C’mon, I know you’ve thought about getting rid of cable at least once. Do you really need all those channels? What could you do with more than $1600 this year? Even if you bought ten series on iTunes, you still come out ahead. What do you have to lose? Cut the cord! Cut the cord!
For more on watching your favorite shows without cable, click here to read my previous blog post.
If you decide to go ahead with ditching cable, you will need:
- A Netflix account or Amazon Prime account. My kids were already Netflix-junkies. If you don’t already have a Prime account, click here for a free one-month subscription. You not only get free two-day shipping from Amazon but also access to over 40,000 movies and TV shows.
- One or more streaming devices (there are others out there that I will not discuss):
- Apple TV: this is what I use. Many apps are included such as CNN, PBS, PBS Kids, and Lifetime. FYI: I find the remote control too small and hard to navigate so the remote app on my phone eliminates this problem. Although you can stream Netflix with a subscription, you cannot get Amazon Prime shows.
- Roku (with several versions available, I would still choose the Roku 3). For the sheer reason that I can watch Sling TV, I am going to purchase one; Sling TV offers many of the shows that you will miss and the option to view them live. Roku has two ongoing promotions: a free Roku 2 with pre-purchase of 3 months of Sling TV or 50 percent off of the Roku 3 with the same pre-purchase.
- DVD player with Wifi streaming capabilities to watch Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. I have a Sony Blu-Ray but LG and Samsung make similar models.
- Smart TV (usually Netflix ready, not necessarily true for Amazon Prime). Although we own two Smart TVs, I find the streaming devices much easier to use.
- Amazon Fire TV stick or Amazon Fire TV are other devices you can use to watch Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu or Sling TV. Since I like promotions and the Roku seems to get better overall reviews, I am going to buy the Roku.
- PlayStation 3 or 4 to watch Netflix and Amazon.
- Digital antenna to receive all of the network channels. Before doing this, you may want to verify the signal strength in your area. Click here to check your neighborhood. Somehow, the Cablevision installer accessed the networks by connecting a cable of some sort, so I never connected the antenna. As part of the Cord Cutters package, I got the antenna for free.
- If you really watch a lot of prime-time TV, you may want to add Hulu. I’m not a big series watcher so I don’t have any personal experience with it. Click here for one month of Hulu free.
- Yes, it sometimes annoys me that I cannot rewind or record a network show. Several options exist for DVRs (again only for the networks), including paying per month similar to a Tivo service or buying a recorder for a one-time fee. If I wanted one, this is the one I would choose: Channel Master. Read carefully, some models require an additional hard drive.
Cable companies offer huge incentives to come back to them if for some reason you decide this is not for you. Cord cutting allows for a la carte programming, and with its increasing popularity, you can find websites dedicated to guiding you along the way. Who is going to give this a try?