How to Cut the Cord

Cord Cutting 2019, the definitive guide is updated regularly to help you replace your pricey cable TV or satellite TV subscription with streaming services. You’ll also learn the latest techniques for getting a fairly priced Internet connection

The Cord Cutting Report has updated product reviews, and tips on choosing the right products in the cord cutting realm. 

Below is a quick glossary to help you get around the site. Even if you’re not a cord cutter, you can find something on the site that’s helpful or useful.

Reviews: If you’re trying to figure out which Roku model to get, or how well a live streaming platform like PlayStation Vue works on Amazon Fire TV, then this is where you want to be. 

Antenna Guide: (a.k.a. How to Choose the Best Antenna & DVR): This guide that gives you some tips on figuring out where you can find broadcast towers near your home that transmit over-the-air (OTA) signals for major networks like NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC and PBS. I also have a few things to say about indoor and outdoor antennas. 

Internet Without Cable: Cord cutters or people looking to just stream some Netflix without cable often ask how to get a better deal on just an Internet subscription. I’ll show you how to either find other providers in your area, or how to negotiate a much better price than what you’re paying with some proven methods that I still use today. 

Streaming: If you’re looking for an individual network — whether it’s HGTV or A&E — there are a number of guides recommending the best streaming services that offer a particular network.

Best Apps for Streaming : If you’re wondering how to get the best news apps, or what TV Everywhere apps work with your live streaming subscription, here’s where you’ll find all that out. 

Live Streaming TV: Comprehensive guides on streaming platforms like Sling TV, fuboTV and PlayStation Vue are updated regularly. There’s also comparison guides like Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: the definitive guide. 

Uncommon Knowledge: Did you know that you can connect a TV remote to a PlayStation 3? No? Here you’ll find some useful tidbits that might make some of the tech around your house more useful than you first thought.

CCR YouTube Channel: Sometimes you really want to see what a product is like before you buy. I understand. I’m like that too. That’s why I set up a YouTube channel to share whatever I can about what I’m reviewing. Consider subscribing and sharing with a friend if you think I got the goods. 

Media Interviews: Cord Cutting Expert

If you’re a member of the media, please use the contact form to get in touch with me. I make an effort to be responsive to established media outlets and reporters on deadline.

RealClearLife recently interviewed me about how to find the best streaming service. You can also find another piece in Bottom Line.

Here’s a recent radio appearance. (No, that’s not me in the photo. That’s some creepy looking clip art.) 



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  1. ‘Cord-Cutting’ is a misnomer. The fact is that the same companies that provide satellite, cable and voice/tv services that you are ‘cord cutting’ from… are the monopolies that own internet access. Early on, the idea was that you would install a digital antenna to get all local channels free, and then come up with some way to easily distribute that to all of your devices. IE: Roku, HDHomerun etc. Once your family is used to 500 channels and internet content which is EVERY typical Comcast/AT&T or other customer, it is UNLIKELY that everyone is going to be satisfied with only local channels. When you cord cut, you end up building alternative content sources into your system. IE: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu etc. Truth is, your internet connection is the backbone of almost any entertainment system.

    ISP’s figured out this ‘cord cutting’ thing long ago. That is why they set LOW download maximums into their pricing models. If you have internet only from Comcast, AT&T or other ISP’s, you will pay $30-$45 per month additional for unlimited data plans. For a typical family of 4… with 3 to 4 TV’s, Roku’s, smartphones etc pulling content from the internet you will EASILY exceed the bandwidth maximums for internet only packages and you are forced to add unlimited data to your plan. Also, you must have high speed access to feed multiple devices in the household now that much of your video content is coming from the ‘net… so you are looking at a 10-12mbs plan at a minimum. The ISP’s know what they are doing and to think we are all ‘outsmarting’ them with a few gadgets or apps is nonsense.

    This is why they require big $$$ for unlimited when you ONLY have internet access… then if you bundle TV programming, you get the unlimited data included in many plans. They make internet only for those who stream a lot of content (cord cutters) cost so much that you are only saving $10-$20 a month by cutting TV packages. You dump your $120 per month high speed internet + TV subscription and end up with $50 for high speed internet + $40 for unlimited data + $12 Netflix etc etc. You are now at about the SAME monthly cost for as your cable TV+internet subscription. It may feel good to dump cable TV… I did it 15 years ago using TV tuner cards and Beyond TV with an antennal LONG before anyone heard of the term cord cutting… Feels good? Maybe. Cheaper? Very likely not. Everyone on these ‘cord cutter’ pages talk talk talk about the technology and individually praise the concept… But add up all of the hardware, the services, the subscriptions, the high speed internet and the unlimited charges and it’s all about the same. Where is that analysis??

    • I agree with you on a couple of things. Cord Cutting is becoming a misnomer. With live streaming services, people watching TV on smartphones and the growing use of TV Everywhere apps, what we are really talking about is New TV vs Old TV (cable/satellite). If you step away from what’s happening in TV, there’s a similar thing happening with media in general thanks to the Internet. There are people running podcasts out of their garage that have further reach than some well known newspapers or magazines.

      Getting a decent Internet connection at a fair price is still a hurdle for a lot of people. There’s no question that cable/ISP’s are using a lack of competition to their advantage to shore up revenue from the thousands of people dropping their cable packages for some kind of streaming/OTA option.
      According to FCC data from 2016, 51 percent of the U.S. has access to only one provider for high-speed Internet. ISP’s want to keep it this way, and they spend a lot of money with convincing our feeble-minded representatives in Congress to enact policies that discourages competition and local ISP providers. I think broadband expansion, wholesalers of DSL and 5G will force more competition eventually, but it won’t happen overnight. So the way I see it, it’s not a matter of outsmarting them, it’s just being smarter about what choices you can make right now.

      I have cost comparisons in my cord cutting guide, and in some of my reviews like the one for HDHomeRun. You’re right that the costs aren’t talked about enough, especially in the mainstream media. The assumption that the price for Internet is always a fixed price is rubbish. This was debunked during a 2016 Congressional investigation into cable/ISP pricing. You can find info about that here on the site.

      Is recouping your savings by buying your own equipment a long term play? Absolutely. Can cable provide me a better value over so-called cord cutting options? I don’t think so.

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