Cord-cutting is quickly becoming the norm. More people want control over their entertainment – and most don’t want to deal with commercials. Streaming services are helping meet these demands, but OTA (over-the-air) antennas allow people to watch the live sports and news programming they desire.
In fact, new research from Parks Associates shows that 22% of U.S. households now use an antenna to watch OTA broadcasts. That equates to about 1 in 4 homes with broadband service.
Those who haven’t taken the dive and gotten rid of cable are often worried that they’ll miss all of their favorite shows or somehow miss out on something. We’re going to share six cord-cutting tips to help you finally get rid of cable without regret.
The biggest mistake you can make is rushing into cutting the cord. You don’t have to do everything at once. Take your time to avoid making it overly stressful.
Before you even cancel your cable subscription, give your set-up a test drive.
Next, start taking advantage of free trials for streaming services. Netflix and Hulu both offer a free month trial. You can also try out different free entertainment services, such as Crackle and Pluto TV.
By giving your set-up a trial run, you can see whether you’ll enjoy your new cord-cutting lifestyle before you give up cable for good. This will also give you time to perfect your set-up and work out any kinks before taking the plunge.
When you finally do call your cable provider, you’ll probably be downgrading your service to just the Internet. Sure, you can shop around for a different Internet provider, but it’s typically easier to just stick with the same provider. This way, you don’t have to go through the hassle of setting everything up again.
The cable company won’t go down so easily. They’ll want to keep you in your current setup, or they’ll do all that they can to make up for the money they’ll lose from your downgrade.
Most cable companies will either:
You really don’t need a super-fast Internet connection, especially if you only use it to stream and browse the web. Upgrading to a faster Internet package may cost just as much as your cable subscription, so think carefully before agreeing.
Don’t be tricked into thinking that you need faster speeds to stream and browse the web. If you’re an online gamer or use a lot of bandwidth, upgrading may be a good option. But otherwise, it’s really not worth the extra cost if you don’t need it.
The cable company may also try to get you to bundle your services with TV or phone. Don’t fall for the promotional pricing. Cable companies will often say anything over the phone, and when they finally add the services to your subscription, they’ll add more fees that they didn’t tell you about.
If you’re serious about cutting the cord, stand your ground. Don’t give in to promotional pricing and packages.
With so many streaming and premium entertainment services, it’s easy to go overboard and spend just as much – or more – than you would on your cable bill.
What types of services are out there for cord cutters?
The only upside here is that none of these services have contracts, so you can normally just cancel whenever you want.
Still, if you plan to save as much money as possible, you should only sign up for the services that you really want and/or need. You can bounce around between these services to see which one or ones you like best. Keep in mind that most of these services have free trials, so you can give them a try before deciding to subscribe.
One benefit to these services is that many of them offer new and original content.
If you’re serious about cutting the cord and want to use streaming services, you might consider investing in a good router and adopting an ethernet setup.
A good router will allow you to use a 5Ghz frequency when available.
If you’re having trouble getting a reliable Wi-Fi signal, you might consider connecting through an ethernet cord instead. This will ensure that you have a quick, reliable connection at all times.
If you have Wi-Fi dead zones in your home and you don’t want to go with an ethernet setup, a Wi-Fi booster may be the next best option.
A booster will extend your signal so that you can stream just about anywhere in your home.
Today, you can find all kinds of products that support the cord-cutting lifestyle, such as:
These products make your life easier by giving you access to different programs and content. I wouldn’t’ recommend doing this right away unless you’re absolutely sure that you want to use their related services (or you have one already). But eventually, they will give you more access to more content.
Cutting the cord will save you money, and you don’t necessarily have to give up the content that you love. Along with the tips above, we also recommend shopping around for different Internet providers if you don’t mind having to set up new equipment. You may save money in the process, or find an Internet package that will offer you the speeds you desire.