Explaining the Reality of Cord Cutting




Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating retired people cancelling cable TV service

Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating retired people cancelling cable TV serviceOver the years I have learned that new cord cutters often struggle with the sudden change from a cable service that they had for 30 years to the new cord cutting. There are new remotes to learn and new places to find your favorite shows. No longer do you think channel 5 for Fox. You may have to think about DIRECTV NOW or Hulu as your new place for Fox.

There is one other change I find many new cord cutters struggle with, and that is the cord cutting compromise something I see many new cord cutters struggle with.

What is the cord cutting compromise? Let me see if I can explain it by using an airline as an example. First class on an airline always has the nicest seats and the best food. While the ride in the less expensive coach seats get to the same destination about the same moment you may be drinking out of a plastic cup as they drink out of a glass cup.

Cord cutting is similar to that. While cable may be something that is comfortable after having it for 30 years, you will pay a high price for it. You may like the fact that there are no imputs to switch between on the TV and you don’t have to remember if Fox is on Netflix, Sling, or Hulu. You will have to pay a lot for that experience if that is what you want.

Now don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of areas that cord cutting is just better than cable TV at. First, no long-term contracts. Second, a huge library of content that puts most cable packages to shame. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon all offer thousands of movies and TV shows to pick from.

I could go on and on about the benefits to cord cutting, but the main one, according to the Wall Street Journal, is the average cord cutter saves more than $100 a month over cable TV.

While you may have a learning curve and the menus may not be as polished as they are with cable, you will save a ton and still get to watch your shows.

So always remember that the change to cord cutting can take a bit to get used to. Once you do, the payoff is huge with the average cord cutter saving $1,200 a year. Over 30 years that will add up to $36,000 in savings. So every time you may be frustrated learning the way cord cutting works just remember the $1,200 you could save this year. So hang in there spend some time to get use to the new menus and services. The pay off will be huge when it is all over.

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