Cord cutting can be slightly intimidating at first for new cord cutters. You go from watching TV the same way for 30 or more years and now you need to learn a new way to do the same old thing. The good news is cord cutting does not need to be scary or intimidating at all.
When you figure it out, you will realize that not only are you saving money but your TV watching is also easier than ever. So here are four tips I have found helpful after I ditched cable TV.
#1 Don’t rush into it.
Taking cord cutting slowly can help you avoid overpaying and make it less stressful. So long before you call to cancel your cable TV make sure to set up everything—from your antenna to streaming players. Test out different streaming services before canceling pay TV.
This way when you cancel your pay-TV provider you are not rushing out to buy any antenna in hopes of watching your favorite show tonight. Taking the time to be prepared will ensure that when you cancel cable TV you are set for your life as a cord cutter.
#2 Don’t be afraid to switch streaming services.
The great thing about cord cutting is the ability to dump and pick up streaming services at will. Have HBO, but your favorite shows are over for the year? Why not dump HBO and pick up Showtime for a month to watch its back catalog?
Do you use Sling TV just for the “Walking Dead”? Why not cancel it until the season starts up again?
Are your favorite shows on Hulu over for a few months? Just put Hulu on hold. This little trick will give you a ton of content and keep your costs low.
#3 Rescan for channels with your OTA antenna.
Did you know in 2017 several new over the air TV networks launched? I recently rescanned with my Tablo DVR and found out we had two new OTA networks. One of them is a new sci-fi network with a ton of great content!
If it has even been just a few months you should rescan to see if you have any new channels. You may be surprised what you find.
#4 Look for shows not networks.
Often people get caught up on the idea that they want to find the network online. Do you really want that network or the shows on that network?
Start thinking about shows rather than networks. Services such as Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix are the new “networks” of cord cutting. Many of the shows you want are available through these services, and the official FOX Roku Channel blocks you if you are not a cable subscriber.
These are just a few tips, but they should help you take a big step to break free from cable TV. Cord cutting is amazing once you get used to it, so do not lose hope early if you run into a road block.
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