6 Things to Know Before Cord Cutting

Posted on Jun 9 2017 - 5:03pm by Isabella

Man relaxing with streaming tv

Cutting the cord on your cable subscription service is front and center of everyone’s minds. With the advent of more and more streaming services, is canceling cable really the best way to save money and still get the shows we binge on? As outlets like The New York Times point out, cutting the cord might not be as straightforward as you’d like to think.

Here are 6 things to consider before switching to streaming-only entertainment.

1) Your viewing habits WILL have to change

Streaming tv options

Most consumers report having to alter their viewing habits once they go cord-free. This is due to the fact that tailor-picking streaming services means you will have to miss out some. If you watch dozens of programs across a variety of channels, your family will have to decide which programs are must-haves, and which ones you’ll have to miss out on.

2) You might not actually save money

While many people switch because they believe they will be saving money, as the La Times recently reported, cutting the cord doesn’t necessarily mean cutting the cost. Subscription streaming services are inexpensive at face value, but can quickly add up. Hulu? $8.99/month. Want to watch sports? Add Sling for $14.99/month. Do you love British mysteries? Add Acorn, for $4.99/month.There are in fact, over 130 different streaming services that aim to cover all the broad tastes of viewers.   Consumers often spend just as much, if not more money on their shows.

3) You need reliable, fast internet to stream

Tv show buffering

Streaming video services need at least 5 to 10 megabits/second for uninterrupted streaming, and you’ll want an average speed of 15 to 20 Mbps to take care of pauses and buffering. If you have a data cap on your Internet service, streaming and downloading media can take a huge chunk out of that cap — and you may even end up having to pay more for internet service capable of handling the downloads.

4) Depending on your family size, streaming isn’t always available

The larger your family, the smaller the value from streaming services. Many services only allow one or two family members to watch at a time per account. This can be appealing for a smaller family, but for a household of 5, it’s an impractical hassle, especially if different family members want to watch different shows at the same time. Depending on the amount of TV’s in your house, it can be much cheaper to furnish each TV with its own cable box.

5) There are delays in live broadcast

man watching sports

Are you a huge fan of the Bachelorette? The PGA open? Streaming services often have delays. Lots of programming appears on streaming services the day after the television premiere, and even live sports events often have a 30-second delay. If you’re active on social media (or in the break room at the office!) consider if you’ll be okay having the results of that reality show or wrestling match talked about before you’ve had a chance to see it.

So which is better? Should you cut the cord, or stick with cable? Well, here’s a tip:

6)  Being willing to walk away is a great strategy for saving on your cable subscription services

If you’re considering cutting the cord, it’s a great opportunity to talk with your cable service provider and discuss your options. As reported at the San Diego Tribune, being willing to play hardball with your provider can have great results — and leave to impressive savings.

There are also free services like Utility Concierge that can do the bartering for you: making sure your cable company takes you and your business seriously.

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Octavio June 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    I guess the best option is to talk with my cable service provider and see if they have cheaper options for me instead of cutting the cord. Thanks for the advice.

  2. Gabrielle June 23, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I’ve been thinking about this for a while. There are shows on streaming that I want, but there are some favorites on cable that I can’t let go. It’s the cost too. I think cable is much cheaper in the long run.

  3. Rain Santos-Ocampo June 23, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    I cut my cord a long time ago and never regretted it. I do streaming now. Love it.

    Netflix and chill!

  4. Grecy Garcia June 24, 2017 at 5:36 am - Reply

    What is cutting the cord? I thought it is literally cutting it? I think if you have subscriptions like these you really need to have a faster internet connection as well, or it will be useless.

  5. Wilfred June 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    My kids have been urging me to cut my cable subscription in favor of Roku. I still have to research what channels that service offers but judging from what I read here, I may have dodged the bullet!

    Thanks for these useful info, Isabella!

  6. Bernie June 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Cable is expensive as hell these days. I have been serious thinking about chord cutting because it’s just no longer worth it to me. Heck, all I see is a ton of reruns anyway.

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