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Cut the cord on cable: Tools that will help you get the best streaming experience

Cut the cord on cable: Tools that will help you get the best streaming experience
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Who needs cable TV when you have the Internet? There are tons of reasons to make the switch. For starters, average basic cable prices hovered around $800 a year in 2014, compared to $270 in 1995. Now, in 2016, a basic Netflix account is only $8 per month or under $100 per year. That difference is a pretty big chunk of change.

On top of potentially saving hundreds, cutting the cord also means getting rid of commercials, watching whatever you want whenever you want, and not being a slave to the DVR schedule. Sounds great doesn't it? It is, but, there are lots of choices you'll have to make.

You'll need to decide what streaming devices and services are right for you. There's Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku for starters. Then there's Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO GO and many more. How do you know which one is best for you and your family?

Next, you'll need to figure out what to watch. Scary movie? Start a new series? Comedy? Drama? With thousands of titles available, you could very easily spend more time looking for something to watch than the show you ultimately pick.

And what do you do if they suddenly stop working? Is it a problem with your service provider? Or is Netflix experiencing a site-wide outage?

Don't worry. We've got you covered. From choosing the right streaming gadgets and services to what to do in an outage, we've come up with a list of three different sites that will help make your streaming experience the best ever.

Pick the right services for you

Are you ready to finally cut the cord on cable? If you do it right, you can save big without sacrificing any of your favorite programs. But there are so many options, you will need to pay attention. Luckily, we have everything you need.

CableGone
Before you do anything, you'll want to make sure you're really ready to cut the cord. To help you get started, visit CableGone and check out the Channel Finder to see what stations you can get with an HD antenna, use the Cable Savings Calculator to see just how much you can save, then read Cable Cutting Myths if you still need some convincing.

Gadgets
You'll need a streaming device, such as the Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. For an in-depth look at every streaming device, check out the Komando.com Cut The Cord Chart and the companion buying guide for everything you need to know before picking out a streaming gadget.

Streaming services
Netflix or Hulu? Amazon Prime or HBO GO? Get help choosing a streaming service with this pretty handy Komando.com Flash Tip. It's a list of pros and cons for Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu, YouTube and Crackle.

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