Many of you probably have heard of “cord cutting,” the practice of cancelling your cable subscription and viewing all your content online, whenever you want. The reason for doing so is clear: the average cable bill is about $100 a month according to BGR. Many people simply do not need thousands of TV channels and only watch a handful of preferred channels. The prospect of saving $100 a month is appealing to anyone, but only recently have the services and hardware emerged to enable you to cord cut without sacrificing your access to content. As the upcoming release of SPUD will add a new portability dimension to cord cutting, now is the time to brush up on the latest available services!
The most prominent popular services to replace your favorite TV channels and watch your content whenever you want include:
If you purchased all of these services you would pay $61.22 a month, but carefully review the offerings and you’ll probably see you don’t need all of the services (I personally only use Netflix and Youtube regularly).
A common content problem for cord cutters is accessing live sports content. However, many networks now stream sports content including last week’s Super Bowl and the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, if you have a friend or family member who still hasn’t cut their cord you can use their cable login information to access ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports (often does not require login including the Super Bowl and NCAA Tournament),NBC Sports (also often free during Sunday Night Football), and ABC Sports. You can also use that same cable service login to access non-sports content on demand, if you prefer to not purchase Hulu.
The hardware for replacing your cable box includes various dongles and boxes that connect to a TV via HDMI (since many of us prefer not watch to watch content on a small phone, tablet, or laptop screen):
I personally use Chromecast and mostly watch Netflix and Youtube. I recently started using my SPUD prototype (connected directly to my phone via HDMI) as my go-to streaming setup, meaning I can stream content to a big screen virtually anywhere I can get a cell signal. Two days ago I was able to stream the big game (and Eli’s excited reaction to his brother’s big win) to my SPUD, which I easily set up right next to the grill. Now that’s what I call cord cutting!
What’s your favorite cord cutting setup?