Cord Cutting Guide for Beginners

Complete Our Checklist Before Making The Switch

Are you getting slammed with huge bills from your cable or satellite company? Are the ridiculous prices putting a burden on you? There is good news. Cutting the cord will not only save you money but you will find that you will get access to more content than you currently have.

Saving money is great but when it comes to cord cutting you should not rush into it. Making the switch from cable or satellite may not be for everyone. So before you jump on board make sure you understand what you are getting into.

By following our checklist you should be able to make the final decision if cord cutting is right for you and your family. We have broken down this checklist into the following categories.

  • Internet Connection
  • Streaming Devices
  • OTA TV
  • Free vs. Paid

Complete Checklist Breakdown

Internet

When you switch to streaming only you should expect an increase in data usage. The amount of data usage depends on several factors including the quality of the streams (SD/HD/4K) and how often you watch TV. With most internet companies you have a data limit. Going over this limit could result in extra fees from your ISP.

You should contact your ISP or access your online account to view your current data usage. If you are already using 300GB or more per month we highly suggest that you upgrade your plan to at least 500GB a month or more. Ideally, with streaming, you want unlimited data. Of course, by upgrading your service this is a cost that should be considered before making the switch.

Also, you need to take into consideration your download speeds. With advancements in today’s internet speeds, you should get the highest speeds you can afford. 100MBps download speeds is a great place to start. This gives you enough to stream from multiple devices at once. For accessing 4k content ideally, you would like to have 400MBps or more. This is simply our recommendation as you can get away with lower speeds. We only suggest the speeds above because we have found that with lower speeds you do not get the best streaming experience.

Streaming Devices

Aside from picking the right internet plan selecting the right streaming device will be your next biggest cost. There are tons of devices on the market so finding the right device should be thought out carefully. When selecting a streaming device you need to consider storage space, video quality, and costs.

Don’t rush picking out a streaming device. Take your time and research the devices. We recommend looking into the popular devices like the Amazon Fire TV 4k and Roku Devices. These are popular devices that work extremely well. They are also some of the cheapest devices you can get. We do not recommend getting an Apple TV as they are not cord cutter friendly devices.

OTA TV

You may be surprised to see that we are recommending that you get an OTA antenna for your TV. This should be considered the first step to cutting the cord. With an OTA antenna, you will get FREE access to local channels and more. Yes, it’s absolutely FREE!

By purchasing an antenna for your TV and running a TV scan you will see that you have many channels in your area that are absolutely free. What’s even better is that currently more channels are being made available. If you are currently using an OTA antenna you should consider running a channel scan to see if new channels are available in your area.

 
Although OTA TV will not be your main source for TV and movies you will gain access to popular channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. So spend a few extra bucks (less than $30) and purchase a decent antenna when you purchase your streaming device. You won’t regret it!

Free vs Paid

Lastly, when it comes to cord cutting you should consider which apps you will be using. There are tons of free apps that offer access to movies and TV shows for FREE. We have a huge selection of popular streaming apps here on our site. You can check out our install guides by clicking here.

When it comes to paid streaming apps we only recommend that you consider looking into paid IPTV. For a fraction of what you were paying for cable, you can now get access to LIVE TV for as little as $7 a month. $7 a month? YES! With an IPTV service like Area51 IPTV, you can get over 1,000 channels for only $7 a month.

There are other services out there like Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and more so take a look at those services to see if they are right for you. Most of them come with a free trial so be sure to check them out. Cord cutting is constantly changing so always be on the lookout for newer and better streaming apps. You can always check back here to see which services we recommend.

Final Thoughts

By taking the time to do your research you should have a good understanding if cutting the cord is right for you. Following our checklist, you should have a good understanding of what internet services you need and how you can get the best experience for the least amount of money. This may not be a complete guide but it is the perfect starting point for any person looking to cut the cord.

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