How to Cut the Cord and Save Up to $1,000 a Year

First and most important, think about your TV viewing habits and choose one of these three cord-cutting tracks:

Extreme Saver $0/Month: You are mostly satisfied with just my local stations.

For this option you will need digital antenna or a Free streaming app such as Pluto TV, Sony Crackle, The Roku Channel, or watch TV on your laptop/tablet using something like http://watchnewslive.tv/.

Big Saver $25-50 month: You primarily watch TV for entertainment networks and can give up sports and news channels.

You will need one of the options above and an additional option such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, or Spectrum Streaming Service.

Great Saver $50-$100/Month: You have favorite cable TV channels (including sports), but don't need 100+ of them.

You could use Live TV streaming options such as YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV.

All three options, with exception of Antenna TV, require a high-speed internet connection. You'll also need either a Smart TV or a streaming device like a Roku Express, Google Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV Stick.

I don't have a SmartTV, what are my options? For the Big Saver and Extreme Saver options you will need to buy a streaming device such as a RoKu or Amazon Fire stick. These will run you between $39-$120 dollars depending on the capabilities of the device. I have used the low end versions (<$40) of the RoKu and ChromeCast devices and have experienced no issues.

But I'm a TV junkie and I need lots of content options!

You might want to consider IPTV. For around $10/month you can get access to almost all available content, included many of the "pay" channels such as HBO, Starz, etc. There are also lots of sports options as well. The initial cost is a bit steep ($80 - $120), but it is well worth it considering the content availability.


Some other information that you may find helpful

Remember that other than the antenna option, these are Streaming devices and services, not cable television. As such you will not be able to, at the present time, be able to record streamed content. There are a couple of options being developed for recording, but they are not yet available.

If you you choose a streaming option, remember to reboot your streaming device on a regular basis. This ensures that the internal storage is refreshed.


Also, if you are using a WiFi connection, check your WiFi speed if you are suddenly suffering buffering. ISPs are notorious for "ramping down" internet speeds when they detect consistently heavy usage.

Most of the streaming App[s do not [consistently] allow "Closed Captioning." If you require this, consider using the Spectrum TV streaming App.

The following chart details how much WiFi/Direct Connect bandwidth is required for each category of use:

If you are considering one of the Streaming Services mentioned above, check this chart for channel availibility: List of Streaming Channel Availability by Streaming App