Review Policy for The Cord Cutting Report


At The Cord Cutting Report, my mission is to provide readers with unbiased and trustworthy reviews of streaming devices, Wi-Fi routers, TV antennas, over-the-air DVRs, projectors, and streaming services. I take pride in my rigorous hands-on testing process, which ensures that my recommendations are based on real-world performance.

Testing Timeline

Most reviews take weeks and sometimes months before you read a word about a product or service. The same is true for any YouTube video that reviews a TV-related product or service.

Rigorous, Hands-On Testing

Every product reviewed on The Cord Cutting Report undergoes a comprehensive and rigorous testing process. I do not rely on aggregation of information from other reviews or third-party sources. Instead, I personally put each product through its paces to provide you with the most accurate and dependable information.

(photo credit: Jim Kimble / The Cord Cutting Report)

Documentation and Visual Evidence

Throughout the testing process, I meticulously document my experiences with the product. This documentation includes high-quality photographs and videos captured during the testing phase.

Some of these visuals may be featured on YouTube or Amazon product pages, providing you with a firsthand look at the product’s performance.

By adhering to this testing timeline, I ensure that every review on The Cord Cutting Report is based on my own direct experiences and observations, allowing you to make informed decisions with confidence. Your trust is of utmost importance to me.

Streaming Device Reviews

When reviewing streaming devices, I focus on several key aspects:

  • Performance: I assess the device’s speed, responsiveness, and overall user experience.
  • Content Accessibility: My evaluations include examining the range of apps and services available on the device, as well as the ease of navigation.
  • Compatibility: I test compatibility with various TVs and home theater setups around my home to ensure broad accessibility.
  • User Interface: The user interface’s intuitiveness and ease of use are crucial aspects I consider when reviewing streaming devices.

Wi-Fi Router Reviews

In evaluating Wi-Fi routers, I pay close attention to:

  • Speed and Range: I measure the router’s speed capabilities and its ability to provide consistent coverage throughout a home, yard or office space.
  • Security Features: I assess the router’s security features, including encryption protocols and firewall capabilities.
  • Ease of Setup: The simplicity of setup and configuration plays a significant role in my evaluations.
  • Additional Features: I consider any extra features such as parental controls, guest networks, and Quality of Service (QoS) settings.

TV Antenna Reviews

best indoor tv antenna
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In my TV antenna reviews, I examine:

  • Signal Reception: I evaluate the antenna’s ability to capture over-the-air signals in both urban and rural environments.
  • Build Quality: The construction and durability of the antenna are crucial factors for long-term performance.
  • Installation: I assess the ease of installation, including mounting options and included hardware.
  • Range and Coverage: The antenna’s range and coverage area are essential considerations. It’s a red flag if a company is exaggerating its claims about range.

Over-the-Air DVR Reviews

When reviewing over-the-air DVRs, I focus on:

  • Recording Capabilities: I examine the DVR’s ability to record and store content, including the number of simultaneous recordings it supports.
  • User Interface: The user interface’s intuitiveness and ease of scheduling recordings are critical aspects of my assessment.
  • Storage Capacity: I consider the DVR’s storage capacity and whether it allows for external storage expansion.
  • Playback and Streaming: I evaluate how well the DVR handles playback and streaming to various devices.

Projector Reviews

best portable projector
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My projector reviews take into account:

  • Image Quality: I assess image sharpness, color accuracy, and overall visual performance.
  • Brightness and Contrast: The projector’s brightness and contrast ratios are essential for various viewing environments.
  • Connectivity: I consider the range of input and output options, including HDMI, VGA, and audio ports.
  • Portability and Design: The projector’s portability and design features are taken into account for versatile usage.

Streaming Service Reviews

When evaluating streaming services, I consider:

  • Content Library: The variety and quality of content available on the service are crucial factors.
  • Streaming Quality: I assess streaming resolution, buffering, and compatibility with different devices.
  • Subscription Options: I explore subscription tiers, pricing, and the availability of free trials.
  • User Experience: The ease of navigation, recommendation algorithms, and app functionality play a significant role in my assessments.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Do I Ensure My Reviews Are Unbiased?

I am a veteran journalist who worked at award-winning newspapers for more than two decades before starting The Cord Cutting Report. My venue and subject matter has changed, but my training and ethical obligations are still intact.

I do not accept any sponsorships. I purchase most of the new products for product reviews. When a company sends me a product to review, I disclose it. It’s otherwise up to you to decide whether you trust me. You can read more about me, and FAQs about the website.

How Often Do I Update Reviews?

I regularly revisit and update my reviews to reflect changes in product performance, firmware updates, or new models on the market.

Do I Consider User Feedback in My Reviews?

Yes, I value user feedback and consider it when revising my reviews to provide a well-rounded assessment.

How Can You Request a Product Review?

You can suggest products for review by contacting me through my website or social media channels. Please keep in mind that I only review TV-related or home theater related products or services.

By following this review policy, I aim to provide my readers with accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information to help them make informed decisions about cord-cutting products and services. Your trust is my top priority.


Jim Kimble, Editor of The Cord Cutting Report