A CORD CUTTER’S GUIDE TO EVERY CABLE TV ALTERNATIVE AVAILABLE
What is Cord Cutting?
Cord cutting is the practice of canceling your cable TV subscription, in favor of cable TV alternatives that offer the same or similar services at a fraction of the price.
What would you do with an extra $100 every month?
The possibilities are endless.
- Choose a Video Streaming Service
- Know what Stream TV Scams to avoid
- Purchase a Video Streaming Device
- Select a HD Antenna
1.Video Streaming Services ⇑
A streaming service is a simple application or website that allows you to watch movies and/or television shows over the internet; like Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, etc. There are countless online streaming services to choose from, so knowing what you want is the first step towards finding what you need.
Here is my advice: make a list of all the shows that you cannot live without, and find out which channels they typically air on.
Then use our Online TV Channels page to learn about all the different video streaming options you have, and what shows they offer.
Bookmark this page, as it the most complete list of Streaming Services available on the internet. With over 200 comments from an amazing cord cutting community, this page has grown into one of the hottest tools available to cord cutters today. Study it, bookmark it, and use the comments section to ask questions.
Last but not least, most of the paid Streaming Services offer free trials. So this is really a no risk, all reward proposition; and you don’t have to cancel your Cable TV subscription before you test out these alternatives.
2. Stream TV Scams ⇑
With cyber criminals running rampant, knowing what to avoid is even more important than knowing what you want or need. The old saying “if it seems too good to be true it probably is” are words to live by when piecing together your cable TV alternatives.
To help you stay out of harms way, I built the most comprehensive list of “Stream TV Scam” sites available. Please take some time to read this page, as it could save you a lot of time, money and frustration.
3. Video Streaming Devices ⇑
Now that you have your streaming service(s) all picked out, and you know what to avoid; it’s time to buy a Video Streaming Device.
A streaming device is exactly what it sounds like, a set-top box that allows you to stream television and movies to your TV, with the help of your favorite streaming services. They’re usually very small, no larger than a WiFi router and will connect directly to your TV.
As far as streaming devices go, there quite literally more than I could ever name. Most devices that connect to the internet, like a computer or smartphone, could double as a streaming device. However, if you’re going for the true television experience you’ll want a dedicated streaming device that can push high-definition content to your television without interruption via a smooth interface.
Here is a complete list of the most talked about streaming devices on the market, along with snippet reviews, places to buy, and links to full-length feature articles.
4. HD Antennas ⇑
An HDTV antenna is the modern iteration of the old trusty rabbit ears that you grew up with as a kid; the only difference is that it’s capable of picking up high definition over-the-air television signals, from much farther distances. A modern HD Antenna will run you between $30 and $150 on average, depending on your needs.
Every antenna and living situation is a little bit different, but at a high level, connecting an HD Antenna consists of 5 steps.
- Figuring out if you need an Indoor Antenna or an Outdoor Antenna (hint: you always want to go with an Outdoor Antenna if possible).
- Determining the best location for the Antenna, given varying signal strengths. (signal meters on your TV will help you optimize placement)
- Installing the Antenna, either indoors or outdoors.
- Running the cabling from the Antenna to your TV, and connecting the coaxial cables.
- Running an Antenna Channel Scan on your TV.
Sample Installation Video
For some, this is fairly easy to do. For others, they will need to call up their local Antenna installer. Not a big deal and well worth the effort.
Once you have your antenna hooked up, you will be able to pick up all of the broadcast networks in your area; such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and CW. These broadcasts are 100% FREE, in 1080p HD and completely legal.
Once your antenna is set up, you’ll be surprised by how many of your favorite shows are available on network television (including most NFL games), and you will wish you had made this change much sooner.
Piecing Together Your Cable TV Alternatives ⇑
I have been writing for cord cutters since 2011, and have helped thousands of people save $100+ a month.
I know you must still have some questions, and the good news is you came to the right place. Simply use the Search Bar at the top right side of the page:
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If you’re tired of spending thousands of dollars on a bad service with terrible choices, then you know what you have to do. It’s time to take the leap and cut the cord.