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How to Convince Your Spouse to Be a Cord Cutter


Mid age woman sitting at tableI often hear from spouses who want to be cord cutters who cannot convince their significant other to ditch the overpriced TV bill. Increasingly I am hearing from women trying to convince their husbands to become cord cutters.

So here are a few tips to help you convince your spouse to become a cord cutter.

#1 Don’t rush into it.

As with all things in life rushing into cord cutting is typically a bad idea. You need to make sure you have done your research and set everything up first. The worst thing you can do is try to convince your spouse to be a cord cutter but then don’t have the answers to their questions.

So make sure to do your research, and we suggest checking out our Cord Cutting 101 Guide.

#2 Find out why they don’t want to be a cord cutter.

This may seem like a strange idea but often when I talk to someone they don’t know why their spouse does not want to be a cord cutter.

If they are worried about missing sports you can use our Ultimate Guide for Cord Cutting Sports Fans. So knowing what they are worried about will help us address their concerns.

#3 Offer to try it before you cancel cable.

This is what won my wife and me over. Before we canceled cable TV we decided to turn off our cable box and set ourselves up as cord cutters. We got the Rokus connected and signed up for free trials of services such as Hulu.

After about 2 weeks we realized we never missed anything on cable. So maybe offering to try it before taking the plunge will help.

#4 Talk about all the benefits of cord cutting.

Saving money is a big part of cord cutting but not everything. There is so much more to cord cutting including the fact that you can get so many more TV shows and movies for a fraction of the price of traditional pay TV. Also, you are more likely to be able to watch what you want when you want to with cord cutting.

Not only will you save money and get more content you will also spend less time in your life watching commercials. How much more fun will your life be without all the ads?

If you need more help convincing your spouse to become a cord cutter head over to our Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group. Many cord cutters there will be more than happy to help you ditch overpriced pay TV.

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  • Mark

    My problem is my wife. She likes her cable, the way the guide looks, DVR. Direct TV Now comes the closest as far as channel selection and cable guide, but buffering issues and lack of DVR killed the deal. Tried PlayStation Vue but it has a confusing channel guide and no History channel. Tried Sling TV, but again confusing channel guide, no DVR killed the deal. I signed up to Direct TV Now promo offer and am waiting for the Roku support and hopefully DVR, and fixing the buffering issues, with free HBO for a year, I might hold onto it for a while. My wife doesn’t want to search for shows on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

    • Jordan Chavez

      Have your wife pay the Cable bill with all her required extra bells & whistles.
      You pay for your preferred OTT service.
      Maybe she’ll want to “streamline” and just tag along and learn your service after
      she sees the price difference between the two.

  • Norman

    What about waterboarding? Too extreme? Also guys, why does it have to be the wife? Come on, it can be the husband, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate or whoever you’re sharing space with who needs convincing. What about bamboo under the fingernails? Still too extreme?

  • Karl Childers

    The approach that we took was to use a gradual transition. First we reduced our satellite subscription to the lowest package possible and limited it to just the living room. Then I got a 4th gen apple TV and subscribed to Netflix and Hulu which expanded our content options. I added OTA via HdHomeRun and the Channels app which allowed us to use our satellite even less. We began to try out the various OTT services as they became available and that helped prove that we didn’t really need satellite or cable to access various networks. Over time I added an Apple TV to every set in the house to make things consistent and expand our viewing options. I’ve also purchased some content through iTunes that I couldn’t find in the various streaming services and am slowly building a collection of movies and shows. Apple’s TV app brings content from Hulu, iTunes, HBO, the CW and other apps all together in one place which is great. I’m hoping that at some point they can find a way to work with Netflix as well.

    What I’ve noticed is that our viewing habits have changed. We have the commercial-free Hulu service and I often find myself waiting until episodes become available there rather than watching it live or recording it. My wife seems to spend less time “channel flipping” because she watches less linear television with commercials. We still have our satellite service but rarely use it except to record a couple of shows on PBS. When our contract is up in a few months we plan to cancel.

    • mau47

      Yeah, this is the route we have basically gone as well, Netflix missing from the TV app is definitely a glaring omission but realistically I have found that it’s just caused us to watch less Netflix as the TV is our primary destination most of the time anymore and we usually find something we want to watch there. I think Netflix is holding out from all of these all in one portals for competitive reasons but I wonder if it will hurt them in the long run as more and more streaming devices add the apps without Netflix on board. We have DirecTV now as well and it works really well for us as I live in an area that’s hard to get OTA with any reliability in anything less than perfect weather.

    • Mark

      I may have to try this route.

    • FREETELEVISION

      Can you get the PBS app in your area. Solve the problem.

  • BigO

    My wife (not comfortable with tech – or changing how we do things) gave me two directives as I researched this. 1) Have to be able to watch broadcast network shows the next day. 2) Make it as simple as possible. For us, as we do not have great OTA reception (good – but not great), our solution was using PlayOn via our Windows computer to record all of our broadcast network shows. She thought the interface was pretty simple, and quickly bought into it.

    Granted, our solution / problem will not be the same for everyone, but I think having something which looks simple for most of the content makes it easer for someone to consider dropping cable.

    FYI: 1st gen Fire TV / 2nd gen Fire TV / Roku 3 / PlayOn / Netflix / Amazon / Hulu / the local library.

  • Bart Allonyou

    Everyone I know is men trying to convince their wives. My wife is resistant because it is more complicated and less convenient. She is not tech savvy at all and is resistant to change. Our main problem with cutting the cord is the inconvenience of getting local cable baseball and hockey.

    • Mark

      I have the same problem

  • David Knibbs

    There’s just one thing I’ve found myself missing, as strange as it might be, commercial breaks. They were perfect little chunks to get some chores or studying done or doing other things.