“Cutting the cord” is a popular trend that isn’t only getting stronger. More people than ever are getting rid of cable or satellite TV and turning to online streaming services.
It makes total sense when you think about how expensive your cable bill can be. Since there are many quality streaming services available, it’s difficult to justify paying a hefty monthly bill. But you need to know what you’re doing to get the best value.
Why there are more cord cutters than ever
Americans are canceling cable subscriptions at an alarmingly fast pace. Research firm eMarketer released the following forecasts, indicating that cord-cutting is exploding faster than previously thought.
- In 2017, around 22.2 million U.S. adults will have cut the cord on cable, satellite or telephone company TV services. This number is up 33 percent from 16.7 million cord-cutters in 2016.
- Despite the rise in cord-cutters, 196.3 million U.S. adults will still have a traditional pay-TV service with cable, satellite or telephone companies this year but this number is down 2.4 percent compared to 2016.
- By 2021, it is projected that U.S. adults who still have traditional pay TV with cable, satellite or telephone companies will drop even further to 181.7 million, an almost 10 percent decline from 2016.
- By 2021, the number of cord-cutters will almost equal the number of people who are “cord-nevers” (or people who’ve never subscribed to pay TV) – a total of 81 million U.S. adults.
Now that you know cutting the cord can be a great way to save money, you should think about making the move yourself. But you need to know the right steps to take so you get the best service at the most affordable price.
Step 1: Get an antenna
If cutting the cord is a move that you want to make, you’ll need to add an HD antenna to your system. This will allow you to pick up local channels, and several others, that will let you watch live TV for free. You might be surprised at how many free channels you can pick up with an HD antenna.
With an HD antenna, you can pick up over-the-air (OTA) broadcast channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, PBS, ION and many others. Many of the most popular television shows, along with sporting events and local news, are broadcast on OTA television in High Definition. FOR FREE!
But which HD antenna should you get?
Step 2: Choose the streaming service that’s best for you
One huge mistake cord cutters can make is signing up for too many services. This can add up to a huge monthly expense and defeats the purpose of cord cutting to begin with.
Instead, you need to decide which channels are important to you and which streaming services offer them. Don’t worry, we’ve done the research for you.
We’ve created a comparison chart showing which channels are offered on each service. Here’s a small preview:
That’s not the entire list of channels on the chart. Click here to see the complete list of streaming service channel lineups.
Step 3: Select a streaming media gadget
There are two types of steaming gadgets: set-top boxes and HDMI sticks. HDMI sticks are the size of USB drives and plug right into your TV’s HDMI port. That means less clutter in your entertainment center and they’re also cheaper. Click here to see a chart comparing HDMI sticks.
Streaming boxes are larger and more expensive but tend to be more powerful. Click here to see a chart comparing popular streaming boxes.
These are the basic steps that you need to cut the cord. Now you have the tools you need to start saving up to hundreds of dollars per year.
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