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The truth about cutting the cord on cable TV

Kelvin Graddick ·

Not too long ago I was a satisfied cable subscriber. I enjoyed flipping through hundreds of channels to eventually let it stay on one of my favorites. I eventually began to notice that I only watch a handful of channels but I was paying almost $200 (internet included) for them all. Since my cable contract was coming to an end, I decided that I should give “cutting the cord” a try. Here’s how I cut the cord on cable and what I found out. 

Streaming services are becoming very comparative to cable TV

If you cut the cord and still want TV, then you’ll need to transition into streaming over the internet. Nowadays, the options for streaming are almost endless. Most people know about Netflix and Hulu, which allow you to watch many previously-aired TV shows/movies on demand. Netflix has a lot of award-winning exclusive content that you can’t get anywhere else. Sling TV even offers popular cable channels that you can stream which can make cutting the cord easier. You can watch the latest and greatest shows at the same time as cable subscribers do. I decided to go with Netflix and Sling TV and have been extremely happy with them.

Yes, you could potentially save a lot of money; but it depends

The top reason people cut the cord is to save money, but they should be sure they’ll actually save before doing so. You still need internet which is usually a third or more of most people’s cable bill. So whether or not you save really comes down to how many streaming services you need and how much they cost. The sky is the limit here so you should research the types of shows/channels you NEED to have and go from there. Start small; you can always add services down the line.

Some Internet providers are fighting back against cord-cutters

Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T have noticed the increase in the number of cord-cutters. They have implemented data-caps on customer’s internet service. This could mean a big problem for you if you watch a lot of TV. Going over the data-cap will make your internet bill higher and could negate the benefit of cutting the cord. It’s a good idea to evaluate how much TV you actually watch to see if it’s worth it. Comcast currently has a cap of 300GB. That may seem like a lot to some, but major streamers know better.

So, should you cut the cord on cable?

It just depends. If you watch TV daily for long periods of time and watch a big variety of shows then you probably won’t save much money. If you have a handful of shows that you watch, then most likely you’ll be able to cover your bases with streaming services and save money. In the end, you should research and make the best choice for your viewing habits!

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