Cutting the cable cord is not just a concept anymore — it's a reality. In 2012 18% of parents polled at Parent Magazine had already cut the cord, and major national retailers like Best Buy are promoting cord-cutting solutions. It makes sense, considering the average American cable bill in 2012 was an estimated $69 - $86 dollars per month, which translates to around $1000 spent on TV per year. How do you know if you're ready to cut the cord? Here's a quick guide to help you figure it out.
A revolution has begun. Fed up with constantly increasing prices, endless fees and taxes, and programming packages that include 40 channels you don’t want for every one that you do, cable and satellite customers across the US are kicking their service providers to the curb by cutting the cord and sourcing their TV programming elsewhere. For many of you, this may be a daunting idea- that cable coming out of your wall has been a sort of umbilical cord, nourishing you with entertainment for as long as you can remember. Others may have concerns that ditching cable requires too many sacrifices. Well, we’re here to tell you it’s cheaper, easier than you think, and you don’t have to give up much – if anything – in the process. Below, you’ll find a series of guides to help you cut the cord and start saving money now.
It’s official: Internet-delivered TV is real. Once called an ‘experiment’ by prognosticating pundits in the past, live streaming TV has captured the attention of a wide audience, thanks to recent announcements from HBO, CBS, Nickelodeon, and so many more. Channels that were once strictly bound by the confines of a cable subscription can now be accessed for a small fee with no contract, no equipment rentals, and no crappy customer service to deal with. There’s never been a better time to kick cable to the curb.
Not everyone is cut out to be a “cord-cutter,” though. Ditching cable or satellite service and the bill that goes with it sounds great , but it’s not something you want to rush into without doing a little research and preparation first. As with most things, there’s a right way to go about cord-cutting, and then there’s the way that sends you back to your cable company begging for forgiveness. We tend to prefer the right way … the awesome way.
The thing about Internet-delivered TV is that you need a broadband connection that’s copacetic with the streaming lifestyle. This may seem like a foregone conclusion, but we want to make it clear that if you’re going to bet your precious entertainment future on your network, you best have a solid hookup. Netflix and other similar streaming video services suggest downstream speeds of 5 Mbps, but that’s simply not going to cut it for most folks, especially those with families that might want to stream more than one show or movie at a time.
When new cord-cutters are confronted with buffering, they are understandably frustrated.
Consider that 5 Mbps may get you one HD video stream, but you may experience loading and buffering delays if your network is getting choked up with any other traffic. Cable TV doesn’t interrupt your show to buffer, so when new cord-cutters are confronted with delays, they are understandably frustrated. Avoid the buffer and upgrade your broadband speed if you can, otherwise it’s time to reconsider ditching cable.
We also recommend testing your Internet speed at peak streaming hours (between 6 – 10 PM weekdays) to determine if your neighborhood struggles under the strain of heavy traffic. For instance, if you routinely get around 10Mbps downloads during the day, but that figure takes a dive to about 3 MBps around dinner time, you’ll want to call your Internet provider to see if anything can be done. Fortunately, this is an increasingly rare problem, but better to check ahead.
Bottom line the money you save from your cable bill ,you now invest into the best internet available to you.
Now your in a 2 YEAR contract an you don`t want to cut the cord right away .So you have 2 choices down grade to the basics or pay the early termination fee....Me I paid the early term fee.Cost me 210.00 here`s the kicker I was paying 187.98 a month for 2 years that`s.$4511.52 vs $240.00...
that`s a no brainer. pay term fee no credit problems cable bill done CYA.
Now Im watching all the TV I can handle from my streaming TV box that I PAID 250.00 BUCKS for, a onetime payment . I get all the movies ,all the TV shows every episode, pay per view, NFL,NBA,MLB Soccer. I also have the option of live TV subscription witch is 240.00 a year. Yes I got it....240.00 vs 2255.76 a year to watch TV. I can go for that any day. HELLO
So you can cut the cord anytime you get tired of paying that
over priced cable bill.