Hello French Fries,
I’m experimenting with different post formats, so today I’m going to give you a couple reasons as to why you should cut your cords and ditch cable and landline phones.
1.) Your wallet will thank you
You do not need me to tell you that cable is expensive. When I moved to my new home about 6 months ago, Comcast was refusing to hook anybody up for internet in my area without purchasing cable subscriptions as well. I pay $69.99/mo for maybe 20 cable channels and Comcast threw in HBO as a sweetener. Rest assured, when the contract is up, I’m not renewing. I’d have to pay extra for on-demand or live-streaming with my account from a computer which is fiscally irresponsible and requires a time commitment to be worth while, which I cannot afford. Why pay a base of seventy dollars a month and then some when I can get Netflix for $8 a month, HBO on Demand for $15/month, throw in Amazon Prime which I already have for shopping purposes at $11/month and I’m still paying less than half of what I would for basic cable at $34/month. Over the course of a year, the $36/month I’d be saving would be nearly half a grand. It just makes financial sense, and that’s a lot of money I could put to better use. If I really were desperate to watch a sports or television show I couldn’t get without cable, there are some sketchy and probably illegal websites I could find. However, in a tech world where everything costs money and comes at a premium, your wallet will be much weightier if you cut the cable.
2.) Prevent redundancy
I do not have a landline phone. My ‘Home’ phone is my cell phone. I’ve not had a landline phone since I left home for college over a decade ago. I pay $60/month for my AT&T mobile phone plan, which includes generous data usage. I have an iPhone 8 which I can screen the calls I receive. If I don’t recognize the number, or it says unknown, I just let it go to voicemail. Some landline phones will not tell you who’s calling. By consolidating all of my calls to my mobile phone, I do not pay for a home phone and line connection, which normally costs on average around $30/month. By keeping everything to one number, it’s quite simple and uncomplicated. I will not need to keep track of two numbers, or wait at home for an expected call. Besides, that’s a further $360/year I save on not having a second and redundant line.
3.) You can still get live television
Many of you, like myself, may be too young to remember a time before cable television became the norm. However, if you are a bit more seasoned, you may know that TV’s used to come with antennas. Well, television is still broadcast over the airwaves, and in HD. If you invest in an antenna TV, you can still get a decent number of channels, in good quality, for free. As of this week, the FCC has required a standard of broadcasting called ATSC 3.0, which is high definition and high quality. There are several different options available, so you will want to research what the reception quality is like in your area and what type of antenna best suits your needs, but if you do decide to cut the cord, you won’t necessarily be cutting yourself off from live programming.
4.) Video streaming services are starting to include live content.
Early in December, I was able to watch the Thursday Night Football game between my favored Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Ain’ts live through Amazon Prime. The largest regret that is voiced by those who cut the cord is they no longer have access to live sports programming. While the consumer financially benefits from cutting the cord, so do streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu. They are trying to gain more customers, and cord cutters are one of their key demographics, so what better way to remove the hurdle of regret than bid for rights to broadcast the sporting events their consumers care for and love? That’s just what they are doing; these services are looking to become the ABC’s, NBC’s and Fox’s of the future, so they are starting to compete with these companies at a level that’s leaving traditional broadcasters behind.
5.) Once you break your cable reliance, there are so many options that are much cheaper
Cutting the cord does not mean losing complete access to live programming and your favorite channels. While antenna’s only get some of the basic and common channels in the lower number ranges, there are many competing over-the-internet options that include the same channel packages that cable includes, and at a lesser price. Sling TV has packages starting at $20/month where you can pick which channels you want a-la-cart and not pay for the ones you don’t want which is much more reasonable than cable. YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu have more traditional cable-like television channel packages starting at around 35$/month for YouTube TV and DirecTV Now while Hulu starts at 40$/month (but with a few more basic channel options). If you own a Playstation, Playstation Vue serves the same purpose for 40$/month, while their elite package is the most affordable of all these options at 54$/month. All of these services do not require an annual contract, you can quit and end the service any time you like (unlike cable). They also offer significantly more channels than my $70/month basic cable subscription offers, so if you are considering cutting the cord, I hope these options and tips will enable you to take the leap of faith.
Tech Tip of the Day: Don’t you find it completely annoying when you accidentally close an internet tab that you wish you hadn’t? Well, there’s a solution to that! In most web browsers if you hit Ctl (cmd in mac) + shift + t, the most recently closed tab will reopen, and every subsequent time you hit ctl+shift+t, you will keep opening tabs you previously closed before the ones that were already reopened. Just like that! So simple and easy. Great trick to know.
Well folks, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Until next time…
…the ketchup is in the sauce.