Cutting ties with your cable subscription is not a new discussion or trend in the tech world. And with all the streaming options currently available to the consumers, it is pretty astonishing there are still 74 million cable subscribers in the U.S. as of March 2021. If you are one of those 74 million, we hope this article alleviates any anxieties you may have towards cutting the cable cord. Let’s take a deeper look at how to cut the cable cord…and win.
How to Cut the Cable Cord…and Win!
Is it worth it to stop my cable subscription?
Most cable packages are wrapped into your internet and a possible home security and/or landline bill. It is not uncommon for a typical cable package to cost $150-$200 per month. But if you were to eliminate cable and opt for a high-speed internet connection, you could likely find your monthly bill dropping to around $60/month. That is a savings of at least $90.
What about the cost of streaming your favorite shows and movies? Most folks can be completely entertained with 2-3 streaming subscriptions, which range from $10-$13 per month. On average, you are adding another $40 in subscriptions to your $60 monthly internet cost, which leaves your cost difference still somewhere around $50 per month.
So, is it worth it? Yes, it’s worth it to cut the cable cord.
What do I need to be able to cut the cable cord?
We highly suggest investing in a wireless router. These are available to rent through most internet providers, but if you read our post on the benefits of owning a wireless router, you may reconsider if renting is money well spent.
Note: If you are hooked on live events like the Superbowl or Oscars, then you’ll need to purchase an HD antenna.
Last but not least, you’ll need a streaming device to cut the cable cord. Having a smart TV is not necessarily enough; you will need to check which streaming apps your TV supports to know for sure. Unfortunately, most smart TVs lack access to one or more popular streaming apps and that can be a deal breaker. Our suggestion is to set yourself up for success by investing a one-time cost into a standalone streaming device like the Roku, Invidia Shield, Google Chromecast, or Amazon Fire Stick.
How many streaming services do I need?
This is a personal decision and will vary greatly from household to household. Our suggestion is to make a list of your top 10 non-negotiable shows and find out which streaming platforms offer those shows. Hopefully and likely, you will see overlap across a few platforms. Then explore those platforms, and if you do not already have them, try a free trial.
We feel confident saying that most folks are happy with access to 3 platforms and if you have Amazon Prime, you already have access to their streaming services.
What am I missing when considering cutting the cable cord?
Not much but it is true that for big sports fans, cutting the cord with cable may be tough. But if sports are negotiable, then leaving cable is a cut you won’t even feel.
Have questions? Contact us – we can help!