Are you tired of paying high cable or satellite TV bills every month? If yes, then you are not alone. Many people are turning to cord cutting as a way to save money on their monthly bills.
If you are new to cord cutting, then don’t worry! It is easier than you might think. Here is a beginner’s guide to cord cutting to help you get started.
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Evaluate your watch-time
Before you cancel your cable or satellite subscription, it is important to evaluate your current TV habits. Take your time to analyze what you watch, and how often you watch it. Do you mainly watch live TV or spend time binge watching on Netflix?
Do you watch the news or are you a fan of sports? This information will help you in determining what streaming service suits you well.
Which streaming service to opt to?
Once you are done with analyzing your watch time then it is time to select a streaming service for it. There is a wide variety available, with a few exceptions that have regional restrictions, such as Zee5 outside India (but don’t worry you can enjoy it with the help of a VPN).
It can be a bit overwhelming for you to decide at first. But here are some popular streaming services sorted for you.
A subscription-based service that offers a vast variety of TV shows available including movies and their original content too. It is very famous in the audience due to its exclusive binge-watching shows.
A subscription-based service that is a bit different from Netflix as it offers a mix of current and classic shows and movies. Of course, along with their original content too.
Another subscription-based service that offers you a variety of original content as well as a combination of latest and classic content.
A subscription-based service that allows you to enjoy a huge collection of Disney movies along with shows and movies that will entertain you the most.
Another subscription-based service that lets you enjoy a huge selection of HBO shows, including a number of other shows and current and classic movies. They offer their original content too.
Free Streaming Services
There are other free streaming services as well like Pluto TV and Tubi, which offers a mix of live TV channels and on-demand content for its viewers.
Choose your Streaming Device
In order to stream content on your TV, you will need a streaming device. There are a lot of options out there. Some of them are mentioned below.
They are incredible and one of the easiest devices to stream content on, as they have in-built streaming capabilities so you won’t need any other device.
Devices like Amazon Fire Stick and Roku Streaming Stick can plug into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to stream and enjoy your content hassle free.
If you are a gamer then you will have an Xbox or a PlayStation, yes! You can also stream your content with the help of these.
Devices like Apple TV and Nvidia Shield TV have a better ability to stream content than your streaming sticks. So, binge watch with these devices.
Consider an Ante9nna
If you want to watch live TV then consider getting an antenna, they are relatively inexpensive and allow you to watch local channels for free.
Also, there are a lot of antennas available, so do some research to find which will work best for you according to your location and need.
Get High Speed Internet
In order to stream content, you will need a high speed of internet connection. Make sure that your internet connection has enough bandwidth to handle streaming at 25 Mbps at least as per recommendations.
Cancel your Cable and Satellite Connection
Once you are done with choosing your streaming device and service, then it is time to cancel your cable or satellite subscription.
But make notes that you have done your research before canceling out your streaming connection.
Things to Consider for Sports Enthusiasts
One important thing that you need to keep in mind when you are a cord cutter is that you may not be able to have access to love sports or events.
However, many streaming services offer this service of live TV options that includes sports options. You can also set an antenna to watch local sports for free. Another option is to look specifically for sports streaming services such as MLB TV or NFL Game Pass.
Congratulations! You are a cord cutter now. Well, being a cord cutter can save you a lot of money in the long run. While streaming services require a monthly subscription fee, they are often much more reasonable than satellite TV. Also, you don’t have to worry about equipment rental fees or installation costs.
Remember you can always remove streaming services as your needs. Happy binge-watching!