only two of them have updated Smart TV software, you will need to purchase two additional streaming devices. The good news is that, unlike your cable box, this means that devices like Roku and Fire TV do not involve any ongoing rental fees, so you only need to measure the uphill run.
(Optional) An antenna: With an aerial and good reception, you can watch broadcast channels such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and PBS for free, along with some lesser known subnetworks like MeTV and Comet. Most modern televisions have an input for your antenna's coaxial cable, so you can only connect it, run a channel search and start watching without a separate tuner box or other hardware. You can also purchase a DVR to record channels from an antenna. More about that later.