As a cord cutter, I get a lot of questions. Not surprisingly there are a lot of people interested in shaving a hundred dollars or more off their monthly budgets. That being said, I thought I’d share some of the most common ones:
Don’t you miss live TV?
The easy answer here is, no. Then again, most people I know don’t watch live TV. They are recording shows and watching them later anyway. So in the end, waiting until the next day when the show is featured via stream from a network site or Hulu Plus I’m essentially recording the show for later.
What kind of extra equipment did you need to purchase?
Well, I’m still shopping antennas, but a decision is coming soon. So aside from that, I didn’t really purchase anything, because I had everything I needed already. A wireless router, a laptop, and you’re pretty much on your way.
What was the hardest part about cutting the cord?
The hardest part I found was changing habits. The television was on constantly at my house, but nobody was actually watching it. It was background noise while other things happened, even book reading. So essentially, by removing the distraction everyone talks once in a while and actually shares ideas. Once you get around the mindset of flipping absently through a hundred channels or so just to verify nothing is on, it’s not that hard.
What do you do for sports?
I officially have no answer to this question. Like most cord cutters, we know sports is an issue. NFL with an antenna, and there are other options that require additional costs for streaming packages. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. ESPN and ESPN2 are available channels on SlingTV.
So your TV bill is zero?
No, not by any stretch of the imagination. SlingTV costs $20 per month. Hulu Plus and Netflix come in at $8 per month each. Some episodes get purchased via Amazon to the tune of about $10 per month. So in essence I pay less than $50 for TV.
Do you like it?
I like not paying $130 or more per month, and I don’t really miss having three shopping channels. Basically, I get to pay for what I want to watch, and that is very refreshing.
Can I do it?
Yes, you can. However, my process was a drawn out evaluation of what I needed to get. I prepared for a few months by researching. I asked my family questions, checked out viewing habits and made decisions from there.
So there you have it, a few of the more common questions involved in being a cord cutter. I’m sure the list will change over the next few months, but so far. Things are going pretty good in the post-cable world.