Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV service

How to Make Cord Cutting Less Scary (2017 Update)


Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating retired people cancelling cable TV serviceCord cutting can seem scary to new cord cutters. You have to buy new devices and sign up for new services and when you are used to cable it can understandably give many a cause to rethink what they are doing.

But there is no need to worry or be scared about cord cutting. From talking with thousands of new cord cutters I find these three tips to be the best way to remove a lot of the concern new cord cutters have.

#1 Don’t Rush Into It

The number one mistake people make when they cut the cord is rushing into it. When you rush into cord cutting you add a lot of unneeded stress to the process.

Taking cord cutting slowly can help you avoid overpaying and make it less stressful. So long before you call to cancel your cable TV make sure to set up everything—from your antenna to streaming players. Test out different streaming services before canceling pay-TV.

This way when you cancel your pay-TV provider you are not rushing out to buy any antenna you can find in hopes of watching your favorite show tonight. A little preparation will ensure that when you cancel cable TV you are set for your life as a cord cutter.

#2 Don’t Focus on the Number of Channels

Often cord cutters can get sucked back into the idea that more channels is better. What you need to focus on is the shows you want. We suggest making a list of shows you must have and then looking for streaming services with these shows.

Want to see what service has your favorite channels? Check out our full breakdown of Sling TV vs. Hulu vs PlayStation Vue vs. DIRECTV NOW etc HERE.

#3 Only Subscribe When You Need That Service

Don’t worry about contracts. Unlike cable TV there are no year-long contracts. You can add or drop subscriptions whenever you want. If you only want a live TV service for sports only pay for it when your sport is on. Only want HBO for “Game of Thrones?” Only pay for HBO Now when “Game of Thrones” is on.

By only subscribing to services when you use them you can easily save $100s every year.

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  • Malignar

    I recently cut the cord. It has certainly made me think much more about what is on and how to access it…especially with no DVR for Directv Now and only one local channel. It is doable but, as a big sports fan, it is certainly a lot of switching between the antenna and the Roku. The promise of a coming DVR and hopefully another local or two at some point, made me jump at DTVN as they have viacom and all the sports channels.

    • Nathan John Ganiere

      hope you enjoy DTVN as much as I have, I love it and the savings over what traditional TV would cost me is great……..

      • Malignar

        I really like the picture quality and channel selection. I’ve cut my TV cost in half with no contract and a free new Roku stick, not bad.

    • Carl Collie

      I don’t know how people live chained to the TV schedule without a DVR, that is a instant no go for me, but that is what makes the streaming options so great, you can find what fits you perfectly. I like PS Vue for $35 a month, I sacrificed A&E/History Channel but it has everything else I need, plus my locals and a great DVR.

  • craig2web

    Start with an antenna and a good streamer. I believe Roku has the lowest starting price ($30) and appears to have the greatest number of channel apps – I think over 5,000 at this point. And essentially half of them are completely free to use, with content paid for with ads. The Roku Channel has some good movies, and the Pluto TV app mimics a traditional cable lineup, but without the cable TV fees. Most OTA networks have decent apps to watch programming for free along with some cable channels as well. Once you’ve found the best free apps for you, if you want to try one or more premium services, make sure to take advantage of any free trials they have on offer before you pay for anything. Happy hunting!

  • BigO

    I stress to anyone cutting the cord to make heavy use any / all free trials available to you. This allows you to play around and see what works best for your situation / wants / needs. Then, when you cut the cord, you know what you want.