Yes, it really is time to finally cut that sh*t. Go Edward Scissorhands on it. There’s never been a better time to be cable free than right now, and it just keeps getting better every day that goes by.
Here’s what you need to do.
First, get ready for a fight, not a break up with your cable company if they also provide your Internet. Yes, you’ve been in bed together for a long time, but like any relationship, over time the benefits start to go away. That’s what’s happening right now, and you need to stop paying so much for those benefits that you aren’t getting anymore.
Not only do you need to ditch the cable package, while you’re at it, you’re going to need to INCREASE your Internet. Shouldn’t cost much, maybe another $10-$15 a month, but it’s worth wrangling with them a big to get a level or two up from their basic speeds because you are a about to become a mad dog streamer and you need that bandwidth.
Depending on how crazy you were in your previous life, you may have cut your monthly nut down from $250 to $75. Good job. But now you don’t have anything to watch so let’s fix that.
You might already have a couple of these things on hand, so look around. Do you have:
A Smart TV
A mobile device of any sorts that has a HDMI plug or HDMI connector; even an old Tablet laying around can work.
Assemble one of any of the above to each of your TVs, or a projector if you’re a fancy pants.
Next step: Sign up for some streaming services or log in with the ones you already have.
Do you already have any of the following:
If you don’t have any of those already, I would love to know what you do with your free time.
No really, you need to sign up or contact your friends and family and hit them up for a log in. How many of those services you need are really up to you but figure each one is around $10/month which isn’t bad considering your last cable bill was $250 and you watched 0.458% of the 4000 channels offered.
Also, while you’re at it, download the YouTube app to your device or TV. When all fails, just open this and see what the top or recommended video are for you.
Now, you’re looking pretty good. If you’re a sports fan, you got some good content via ESPN+. If you’re into movies, you don’t know what to do with yourself. If you have kids, they will be forever entertained with Disney+. If you already had Amazon Prime and weren’t using the video part of it, you were doing that cable thing again, paying for shi*t you don’t use. Stop it.
Speaking of Amazon Prime, you can also get great streaming music services for free and free Kindle books each month. And still get your two day delivery, all for the same price you are paying now. But be ready because you know it goes up every year.
Ok, what’s next? How about a dirty little secret. Yes, we all like those.
You know why you don’t need no stinkin cable? Because it’s already in your house, beaming around your walls like a ghost you can’t see. You just haven’t taken the initiative to catch it, and unmask that ghost.
What is this ghost we speak of? It’s the HD cable broadcast signals that are in the air and free to grab. Depending on where you live, some people will be better off than others, but give this a look. You can get an HD antenna for next to nothing, and the ones nowadays can suck in signals from a long way away. There are even 4K antennas for a great price.
One thing that sucks about HD antennas though is that sometimes they can be affected by weather. So if that’s a problem, or your signal is weak anyway, don’t fret.
Check out a service called Locast.org. Available in quite a few markets around the country, you can stream your local HD programming via the Locast app on our Smart TV or connected device. And it works like a charm. It’s totally free but has some silly interruptions to force you to donate $5 a month. It’s worth it.
While you’re downloading apps, look for apps from many of the major TV networks as sometimes the content is easily accessible and free there too. If you have a “friends and family” log in to a cable provider, try their apps too. They’re trying to cut down on sharing, but it’s worth a shot.
Next, consider getting a networked attached hard drive. This is a big storage drive that connects to your router. If you or friends have a bunch of content, save the files to the hard drive and access via your streaming device on your TV.
Prices are really good on these lately. Backing up all your media is a good idea anyway. Get it off your phone before you lose the phone or transfer to a new device and it takes 12 hours to move a decade’s worth of photos and videos over.
Technology is on fire right now and getting better, faster and cheaper than ever before. You’re streaming shi*t now. You need to move those 1s and 0s. If you have an old device it’s likely it can’t even process modern day Internet speeds. And again, you’re paying for more stuff you don’t use.
Cable was fatally wounded years ago but was able to somehow cling to life because some people like you just couldn’t let go. But times have changed. And now it’s dead all the way, and pretty much in the grave.
Who’s talking about cable programming, or waiting to watch something at 9pm on a Wed? People are talking about what’s streaming because that’s what’s cool and what the whole world is watching. And now you’re ready, Scissorhands, to go and join the party.