Jumping off the S.S Cable: Part 2

Who can cut the cord?

I last discussed the pros and cons of cutting off cable, and examined briefly the benefits and cons of doing so. For those of you not deterred by the possible cons of cutting cable, I welcome you in this challenge and experience. But before we get to the how to part, I’ll be talking about who should consider cutting the cord, and who shouldn’t. The methods I’ll be discussing about how to cut cable are fairly technical, and are not for those who would call themselves technologically challenged, and generally, older consumers (not to say all elderly people are incapable of doing this). These people, if they still desire to cut the cord, can pursue less technically inclined routes, such as installing an antenna onto their TV, or can rely on family or friends who are more technically inclined to set up their system and maintain it. The method I’ll be showcasing also requires the ability to invest some money up front, and if you want to make your new entertainment setup fairly advanced, the cost will rise. Long term, it should still be cheaper than cable, but the upfront costs will be significantly higher. Reiterating though, cutting the cable cord is only expensive if you decide to take that route, not to deter any budget conscious cord-cutters.

Who should cut the cord?

Those who should cut the cord are those who are fed up with large cable bills, paying for a 1000 channels when they at best watch 6–10 of them on a regular basis. Those who should cut the cord are those looking for a way to streamline and upgrade their home entertainment experience. Those who should cut the cord are those looking for a challenge, and to learn something new, and make something awesome for themselves along the way.

Jumping off the S.S Cable

Cable TV is a gargantuan industry, and one that has a throne in American, (and many other) households around the world. However, despite its size, and its popularity, it plagues consumers with large bills, inflated bundles that contain content consumers don’t care about, and isn’t really friendly to our digital world. This post is the first in a series where I will explore how to, why to, and who can cut cable.

Why cut the cord?

Pros

Cable does have a lot to offer, with a seemingly endless stream of content to choose, however, that benefit also stands as cable’s biggest weakness. We’re all guilty of channel surfing, vegging out in front of the couch flipping endlessly through channels, finding at channel 29044 there’s still ‘nothing on’. Cutting the cord forces this habit to die, as the solutions I’ll be covering take your channel count down to something around 10–20 channels, depending on where you are and what coverage you can get. The lack of channel surfing also has another benefit, it’ll force you to do something else with that time, whether it be more productive, or healthier. Now while the aforementioned selection of channels may seem scarce, you’ll still have plenty of content to choose from. Cutting the cord also cuts of course, the bill. Cable alternatives cost a fraction of most cable bundles, and can be done without any monthly payments in some cases.

Cons

Cutting cable does have its cons, most free TV solutions require an antenna, which has downfalls, the most prominent of which is reception issues, either due to placement, or due to inclement weather. Another con of cable is that you either will have to change internet providers, or still pay your cable company for broadband internet access, and depending on the area in which you live, that may not be a choice. Lastly, cutting cable does mean it is a little trickier to get TV to show up on every TV in your home. Have no fear though, as a cable cutter myself, I’ve not found any of these issues to be deal-breaking in my own experience.

Conclusion

Cutting cable is a big deal, but it’s easier now than it ever has been before, and I’ll explore how to get it done in future installments, but for now, think over the pros and cons for yourself, and decide if cutting cable is something you really want to do. While you’re contemplating, please feel free to share this post with anyone who’s on the fence as well. The next installment will be out in a few days for when you decide to take the leap.