Have you cut the cord?

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Have you cut the cord?

I cancelled cable TV in 2005. The only service I buy is internet from Charter. $59.99 for a 64 Mbps connection which is faster than average but I’m a speed freak.

For 10 years I’ve used services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, along with dozens of other sites to watch shows online.

And I haven’t missed cable. Not once.

Now when I do watch cable at friends/family, I’m constantly annoyed at how long commercials last. You still get ads when watching shows online but they are WAY shorter than cable.

Almost all PCs/laptops have an HDMI output on them allowing you to hook your big screen TV up for 1080p viewing. Streaming sticks like Chromecast and Roku give you wireless options that can even remove the need for the PC.

If you haven’t cut the cable, now may be the time to start thinking about it.

Here’s a link that will run numbers to let you compare savings by cutting the cord –  Should You Cut the Cord?

And here’s another link that goes into cord cutting in more detail – Your Guide to Cable TV Cord-Cutting.