Cutting cable isn’t an easy decision. This is something our family debated for years before we finally pulled the plug 4 months ago. We couldn’t be happier with our decision especially when the cable bill is only $60 dollars a month for internet vs. $220 we were spending! Ultimately we are saving over $80 dollars a month by cutting cable and here is how we made the decision.
We are a family of 3 that loves Sports, Cartoons and Entertainment Shows. We had to have a wide variety of channels to support each of our needs and of course Disney Channel for our son so we were able to have our coffee in the mornings!
Mom’s Needs – HGTV, Bravo, ABC
Dad’s Needs – Velicoty, Tru, CN, ESPN, FoxNews
Children’s Needs – DisneyJR, Nick, CN
Here’s how we did it.
Internet speed – Every cable company wants to suggest the highest streaming offering they have. What we have found in a 1400 sq ft one story home is that you don’t need the fastest. You can test this by bumping up your speed a little or investing in a wifi extender if you have 2 stories or multiple bedrooms.
SmartTV or Internet player – We have a SmartTV and an “un-smart” TV. Unfortunately the SmartTV didn’t have all of the downloads available to run what we wanted so we opted to get an Amazon Fire Stick for each TV. We chose the Amazon Fire Stick because you are also able to jailbreak it and install Kodi which has applications we use for new movies (Exodus) and live sports (Sports Devil). If you haven’t heard of Kodi, be sure to Google it and read the awesome benefits.
Internet Streaming TV – The two options we tested were SlingTV and DirectTV Now. Both offer trials and I suggest trying them prior to cutting your cable so you can make the best decision for yourself. We ultimately ended up with DirectTV Now and this is why;
SlingTV – The interface was difficult for us to understand with Orange and Blue Channels and the number of streams you could have for each. If you opt for SlingTV the prices are slightly higher and it does take a bit of an adjustment but the buffering and technology is already expanded and supported.
DirectTV Now – This interface is much like your current cable and can stream up to 2 devices at a time (I haven’t tried more than this). We have FoxNews available on this whereas SlingTV only had CNN. I do have the local news in the mornings through ABC which has been great! For DirectTV now we have a $35 dollar bundle with all of our channels and we added on $5 a month for HBO during the Game of Thrones season!
Additional Streaming – There are a lot of additional subscription and non subscription based streaming options available;
Netflix – We also have Netflix in our house. We have found that a majority of the movies our son likes as well as shows are available as well as tons of shows that we binge watch ourselves before bed.
Hulu – We did have Hulu in the past. This was great for an extended offering for On Demand however right now it doesn’t make sense for us with our schedules and the current options we currently have with Netflix, Amazon Prime Movies, DirectTV Now and YouTube.
YouTube – This has become one of our favorite applications for streaming in the last month. We have found so many episodes of Sesame Street and Learning shows for our son to watch its been amazing!
HD Antenna – We did just purchase a HD Antenna and extended cord for the sports season. Although this is currently available using Sports Devil we didn’t want to take that chance being avid Basketball and Football fans.
The savings from this has been great. I always felt so discouraged when it was time to pay the cable bill thinking to myself this is ridiculous. I personally struggled with the thought of it and always told myself I could go back. Here are 4 months later and couldn’t be happier with our decision!
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