The Cord Cutting Report has comprehensive product reviews, tech news and how-to guides.
The purpose of the site is to take the hassle out of picking the right tech hardware and digital services to replace pricey cable, satellite TV and Internet packages.
You can find recommendations for streaming devices, WiFi routers, TV antennas, DVRs, portable projectors and a growing number of streaming services. The recommendations are based on my own rigorous process of hands-on testing.
I launched the site in March 2016 after more than two decades as a journalist. During my 22 years as a reporter, I was a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.
The CCR site and its YouTube channel are regularly featured on Google News and Google Discover. You can add The Cord Cutting Report on Google News to your personalized feed to get the latest reviews and tech news stories.
Q: What do you mean when you say that this site is reader-supported?
A: Glad you asked. Just like other respectable review publications like the Wirecutter, I use affiliate relationships to fund my work. That means when you click on a link here that takes you to a site such as Amazon or Hulu, there’s a chance that I may earn a small commission at no cost to you.
With affiliate commissions, I’m able to provide rigorous testing of products and services so you don’t have to burn a lot of time figuring out what streaming service or product will be a good fit for your household.
The site also uses Google AdSense for advertising on the website and the CCR’s YouTube channel. I don’t use any pop-up ads or clickbait-style articles as a source of revenue.
Q: Are you an influencer? Why should I trust you?
A: I’m an independent creator and tech journalist. It’s up to you whether you trust me. But I’m doing my best to disclose how this site is able to stay in operation. You don’t need to work for your local newspaper, or even a big online publication, to be an independent creator and tech journalist with ethics.
In the last dozen years, independent creators and online journalists have flipped traditional media on its head.
Whether it’s a neighborhood blogger reporting on the city council meeting or the Joe Rogan podcast, individuals can start up publications, a YouTube channel or podcast and make a better living than working for a traditional media organization such as a newspaper.
My venue has changed, but my training and ethics I learned in the world of “old media” has not.
Q: Are brands and companies paying or compensating you to write reviews?
A: No. Brands and companies do not pay for the editorial direction nor do they have any say over this site whatsoever. And they don’t get to see anything I publish ahead of time. They get to read a review when it’s published — just like my readers or viewers on YouTube.
The companies I choose to work with take the editorial process of independently-owned publications seriously. They understand that when they send me a product to review (even if they don’t want it back), it doesn’t get them a favorable review or better coverage.
The really great companies take in criticism and find ways to improve the product. When that happens, it’s a really satisfying experience because I’m helping the consumer and the company with my honest testing and analysis.
I do turn down a number of offers from companies that ask me to review a product. My reasons usually fall into one of two categories — either I don’t think the product will be a good fit for my audience, or what I’m being presented with doesn’t appear to be of high quality.
Q: Do you accept sponsorships, or sponsored content?
A: Any sponsored content on the site or YouTube channel is prominenty disclosed. I only accept sponsorship opportunities from companies where I have experience with their product or service, and feel comfortable with recommending it to others. But sponsored content is seldom. I have been averaging about one or two sponsorships a year. I have turned down a number of companies that want sponsored content or advertising on this site, and I expect that to continue.
Q: Do any of your commissions influence your picks?
A: No. When someone has a choice of streaming services, I usually direct them to the cheapest service available. So if you just want a way to watch AMC without cable so you can see the new season of The Walking Dead, I recommend going for the cheapest option. There may be an exception to this rule. When that happens, I’ll explain why.
I regularly highlight other options from services that I have used as a customer on and off over the years so you can make an informed decision.
I also advocate for using free over-the-air TV whenever possible.
Q: Is my information being sold or collected when I visit the site?
Who reads this stuff, anyway?
A number of publications have interviewed me to provide tips and advice to consumers interested in cutting the cord, and adjusting to this new era of streaming that we are in.
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