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True or false: You need a streaming gadget to cut the cord

Many are fed up with the rising costs of cable and satellite. And the more equipment you have, the more that can go wrong, adding to the inconvenience. It’s no surprise that cord-cutting is gaining momentum.

Your mind may stray to countless available streaming options, but an old method of watching TV is making a comeback. You can throw it way back by purchasing a TV antenna, but it won’t resemble anything like the rabbit ears you may remember. Tap or click here to learn about the differences between indoor and outdoor antennas and which is right for you.

When it comes to streaming, you have a myriad of options. But before you decide which services you want to subscribe to, how will you watch them? You may not need to purchase anything beyond a smart TV.

First things first

You’ll need an internet connection. You may have it bundled with your cable and phone service. Canceling cable will save you money, which you can pocket or use to bundle streaming services.

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Choose an internet plan that works for you. Shop around for deals from different ISPs. Tap or click here for more tips like this for lowering your monthly bills. Once your home network is up and running, you can start streaming directly from your smart TV, depending on the model.

Smart TVs are a smart choice

Smart TVs make it easy to stream shows and movies without needing more equipment like a streaming stick. You can even browse the web with newer TVs and access your phone and other devices from the big screen.

Different brands come pre-loaded with various apps. If you’re in the market for a smart TV, you may want to see which ones carry your favorite streaming services from the factory. Some will let you add apps yourself once you have them up and running.

For the most part, big brands such as Samsung, Vizio, Sony and LG all support major streaming services such as Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, Netflix, Paramount+, Prime Video, Peacock, Sling, YouTube and more. LG only recently added HBO Max to its smart TVs.

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For older TVs, a streaming box is the way to go

Streaming players come in a variety of models and price points. All you need is a TV with an HDMI port. And if you’re in the market for an affordable smart TV, we’ve got one for you. Check out our streaming device and smart TV recommendations below:

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