We often get asked what the best cord cutting tips for new cord cutters are. In the past, we have given our opinion, and we decided this time to ask our readers in our Cord Cutting Techs Support group what their pro tips for new cord cutters are. We picked out five of the best and share them with you.
So, here are the five best cord cutting pro tips for new cord cutters from our readers.
DaShoan Darelle Olds—Start with an antenna and any streaming content that you already have.
This is a great tip for any new cord cutter. You always want to look at what you have first and then free options second. One of the best free options is an antenna. Not only can you get ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC with an antenna but also many other great networks full of movies and TV shows. At my house I get 47 channels for free with an antenna, so make sure to look at your antenna options.
Elaine Thatcher—Don’t try to replicate what you get on cable. You don’t need live TV except for sports and news. Get a couple of on-demand services (not live TV) and be adventurous in exploring the options available for shows. Supplement this with an OTA antenna, and you’re good to go.
This is a big trap many new cord cutters fall into. They try their best to make cord cutting just like cable TV. Think of it more like buying a new car. It may not be exactly like your old one, but they both get you where you want to go.
Steve Hildreth—Use a trial of a streaming services before you disconnect from cable/satellite. Also, prioritize your “must have” channels.
Taking advantage of free trials is a must for all new cord cutters. Unlike cable TV, which makes you pay before you can try the service, cord cutting services let you test them out before paying. This lets you test out multiple services to find the right one for you.
Todd L Dietrich—Do your research! Make a list of all the shows you watch and the channels they are on. Compare the options to see which service gets you most, or maybe even all, of what you need. Be sure to use the free trials to test out the various streaming services. Do NOT expect it to be exactly like cable/satellite.
One of the main mistakes new cord cutters make is canceling cable TV before figuring out what you need to see your shows. Take your time. There is no rush to cut the cord. Do your best to be as ready as possible before you cancel cable.
Lynnda Savoy Shepherd—Just do it. We thought about it for too long and could have saved so much. It’s not irreversible. If you hate it, get cable again. Chances are you’ll never go back but knowing you can helps take the scary out of it.
This last tip is one of the most important. Remember: Cutting the cord is not final. You can always go back to cable if you don’t like it. So, don’t be afraid to try it. Cable will give you a new customer rate to get you back.
Do you have a tip you would like to add to this list? Leave us a comment and let us know what your cord cutting pro tip is.
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