CUT THE CORD
What is cord-cutting exactly?
No need for scissors, you won’t actually be cutting anything. “Cutting the cord” means canceling a cable or satellite subscription in favor of getting TV over the internet from a streaming service like Netflix, YouTube TV, or several others. It’s an internet-based way to stream all your TV and movie entertainment.
Most streaming services let you tailor your channels according to your interests and preferences. You’re essentially paying for a la carte online programming that you want without all the “extra” channels the cable companies throw into your service to make you think you are getting more value. This can result in significant savings compared to what you are paying now.
Is it right for you?
The short answer is…YES! But you’ll need to think a little differently about how you’ve gotten TV in the past. The choices will depend a lot on what you like to watch. We can help you discover which combination of services works best for your viewing habits and budget.
No matter why you’re considering streaming instead of cable or satellite – content, convenience, or cost savings – you’ll need to find the right internet for cord cutters. Lucky for you, that’s what Intermax does best!
CORD CUTTING BASICS
There are two key decisions to make when you cut the cord: what services you want and what devices you need to have.
Choose your Services and Apps
The key to cord-cutting is being aware of what apps are available on your device of choice and what they’re going to cost. On-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are the most popular. Live TV streaming services like YouTube TV and Hulu Live have become serious competition for traditional cable service. There are tons of other apps to choose from which include plenty of free content.
Choose your Device
Cord-cutting lets you have many different ways to stream your favorite shows. If you own a smart TV, many streaming providers come pre-installed. You can also choose to use your phone or tablet. Gaming consoles such as a PlayStation, Xbox or Wii are also popular methods. Check out additional options below for streaming directly to your TV.
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A FEW COMMON CORD CUTTING MYTHS
Myth #1: I have to be techy to know how to cut the cord.
FACT: Cutting the cord is extremely easy. All you really need is good internet to get the channels you want. Some rural customers add an HD antenna as well. This way you can easily stream Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and other popular services right alongside all your favorite local channels. It’s super easy!
Myth #2: Cutting the cord won’t save me money.
FACT: The price you will pay per month for streaming services will almost always be less than what you pay today for cable or satellite. Minimal up-front costs can include some simple equipment in your house – and we can help you determine what you need. Considering all the money you will save monthly, you’ll come out ahead.
Myth #3: I won’t be able to watch local news and other local programming.
FACT: In the last few years, many new and simple ways have been developed to get you access to all your local TV stations so you can always keep up with the local news and your favorite network TV shows. We can help you with the many options for watching live TV over the air or streaming online.
Myth #4: I can’t watch live sports without cable.
FACT: For a long time this was the case, but now there are many easy ways you can watch sports without cable. Many services now carry ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, TBS, and truTV, which all play live sports events at various times. In addition, there are other options for streaming live sports, including:
- College sports conference channels
- NFL Network
- NBA League Pass
- MLB TV
- MLS Live
- And so many others…
There can be a lot to learn on this topic, so don’t just take our word for it.
These links show third-party, side-by-side comparisons of the top streaming options. They compare which options are compatible with different streaming devices, number of channels, DVR availability, and On-Demand availability.
The articles below show a more detailed description of the devices available to stream live content. They show what features are available on each device as well as prices and reviews.