I deal with a very diverse buffet of client issues over the course of a month: residential consumer concerns, small business, non-profit, Mac, Windows, iPhone, (some) Android, buying and setting up new equipment, overhauling old computers (software + hardware), teaching clients new skills, helping organize one’s digital life, and so on. One topic of great client interest lately has been CORD CUTTING. When appropriate, I have become a big proponent of it. In a brief session, 1 to 2 hours usually, I can help WILLING clients (usually they approach me) gain a lot of peace of mind and major savings by cutting out traditional pay TV and moving to a streaming or free (yes free) strategy.
Over this week and next, I am going to share with you about cord cutting. Even if you think you would never cut back on your cable / satellite pay TV services, I think you will learn something over these next 2 updates. You may develop an interest in trying streaming video because you are probably an Amazon Prime member. Your eyes may be opened to the power of the internet connection. Finally, you may find these e-mails valuable for a friend or family member.
There may be some different definitions of this concept out there, but for me it boils down to 3 possibilities.
A. Cutting traditional pay TV services entirely and switching to a streaming, channel based live-TV replacement
B. Cutting back on traditional pay TV services and augmenting with a streaming video service like Amazon Prime or Netflix
C. Cutting traditional pay TV services and relying on free over the air TV for local networks (and possibly adding Prime or Netflix too)
*Let me just stop right there and say, if all you care about is local channels like ABC, CBS, local FOX, PBS, etc — there is a good chance you can pick up 10-15 free channels in the Hartford area with a simple indoor antenna. To boot, as long as you get a good signal, the picture will be BETTER than you would get from cable for those local channels.
Channel Based Live TV Streaming Services
There are about services that come to mind: Hulu TV, You Tube TV (a real TV service, not the same as regular You Tube videos), Sling TV, Sony VUE, and Direct TV now. The cost is about $40 a month. Dozens of channels are included, even locals, and sports. Premium channels like HBO and Showtime can be added for an extra charge.
Real Life Examples
The clients I have worked with have all canceled their cable / satellite TV service. A good internet package was maintained (either with the phone or cable company). They may or may not have kept home phone service. While sort of a separate topic, if home phone is of little importance to you but you want to keep the number, I can get you on a $40 a year (not month, year) plan. All clients are over 70 and in some cases over 80 years old. They chose Hulu TV (but you should choose You Tube TV if you want the Red Sox channel). They get their local stations included for $40 a month.
Become A Streamer
After getting this intro, you may be in this camp: I don’t want to change my TV package but I want to watch Amazon Prime Video and or Netflix on the TV. Great I can help with that too.
Next Week: Cord Cutting Part 2
I will incorporate topics such as — How Much Speed Do You Need?, equipment required, and your questions. Please ask so that I can make this as complete as possible.
If you are ready, my “scissors” are ready. Let’s cut.