Now we all know just how we can never be really rid of the cords as long as we have items that need the supply of electricity as well as the data. We can never really be free of the cords.
But consuming different kinds of content like movies, TV shows, music, plus all other things that are streaming in 2019 it is all far more different than the time when cable TV came of age some 30 years ago.
We have much more options that we did before, both in terms of what we want to watch and how we want to watch things. Even though like the newspaper and the telephone, the traditional cable TV is not going to be gone anytime soon, however, it is evolving. Even though many of us might still be relying on a cable provider for internet access, it is no longer the sole source for entertainment out there.
We can use so much of that to our advantage and can watch a lot more of whatever we like to watch. We can also save money in this process.
Be it the hardware or the software or the services and subscriptions.
We’ll walk you through everything that you need to know before you decide to cut the cord out and how to make the most of it once you are done with cutting it.
So What Exactly is Cutting the cord?
First of all, what you need to know is what cutting the cord actually means.
Basically, what we call “cutting the cord,” or the term “cable cutting” is that of trading a traditional cable TV (more importantly the taxes and fees that go with it) with something else. Something that is much better.
Mostly when we are talking about cutting the cord, it means we’re talking about moving to some sort of a streaming service which means that you’re watching digital video through an internet connection instead of watching it with the help of a cable box.
So what exactly is the difference here? Well, We think most of it is the fact that it has the ease of use and the price can also be a contributing factor here.
Cutting the Cord: Why Cut The Cord?
Now we all know how expensive cable TV can be these days. There are different packages of content that are packed often with loads of channels which you will never watch and the hardware rentals and the taxes as well as the fee that go along with it all; it can really get very expensive.
Things can even get worse if you live in a town without any real choices between the cables and the providers.
“It’s all about saving the money. be it a little bit or a lot more.”
Cable TV is also pretty simple, all it has is a single remote control, and that is all. So why opt for rocking the boat?
Well, Money. It always comes down to the money.
It is very much possible to watch things as you did or even more with the help of streaming services and actually save money in the process.
It is mostly about finally being able to get what you want, without having to pay too much for the extraneous fluff, and without paying too much.
Even though there might be no single equation for the consumption, it may greatly vary, what you might want to watch and what any other person wants to watch every month will definitely be different from not only what you want to watch but also from what you want to spend.
Again, that’s the whole point. It’s about you and your needs.
So What Exactly Do You Need to Cut The Cord?
Well, so you have made the final decision and you have decided to get rid of that cable box, in other words, to cut the cord which of course ingests digital signals and then translates them into something that you can watch, and you want to replace it with something else which can ALSO ingest digital signals and translate them into something you can watch.
Now there is a decent chance you already own some type of cord cutting hardware. Let’s divide it into two necessary categories.
You will need some hardware, like something through which you can watch all this streaming content.
You will also need some sort of service which will actually “stream” it all to you in the first place.
The hardware comes in a variety of different forms. Much of the displays sold today particularly those sold by the major manufacturers such as Vizio, Samsung, LG and TCL tend to have some sort of like a “smart” functionality, it means that these devices can connect to the internet and then run several applications of some sort, thus giving you access to the streamed shows.
The display though might be running some sort of like a proprietary operating system like the Samsung’s Tizen or the LG’s WebOS. It may also be that they are running the Roku software, or Amazon’s Fire OS software, or even Google’s Android TV.
You can also do another thing if you choose; you can use some sort of an external box like the Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and other types of such things.
What about the good or the bad?
Now there are always some advantages as well as some disadvantages to both of these schemes, but you will need one or the other if you are wishing to cut the cord and still want to keep watching the same depth of content you were before doing the entire deed.
There also is over-the-air television.
You heard it, That is definitely right!
It is still possible in the 21st Century to erect an antenna and then plug it in, then watch TV, free of any or all subscriptions. Luckily, you can still do that.
Also, the ability to record shows is still a thing these days.
Cutting the Cord With the Streaming Services
It is well evident that any hardware without the software is just a brick. So what you will need is some sort of streaming service to be able to watch shows.
Now, most of these networks might have their own individual apps and subscriptions if that’s how you want to keep it. But this way is quite discombobulated, and it is not exactly realistic unless and until you watch only a scant few shows.
It is not necessary that you will most likely end up with a few services. There are chances that you have a few of these services already.
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video are three of the major standalone services.
They are also what you would call online video distribution services since they bring the content directly to you.
They are also called “multichannel video programming distributors” this mouthful of words means one app for lots of channels.
It is mostly like an old-school cable TV.
There are loads of channels, different options for packages (as well as different prices for each), and different menus that tie it all together.
Accessories for Cutting the Cord
Now a display box and a streaming box are just bare bones. You can do more. A Lot more.
Streaming TV over the internet instead of streaming it through a cable box does not mean that you have to have a lesser experience. We all know that almost everything ties into the internet one way or another at this point thus it means you can do all sorts of fun things.
Of course, there is the usual home entertainment stuff.
For speakers, you can select the Surround-sound speakers since they are easy. You can also rig up a whole home solution like Sonos. Or just use a simply connected soundbar.
What about the ambiance? A few strategically placed connected lights can make your viewing experience a lot of fun.
You may also need a Universal remote control. We would definitely recommend spending a little money in this area because having a crappy remote control can be frustrating.
Final Verdict for Cutting The Cord
Well, this was our guide on cutting the cord, we hope that this article was a lot of fun and full of information for you. You can finally figure out a way to get rid of your expensive Cable TV and save up some extra money.
If there is anything which you would like to ask us, we suggest that you feel free to make a move since we will be happy to help. In the world full of technology, anything is possible. In case you are someone who is not much of a TV fan but rather loves watching things when they like and also wants to save up some extra money then this guide is definitely for you.
Keep up with us for more updates and guides to cutting the cord.
Until next time, off we go.