I always recommend new cord cutters try avoiding the temptation to race into cord cutting. This often leads to overpaying or buying the wrong device for you. So, when are you ready for cord cutting?
Today I want to offer a great cord cutting checklist of what you should do before you cancel your cable TV subscription. Now, this is our recommendation of what you should do before canceling cable TV. This is our opinion, and you should do what is best for you.
- Streaming Player for Your TVs
- Antenna (optional, but highly recommended)
- Subscribe to Streaming Services
- Plan for Internet
Streaming Players: You really need a streaming player to get the most from cord cutting. This could be a smart TV or even a game system you already own. If not, you may want to look into a Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Android TV player. One of these will allow you to watch things like Netflix and more on your TV.
Antenna: For most Americans, an antenna will give you access to free over-the-air TV. Now you will be able to enjoy channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC among others 100% free. Need help installing a new antenna? Click HERE. Even if you plan to get a streaming service with locals, having an antenna will give you more content and always be there even if the internet is down.
Streaming Services: You likely already subscribe to multiple streaming services. It could be Netflix or maybe you have Amazon Prime for shipping, which includes a large library of movies and TV shows. We suggest that before you cancel cable TV, try out different services and pick the ones you want.
Internet: Before you try to downgrade to internet only, we highly suggest you do some research first. The way to get the best deal on the internet is to know what the other options in the area are. If you have cable, find out what your local phone company is offering for DSL, for example. That means when you call you can say “I was told I could get DSL for a better deal.” Often, but not always, your current provider will match it. If not, you can always switch to a new Internet Service Provider (ISP).
There you go. My checklist of what you should do before you cancel cable TV. If you want more help checkout our Cord Cutting 101 Guide.
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