Options for online streaming of movies and shows has grown exponentially. With these options growing in number and decreasing cost, it has led to quite a lot of people cutting the cord. Cord cutting refers to the process of cutting expensive cable connections in order to change to a low-cost subscription service.
The idea of streaming entertainment once seemed like a concept that wouldn’t gain much traction. It was predicted that there would be some traction for these services and that some would leave their cable companies for the option of streaming, but the amount that have ditched the cable entirely has exceeded those predictions by large margins. The result is a drastic fall in stocks for cable companies.
If you are looking to save some money on your monthly expenses, this may be something to look in to. Do your homework first. There are pros and cons to ditching the cable and switching to a streaming service. If you are completely new to streaming services, it would be a good idea to give it a test run for a week or two or even a month before deciding to cut the cord.
Another thing to consider if you want to cut the cord is that some cable companies have you under a contract. If you are, this is something to consider as there may be a large penalty for leaving their services. Also know that these companies make it difficult for you to leave so you may have to spend some extra time on the phone getting then to let you off the hook.
Tips for cutting the cord
- Check your current cable contract – if you are under contract and need to leave that company, there may be a penalty.
- Pick the best streaming player for your needs – streaming players are a dime a dozen all possessing their own pros and cons. Make sure you read reviews and specs to see what device will best serve you.
- Check your smart TV – Many smart TV’s offer streaming services. If you have a smart TV this is a good place to start.
- Subscribe – There are quite a few options out there for streaming services. Netflix and Amazon Video have immense libraries for movies and shows alike. They are also producing their own content which gives you more options.
Even though this is where most people are headed currently doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best move for you. Take some time to figure out what your viewing needs are and if the options currently available are what you are after. Many people do choose to keep their cable and supplement with a streaming service as well. The options are endless!