Cut the Cord and Leave Cable Behind for Good

6 years ago
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Jamie will be posting a follow-up to this post tomorrow!

Cable is expensive, because of that our family has gone from periods of no cable, to basic cable, to cheap Dish packages, and now DirectTV. Satellite cable seems cheap but the usually either have poor signal that goes out whenever it rains (Dish) or only offer discounts for the first year and hold you to a 2 year contract so they can squeeze every nickle and dime from you pocket (DirectTV).

We didn't have any trouble cancelling our Dish Network service when we moved here, so we didn't really think to much to read every detail of our agreement with DirectTV. We signed up last year right before the babies were born because we knew that I was going to be spending a lot of time nursing the twins and I wanted to be able to have something to watch. The signal from DirectTV has been pretty good compared to Dish, but be forewarned if you do decide to sign up you are signing a deal with the devil. If you need to cancel your service for any reason, they will charge you a HUGE cancellation fee. (from what I've seen it looks like $480 if cancelled in the first year, and $240 if cancelled in the second).

With our upcoming move, we've decided to cut the cord (and our losses) with cable for good. When I first heard people talking about using the internet for TV I looked at them like they were crazy. But in the past year several pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place to make this a reality for people who don't want a ugly PC and a million wires in their living room.

Our Tools:

  • HD TV  (if using an analog TV you will need a digital converter for local channels)
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Wireless Router
  • ROKU streaming player
  • Subscription to Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime for streaming content
Some HDTV's are being made with streaming applications ready to go, so you may not need a streaming player. You could also use a gaming device like a PS3 or a blue ray player that is internet ready too. I really like the ROKU because it is affordable and the applications appear to be easy to use and ready to go. We plan to have a ROKU for each of our TVs.
 
For our local channels we will be using digital antenna. antennaweb.com and http://www.dtv.gov/ are two good websites that allow you to find out what local channels you can receive by entering your address. Depending on the type of tv you have, you may need a digital converter box or an antenna. These websites can help you determine what you will need.
 
 
So who is with me? Are you ready to cut the cord and ditch cable for good? I sure am! If you've already left cable in the dust, leave a comment below and tell us what your set up is! 

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