In an attempt to save some money on household expenses, we decided to cut the cord on cable about 3 years ago. At first, we just cut back. We had all of our services through Time Warner Cable. They had our phone, internet, and television at almost $170 per month. That was without any premium channels. Time Warner Cable would not let us have just internet without having at least basic cable service. There was no way I was going to go back to dial-up for internet access so, we took that option and continued to research. When we moved in the first part of 2012, we decided to do away with Time Warner Cable completely. Here’s what we did.
3 Steps to Cut the Cord
Find an alternate provider for your internet service. If your cable provider will do just internet, that’s great. If not, you need to find another option. We found a company in our area called Windstream. The price is about half the price of cable. It is not cable internet. It is DSL so the upload speed kind of sucks. Speaking of sucks, This company has all of the customer service skills of a rotting pumpkin. You need to decide what you are going to put up with when you cut the cord.
Get a digital antenna. Even though we cut the cord on cable, we were not cutting the cord on television. I ran out and bought an inexpensive digital antenna for the outside of the house. It does a decent job. Since we live in a rural area, we only pick up about 25 channels. Which, is comparable to basic cable. We get all of out news channels, 5 PBS channels, music video channels. In reality, we get more channels than I would have expected. Check dtv.gov to see a list of channels that are available for free over the air.
Get a streaming media box. There are many streaming boxes out there. We went with the Roku streaming media box and are so happy with it we bought another. Once you have your box, Sign up for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Redbox Instant, Hulu Plus or any other service provider. We go with Netflix at $7.99 per month, we have access to shows and movies that we would have with cable for a fraction of the price. The big advantage here is you can watch this programming on your own time schedule. Plus, Netflix has some top rate programming of it’s own.
There you have it. The basic setup to cut the cord on the cable company once and for all. There are more things you can do to enhance your TV watching experience such as wiring in your computer to your TV, Installing streaming channels on your box. There are 3 channels for every interest at least. Customize your experience. Stop being a slave to the cable company and save some money too.