We’re Going Streaming! Why You Need To Cut Your Cable
Yes, you were suppose to read the title with as much enthusiasm as Will Ferrell in Old School, but seriously it’s time to cut your cable.
All the cool kids are doing it. By kids I mean it’s a very millennial thing to do with 75% of young adults without cable or satellite subscription, but it’s something everyone should seriously consider. My wife and I contemplated cutting our cable for awhile. Why? You know why! Our bill was too high, like Jimmy McMillan’s rent and we were paying for channels and a phone we never used. It’s been over 3 months and we haven’t looked back!
I’m going to tell you how you can do the same.
What’s A Streaming Service?
Streaming is an alternative to cable, hence the term “cutting cable”. It’s technology that allows usually audio and video to be delivered to a TV or mobile device via the internet. Some of the first popular streaming services were Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. Those services are still very popular, but now there are streaming services for live television.
Why Cut Cable?
Right now, you are thinking about how you will survive without cable. This is a conversation my wife and I had multiple times before we cut it. How will I watch sports? How will she watch Lifetime movies during Christmas? Most importantly, how will we watch the final season of Scandal on network television? Finally, one night we just did it!
Chances are, you are not happy with your cable provider. Our experience had been going sour for months. Our bill had increased significantly without notice and we noticed hidden fees. Additionally, why were we required to pay for a landline we never used? These are all reasons why you should consider cutting cable.
Advice: If you are making the switch, you’ll want to have the highest possible internet speed. We use Spectrum High Speed Internet because in my opinion it’s the best available. Go with the 100mbps option if you are going to stream. You’ll need every bit of it.
How to Get Started
The first step is doing some research. Not fun I know, but there are various streaming devices to choose from. A few of the most popular devices are Amazon Fire TV/Stick, Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV. Personally, we have a Smart TV that came embedded with a Roku and we also have an Amazon Fire TV. Both work great, but I prefer the Amazon Fire TV for it’s speed, design, and 4k video support.
After you decide on your streaming device, it’s time to choose your streaming service. Just like all devices are not created equal, neither are streaming services. Popular streaming services include Sling, PlayStation Vue, Direct TV Now, YouTube TV, and the new Hulu TV. It seems like every passing month brings new changes and improvements to each service. They are stepping up their game because more Americans are cutting the cord. According to Pew Research Center, one-in-seven Americans are television “cord cutters”. If you have not already cut cable or if you are now thinking about it, the good news is each streaming service will give you a free trial. It’s usually 5–7 days.
An Easy Setup
This is the setup at House McGee.
Devices: TCL Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, and an HDTV Antenna- We use the antenna for local television stations like ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. If you need your sports and occasional game show fix like we do, the antenna is a must. Only a select few streaming services offer local stations.
Streaming Service: Sling- Right now we have the basic Sling Orange package. It gives us everything we need for the low price of $20 a month. Would it be great to have more channels? Of Course, but for right now this low price is getting it done for us. One of the major downsides of Sling is the way packages are setup. Sling gets mixed reviews from people. It’s not perfect by any means but again, when you need to ball on a budget it gets the job done.
You need to find a streaming device and streaming service that fits your needs and cut cable ASAP. There is one for you out there that will make your monthly expense on television cheaper. Be on the look out for Part II of this blog series where I breakdown the different services. For more homework, if you’re into that kinda thing, check out Hulu With Live TV. It’s all the rage right now. You can hit me up with any questions you have about cutting cable on twitter @ joshuarmcgee or drop me a comment below. Don’t forget to clap it up and show me some love below if you appreciated this blog.