How to Cut the Cable Cord

How to Cut the Cable Cord

With the cost of cable and satellite in U.S. homes averaging $125 a month, it's not surprising that more and more Americans are cutting the cord. With easy computer to TV connection and smart TVs — you'll never miss a show — or your cable bill.

 

Figure Out Your Viewing Habits

Make a list of the TV shows your family can't live without. They might include local news, sports, network shows on ABC, NBC or CBS, or cable shows on HBO or AMC. With the exception of some sporting events, there's practically nothing on cable or satellite that you can't get some other way.

 

Network Programing

TV programs from major networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS can usually be accessed for free. You can literally snatch them out of the air. TV broadcast signals are beamed in all U.S. cities in high-definition HDTV format. All you need to get them is a digital antenna connected to the coaxial port on your TV. If you live in the city, an indoor antenna should work — you can get one for around $50. Otherwise, you may need an outdoor antenna mounted on your roof.

 

Movies and Cable Shows

You have two choices if you want to get movies and cable TV shows: Wait a year or two for them to come out on Blu-ray or DVD, or stream them over the Internet immediately. You'll need a high-speed Internet package with unlimited monthly bandwidth to stream movies online. If you have a smart TV, you already have the apps you'll need to access movies and TV shows online. If not, get a set-top box like an Apple TV, Google Nexus Player or a Roku. You can rent or purchase the latest shows from your smart TV or device, or subscribe to services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, or HBO NOW.

 

Streaming Cable Sports

Watching cable sports broadcasts without a cable subscription can be difficult and sometimes expensive, depending on the league and whether you want to watch your local team. All the professional leagues, including the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL, have their own apps. Local teams are usually blacked out, but with the money you'll save on your cable bill, you can probably justify buying tickets.

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