Cutting the Cord: How to Ditch Cable Once and For All
Like many of us, you probably open your monthly cable bill and let out a scream, or perhaps roll your eyes thinking “how in the world am I going to pay for this?” High costs have caused almost one million American households to ditch their cable in the last year.
Reality is, saying “bye-bye” to cable is an option that may be suitable for you, and you'll be saving lots of dough in the long run (hello new pair of shoes!!). There are so many alternatives to cable that are tailored to your preferences. Why pay for 135 channels that you don't even watch? You can get what you want, when you want, where you want -- and at a better price?
When you hear the word "antenna" associated with television, you may think of huge wires or "rabbit ears" sticking out of a television. Lucky for us, today digital antennas can pick up free over the air HD programming from popular channels such as ABC, FOX and CW. Digital antennas such as the Mohu Leaf 50 or Wingard's Flatwave Antenna are relatively cheap and much sleeker than the clunky old antenna. The best part about a digital antenna? The channels you are receiving are 100% free! If you're looking into getting a digital antenna use the website TV Fool enter your address and see how many and what channels you will pick up in your area!
Set Top Box - Streaming Hardware
Now, we all may know of a little company called Apple. In 2006 they introduced Apple TV, which uses your pre-existing internet connection to stream your content! Apple paved the road for many other companies such as Google, to create similar products. Essentially you connect the device to your internet and stream free or subscription based platforms (think Netflix and Hulu). Some of the most popular boxes are: Slingbox, Chromecast and Roku.
Cutting the cable cord can save you hundreds of dollars. It all depends on what type of viewer you are. USA Today has perfect flow charts to help you decide which route is best for your viewing habits in its article Ditch Cable And Still Watch TV!
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If you enjoy watching television for the news only, then the new antenna is a great option for you. Do you love cuddling up at night to watch a movie or catch up on your favorite TV show? Try the box! The great thing is that in today's technologically advanced world, you don't have to be tethered to your television set by a cable. So ditch the dish, cut the cable and have it your way!
Have you cut the cord or do you plan on doing it? What is your favorite alternative to cable? let us know in the comments below!