With the popularity of streaming media and the increase in availability there has never been a better time to cut the cord and join the TV streaming revolution. You now have more options then ever before for watching your must see TV shows without having to pay the never ending cycle of the rising cable or satellite TV bill. I can understand if you are reluctant to part ways with cable or satellite, but making a clean break and transitioning to the world of streaming can be easier that you may realize. It only takes a few minutes of thinking through what is truly important to you and then looking to see if it is available else where.
Make Your Own “Must-See TV” List:
Which shows do you watch every week? Do you have to see them live or can you wait a day or two or longer? Can you stand to watch non-HD shows and movies or is a must have on your list? These are just two of the important questions you should be asking yourself when making a list of your TV entertainment needs and wants.
Next make a list of all the shows you watch, and on which network they air on. Then make an asterisk next to the shows on that list you can’t live without. As there are several different shows over the course of the year on many different channels you may have a little trouble remembering them all. One suggestion is to keep a pen and paper next to the sofa for a few days and jot down what you like to watch as you remember it.
Once you have made your list it is time to check out your streaming options and see if those shows are available to watch online or through a streaming service. If they are not available you must decide if they are worth the cost of keeping your cable to watch them each week or if you can cut the cord and pocket the savings.
If after you have made your list you decide that streaming is the way to go you need to decide what equipment (if any) you need and what streaming media service you will want to purchase to watch your shows. Today you have may options for both. If you have an iPhone or an iPad you can easily use Apple TV to stream your content to any device including your TV. Do you have an Wii, PlayStation3 or how about an Xbox 360? Each one of those gaming systems have apps that allow you to watch the three major streaming services. If not there are other devices such as the Amazon TV Fire, Roku3 or even Boxee. Along with being able to watch movies and TV shows they also have some games although it is limited. An over-the-air (OTA) antenna ranges from $40 up to $160 depending on where you live and what your needs are. However, if your TV is five years old or less then you should already have one built in.
Can’t live without your Sports?
Don’t worry sports fans there are options available for you as well even after you cut the cord. Although you will have to pay for these, you would be doing so with cable as well.
There are several season pass options for live sporting events, I have listed a few of them for you here. Please keep in mind that prices do change over time so you will have to check on that yourself, but this does give you an idea of what is available.
NFL Sunday Ticket available through PS3 – $339.95
NBA League Pass Broadband – $169.00
MLB.TV Premium – $79.99
NHL GameCenter Live – $159.00
While there is not currently an a ‘la cart options for the ESPN channel but this can help those sports buffs get their fix during the season.
Read my next post in this series to learn more about your streaming options!
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