I was recently asked what my personal at home setup is for cord cutting. That is no short answer, so I thought I would put down in writing what I use in my house.
Keep in mind that I own more than 30 cord cutting devices: every Roku sold since 2011, every Fire TV/Fire Stick ever made, both first and second generation Nvidia Shields, Apple TV 4th Gen, and probably 50 android-based streaming players. Add in over a dozen antennas and other peripherals etc.
What do I use at home when not working? The list follows…
I moved last year to a place where an indoor antenna is not a bad option. I still have my 4V antenna from Antenna Direct but I currently have two indoor antennas I really like: The Mohu Curve and the Terk Trinity Xtend
Remember: Antennas are not one-size-fits-all, so buy the antenna that is right for where you live.
A DVR for over-the-air TV is an awesome cord cutting tool that too many overlook. I ended up going with the Tablo DVR for two reasons. First I love the ability to have one DVR that all my TVs can access in my house without the need to buy a second device. I also love the ability to access my DVR when I travel.
I almost went with the Channel Master DVR but the two reasons listed above pushed me to the Tablo. Both DVRs are great, and the Channel Master does have its benefits.
In my house every day I use two types of streaming players: The Fire TV and Roku players. The device I use first most often is the Roku. Why Roku first? Well several reasons. First it is so simple to use my 4-year-old daughter can watch what she wants when she wants it.
I also really like my TCL Roku TVs so much that I have two of them—one in the living room and one in my bedroom. I also have a Roku 3 in the kids room and a Roku Stick for travel. The only reason I go to the Fire TV is to watch the Twitter app for “Thursday Night Football.”
I really like the huge library of Roku channels and, more importantly, streaming stores to pick from, but in the end I love how easy the Roku is to use. My parents can use it, and my 4-year-old daughter can use it.
I do have to tip my hat to the Nvidia Shield. If I still had time to game it would be my number 1 streaming player because it is by far the fastest streaming player I have ever tested.
Other Cord Cutting Tools
The Sideclick is a tool that I have loved from the first day I got it. It is a universal remote that clips onto your streaming player remote. I love the fact that I can use the default Roku remote but also control my TV from one remote.
I also love the idea of mounting my Roku behind the TV to hide the Roku. This Roku mount makes it easy to hide the Roku, making the living room look clean.
Finally with all these devices I need more HDMI ports. I use the Kinivo K500 5 port high speed 4K switcher. It works well and makes it easy to have all my devices connected to one TV.
So that is my setup, but you need to do what is right for you. All of the devices out there offer something for someone.
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