This post is a work in progress. I live in the US so it took a bit of research. If you live in Canada and have a service to suggest please leave us a comment. Together we can build a great guide for Canadians.
Cord cutting can sound scary at first—with a ton of options and decisions to make—but you will find it is surprisingly easy, and you may already have everything you need. We want to be here to help you cancel cable TV and legally stream your content online so you pay less and still get all of your shows.
The following are our five steps to becoming a cord cutter with our Cord Cutting 101 guide!
Step 1. Streaming Services
There are a lot of live streaming services available, and it may seem overwhelming, but it is easier than you think.
You will likely need more than one streaming service, but the good news is almost all of them offer a free trial. We suggest you take advantage of the free trials to see what fits your needs.
The following is a quick overview of the most popular streaming services.
Netflix—With new content added weekly, Netflix has thousands of hours of movies and TV shows available, making it the largest streaming service in the world. You will find a ton of content from major networks and movie studios including Disney. Netflix is also the leader in original content you cannot find on cable.
Amazon Prime Video—Amazon Prime not only gets you free two-day shipping and free music, it also gives you access to thousands of movies and TV shows.
CraveTV—If you are looking for a Canadian-owned streaming service, check out Bell Media’s new service. With access to the back catalogue of HBO’s completed series, Seinfeld, and some other classic series. It is also offering some sports content such as CFL documentaries produced by TSN.
Crackle—If you want something 100% free, check out Sony’s Crackle service. With a huge library of movies and TV shows, Crackle lets you watch for free as long as you are willing to watch an ad or two.
fuboTV-If you want live TV fuboTV is one of the few streaming options in Canada. (That we have found.) With several popular sports channels like beIN SPORTS, Fight Network, LIGA, and fuboTV Cycling.
Step 2. Pick Your Device
The next thing you need is a device that will stream what you want to watch to your TV. The top four selling devices are Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Apple TV. All are great options for different reasons, so make sure you choose the one that is best for you.
For ease of use we recommend the Roku streaming player. It’s simple and easy to understand. It is basic and straightforward, and it has the most streaming video apps of any player.
For a flexible open streaming player, check out the Fire TV and Android TV. Both Fire TV and Android TV players allow side loading of a wide range of apps. If you like to tinker, we recommend checking them out.
Apple owners who have a ton of movies and TV shows on iTunes will want an Apple TV, because that is the only device that will play iTunes shows and movies.
Step 3. Antennas
An antenna is a huge part of being a cord cutter, and most Canadians can pick up 30+ channels. With many of the most popular TV shows being 100% free and in HD over the air, an antenna is a great way to watch sports and your favorite shows without paying high cable bills.
The number of channels you receive will vary depending on where you live. We recommend going to TVfool.com and typing your address into its channel finder to see which channels are available in your area. This will also help you figure out if an indoor or a roof-mounted antenna is needed to get the channels you want.
We recommend buying a mid-priced antenna—not the cheapest but also not the most expensive. Buying an antenna is a one-time expense, so get a good one that will last for many years.
Do you need help installing an antenna? Amazon can help with that! Check out Amazon’s antenna installation page for help setting up an antenna.
Step 4. Internet
To get the most from cord cutting, you will need Internet. Remember when you downgrade from a bundle to Internet-only you won’t get the best deal. Internet companies save the best deals for new customers. But don’t worry, we can help.
I suggest you shop around for your Internet service provider. Many people think cable is the only way to get fast Internet, but for most Americans that is no longer true.
DSL has come a long way, and I suggest you do what I do. Switch back and forth between DSL and cable Internet. Every time a provider won’t give me a deal, I switch and get the new customer pricing from the other provider. I even found that at one time my DSL company had faster Internet than my cable company.
Step 5. Try It Out
You are set up and ready to go, but before you cancel cable TV, unplug your cable box and try being a cord cutter for a month. When my family canceled cable, it took us about two weeks to find all the shows we wanted. Once we found the content we wanted, we never looked back. However, it was nice to know that if we couldn’t initially find a program we could still watch it on cable until we found it on our streaming service.
Congratulations! You are now a cord cutter!
That’s it—you have successfully set yourself up as a cord cutter. All you need to do now is call your cable TV provider and cancel your cable TV! Make sure it puts you on its do not call list so it doesn’t call you every day for years to come. You can find out how to be put on a do not call list at your old cable company by clicking HERE.
Remember to take a look at our guide on how to avoid the 3 most common mistakes people make when they cut the cord.
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