How to Make Cord Cutting Less Scary (2017 Update)




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

Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating retired people cancelling cable TV serviceCord cutting can seem scary to new cord cutters. You have to buy new devices and sign up for new services and when you are used to cable it can understandably give many a cause to rethink what they are doing.

But there is no need to worry or be scared about cord cutting. From talking with thousands of new cord cutters I find these three tips to be the best way to remove a lot of the concern new cord cutters have.

#1 Don’t Rush Into It

The number one mistake people make when they cut the cord is rushing into it. When you rush into cord cutting you add a lot of unneeded stress to the process.

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 you can find in hopes of watching your favorite show tonight. A little preparation will ensure that when you cancel cable TV you are set for your life as a cord cutter.

#2 Don’t Focus on the Number of Channels

Often cord cutters can get sucked back into the idea that more channels is better. What you need to focus on is the shows you want. We suggest making a list of shows you must have and then looking for streaming services with these shows.

Want to see what service has your favorite channels? Check out our full breakdown of Sling TV vs. Hulu vs PlayStation Vue vs. DIRECTV NOW etc HERE.

#3 Only Subscribe When You Need That Service

Don’t worry about contracts. Unlike cable TV there are no year-long contracts. You can add or drop subscriptions whenever you want. If you only want a live TV service for sports only pay for it when your sport is on. Only want HBO for “Game of Thrones?” Only pay for HBO Now when “Game of Thrones” is on.

By only subscribing to services when you use them you can easily save $100s every year.

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