We’ve heard a lot of myths about cord cutting – some true, some false. Some people are against the idea completely, like my family members, who always ask: “why don’t you have cable?” The conversation then goes to talking about the news and asking how I live without the news.
I don’t like watching the news because it’s filled with depressing stories, and there are other ways to watch the news for a cord cutter.
It’s almost as if some people feel bad that the billion-dollar cable companies are losing out on a $100 a month.
Today, I am going to dispel a lot of these myths so that you’re never scratching your head wondering which one is fact and which one is fiction.
I just read an article on Forbes that claims that you’re not going to save a ton of money by cutting the cord. This is primarily a myth, but it really depends on your own personal viewing habits.
Fees for cable companies go up 4% to 7%+ per year, but it really depends on your provider.
Back in 2017, the average cable bill was $85, and this price is closer to $100 today. Now, let’s do some math here to really see how much you will save with your cord cutting. If you choose to subscribe to the following, this is how much you’ll pay:
Most people will get by on the $12.99 Netflix and $11.99 Hulu subscription per month, saving over $75 per month. You can go wild and subscribe to Starz and HBO, but even then, you’re still going to be saving money.
The one time when you may spend more on cord cutting is if you sign up for Hulu+ Live TV or YouTube TV. But if you signed up for Netflix, Hulu and YouTube TV, you would be spending closer to $75 rather than $100.
If you don’t simply cancel your cable and sign up for every streaming service available, you’ll be saving a lot of money each month.
Based off of our math above, you would save $300 to $850 per year if you opted for a few steaming services to augment your entertainment.
No, do not expect to replace all of the channels that you enjoy. Statistically, 80% of people watch 17 channels or less despite there being hundreds of channels available. If you have Hulu and an antenna, you’ll be able to replace a lot of the channels that you’ll miss when canceling your cable subscription.
Replacing all channels will be difficult without having a plethora of subscriptions.
Media companies are all trying to create their own streaming service, and this means content is being pulled from Netflix and the like. Hulu is a really good option to replace a lot of the standard cable television channels that you watch.
Local channels can all be received over-the-air with an antenna, so they’re easy to get for news, local channels and sports.
If you’re really stuck, there are websites that can help you determine your viewing habits and recommend which streaming services and options you have to help you fill in the channels you’re missing.
I am not sure who first started this myth, but it is one that I have been trying to dispel for a very long time. Television antennas have been around for decades, and broadcast towers across the world are sending out television signals to these antennas for free.
There was a time when cable companies didn’t exist, and the only true benefit these companies offered was consistency.
The cable company was able to offer rather consistent lines for viewers. Weather didn’t impact the connection, and there was no worry that you will miss a program. Prices for cable were cheaper back then, and it make perfect sense to have cable television.
But today, prices are crazy.
Television antennas will broadcast most lower channels and your local channels 100% legally. You never have to worry about someone knocking on your door or receiving a crazy penalty in the mail because of using an antenna.
Antennas will have their limitations, and you’ll be able to watch primarily local channels, but keep in mind that this is a technology that was once widely used. You can use your antenna the same way your grandparents did.
And the best TV antenna today has a much better range and consistent quality compared to the bunny rabbit antennas that older television came with out-of-the-box.
Smart TVs are great, but I have not had any luck with them being as fast as my Amazon Fire Stick. The speed is slow, the apps are clunky and some of the leading apps are not available. A few of the main streaming devices that are available are:
I tried the Chromecast once, and I didn’t like it at all. It was confusing, and I would rather have used my Fire Stick to stream my content. Roku is really good and comes with built-in 4K and HDR, voice remote and other options.
Apple’s TV 4K is overpriced at almost $200 for a high-end version, but it works well for fans of Apple.
Between the Roku and Apple, the Roku is half the price with significantly better features. But for me, the Fire Stick works fine and I just purchased a new stick on sale for $15 (they usually sell for $40).
I recommend doing your own research here and determining which streaming device you want to buy because they all have their benefits and drawbacks.
When it comes to cutting the cord, these are the four myths that people keep bringing up that are almost always false. If you want to save money, cut the cord and you’ll never want to go back to watching commercials again.