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Cancel Cable & Keep your Favorite TV Shows

 

Cancel Cable and still watch all your Favorite TV Shows, at a fraction of the cost, and on your TV in HD. With cable costs going up and the economy getting worse, canceling cable is the only thing that make sense. But with all the Net TV scams out there, and all the different products to choose from, what’s the simplest and most cost effective way to make the transition to Online TV?

 

Hulu + Netflix + Video Streamer = Big $avings


STEP 1: Test Your Internet Speed

Without a fast enough internet connection, Streaming Videos will just not work. Your connection must provide a download speed of at least 2Mbps (Faster the Better).  To test the speed of your connection click here (Visualware).

If you find your Internet Speed is just not high enough or that many of your videos are buffering for longer than 1 min, then try these helpful tips:

  • Use a wired connection for more consistent speed. Wireless speeds could vary based on device, transfer speed and interference.
  • Make sure no other bandwidth intensive applications are running elsewhere on the network (i.e. video games, file sharing, Skype).
  • Lower the quality of your stream or try lowering the resolution on your display.

If nothing seems to work contact your Internet Service Provider to find out what it would cost to increase the speed.

STEP 2: Purchase a Video Streaming Device

You can now watch TV stations & movies through the internet on many different devices. The trick is figuring out which video streaming device makes the most sense for you. Your options include Gaming Consoles, DVRs,  Antennas, HDTVs, and stand-alone devices that are built solely for Streaming Videos. If you are looking to utilize Hulu and Netflix, you love Blu-ray, and you like Video Games then I suggest you look into PlayStation 3 Video Streaming (PS3). If you are only interested in Movies and television shows, and really do not need anything more, then the Roku is a great option. It really depends on what is important to you. Read our Video Streaming Device Product Reviews to determine what best fits your needs.

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STEP 3: Sign up for Streaming Video Services

With the launch of several new services that offer practically free HD streaming (Hulu, Netflix, & Amazon VOD), we have reached the point where you no longer need a cable or satellite TV subscription to enjoy your favorite TV shows. Netflix and Hulu are the leaders, though Amazon is making a valiant effort to catch up. All three stream shows instead of selling downloads to you, but they have very different content – and different policies about when, where, and how you can watch your favorite TV shows. Just like with Video Streaming Devices, you need to review your options and pick what works best for you.

I personally subscribe to Netflix, Hulu & Vudu, and have more programing to choose from than I need.

Below is a comparison guide that will help you determine which of these services will best support your needs.

(Hulu vs Netflix vs Amazon VOD)

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In addition to these services there are tons of Free Internet TV Stations that provide a wealth of content.

Click here to learn What Sites You Need to Know About When Watching Internet TV

 

STEP 4: Research and Buy a Indoor Antenna if Applicable




  • Garrett Garner

    Has anyone figured how to watch FaxNewsChannel LIVE without cable or satelite? I can only fine streems available after the segament has aired.

    • http://www.killthecablebill.com/ KTCB

      Hey Garrett,

      Best option that I know of is to go to: http://video.foxnews.com/

      If you end up finding a better solution pleas let us know.

    • http://www.thestreamingadvisor.com/ The Streaming Advisor

      There is not a legal way Garret.

  • Donna Campbell

    Living on the mexican border there are no over the air tv stations except one Mexican one. Will that Mohu Leaf still work for me?

    • http://www.killthecablebill.com/ KTCB

      HI Donna, I would start by using this Channel Finder Tool. All you need to do is enter your zip code and the tool will tell you what is available: http://gomohu.com/tv-for-free/

  • Ryan Sease

    What is the best method for getting OTA over multiple TVs? I have three
    in my house and would like to completely cut the cable. However, I
    really don’t want to have to buy three separate antennas unless I need
    to do so. What would you recommend? If you could please help me out I
    would appreciate it as I am now having to pay $25 for ‘Limited Basic’
    and I just think that is too high even for that.