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3 Things You Must Know Before Cutting The Cord

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by | Filed Under: TV Tech
 
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With our recent articles on the many streaming services available these days, many of you have expressed interest in “cutting the cord” or getting rid of cable and satellite subscriptions in favor of streaming your programming via the Internet.

Many of you still have questions. Helena wants to know “What do I need to do to cancel my TV cable? I have a ROKU and can stream movies. How do I get local stations?”

Helena’s got the first step accomplished, she has a Roku streaming device that will allow her to watch a variety of programming via the Internet. What shows she can watch will depend on the services she chooses to subscribe to. Services like NetFlix and Fire TV offer both movies, television shows and original production. Sling TV offers live viewing of several current cable channels, including ESPN and AMC.

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As for canceling cable, that procedure depends on your provider. Like any other utility, you need to contact your provider and make sure that you have confirmation that the service is indeed cancelled. If you use your cable provider as an Internet provider as well, you’ll just want to modify your service to only include Internet. Or, you can choose to find another Internet service provider. That may involve setting up a new modem and, if you use your cable provider’s e-mail service as your address, getting a new e-mail address.

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As far as local stations, you’ll need to get an antenna to receive them. A great site to determine what type of antenna you’ll need. Click here to learn how to determine if you can receive local channels over the air with an antenna. I would buy the antenna and make sure I could receive local stations before shutting off the cable.

Three things to keep in mind before cutting the cord:

1. Streaming is generally not free – you may need to buy a device for streaming and most services have subscriptions fees. That can still end up costing you less than cable or satellite.

2. You need a stable broadband connection to stream. You will need an Internet service provider.

3. You will need an antenna for local channels.  Make sure you can pick up local channels before turning off cable or satellite services. Another option is to check with your cable company and see if they offer an comparatively inexpensive local channels package.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “3 Things You Must Know Before Cutting The Cord”

  1. xgi93 says:

    I’ve successfully used the Roku 3 to stream a cornucopia of great old shows via Hulu Plus, more than I could go through if I watched 24 hours a day, which I don’t do 1/6th of that. It costs $7.99 per month. We were able to at least cut the TV portion of our bundled service from Charter by more than half thru going to a much smaller basic channel package that includes the local stations we’ve gotten used to after more than 30 years in the same town. We never could get a decent antenna to pull them in; we’re about 45 miles from the signal origin in Nashville with a lot of hilly terrain in between.

  2. Keith Monson says:

    Another issue you will have is with apps like TruTV, TBS, and a host of others. Before you can see their shows you have to verify that you have an account with a cable or satellite company. Similar to what you would need to use the premium channels. So you have to at least keep your “basic” cable subscription active. Of course you could always “borrow” the login information from a friend but if you both are logged in with your friends details they will nab you and that person could lose their service. Also there is a problem with 1 person tells two people who tell two people, just like sharing your wifi password, eventually everyone in the neighborhood is using your credentials. Media companies are very afraid of cord cutters.

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