It’s Time to Cut the Cord and Save
You’ve heard about it. You’ve read about it. Maybe someone you know has even done it (and brags about it all the time). But can you do it? Would you ‘cut the cord’ and get rid of cable or satellite TV as a way to save money?
As streaming services gain more and more content and the promise of forthcoming standalone apps for HBO, Showtime, ESPN and Nickelodeon (with more to follow) offer additional freedom of choice, the idea of deciding on your own terms what media to consume is more appealing than ever. And just imagine never again having to wait on hold for a cranky cable company customer service rep. Sounds good, right?
Here are some things to consider when deciding to cut the cord:
Initial Investment – If you don’t already have one, you’ll likely want to invest in a streaming device such as Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV, that allow you to watch streaming content directly on your television (rather than a computer or other device). They all ring in around the $100 range and are often available at a discount. You’ll want do a little research to find out which one plays the best with all your other devices for maximum versatility.
Monthly & Annual Subscriptions – Once you have a streaming device, you need something to stream. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video are the big three players in the streaming business. Netflix and Hulu charge monthly, while Amazon Prime Video is one part of an annual subscription that also includes other benefits. Even if you subscribe to all three, your monthly charges will still be far less than a cable or satellite bill.
Less Exposure to Advertising – Most streaming content is delivered commercial-free, which limits how much advertising you’ll see. This is especially beneficial with children’s programming and can help minimize kids getting a case of the ‘I wants!” just because they saw a commercial for something on TV.
Less Wasted Time – Not having 200+ channels to flip through means less time wasted mindlessly channel surfing, looking for something worthwhile to watch. Your viewing habits will become much more specific and intentional, and chances are you’ll log less screen time overall.
Don’t Get Discouraged – Cutting the cord requires making some adjustments, but any initial inconvenience you experience is worth it when you begin to reap the savings in both money and time. Once you get used to this new way of consuming content, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.