What is cord-cutting?
Learn more about how to cut the cable cord! In this article, we'll help you figure out how to get rid of cable and join the online TV streaming revolution.
Do you love cable TV shows but hate the high price of your cable bill? Sounds like a case for cord-cutting. The term refers to the practice of “cutting” yourself loose from expensive cable subscriptions and replacing them with low-cost, online TV subscription services.
Cutting the cord means giving yourself the freedom that long-term contracts and fixed service lineups won’t. You can build your own bundle of streaming services, change your mind at any time, and get away from that feeling of being stuck as a powerless consumer.
It can feel like a big leap, but don’t be intimidated. Before learning more about how to cut the cord, check out the next section to see all of the key points that will help you decide if you’re a good candidate for cord-cutting.
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Should I cut the cord?
If you’re thinking of cutting the cord, here are a few questions to consider to make sure that it’s the right choice for you.
● Do you have internet service at home?
Because streaming services rely on the internet instead of a hard-wired cable box or satellite dish, having a reliable home internet connection is crucial. It’s recommended to have a constant internet speed of 25 Mbps or more if you’re planning on using the internet on multiple devices at the same time. You can use this tool to check your internet speed.
● Do you currently pay $50 or more per month on cable?
If your cable service costs you less than $50/month, you might be a wizard – the average cable contract costs more than $100/month, and that price is rising. Live TV streaming services like SLING can get you watching the shows you love for as little as $35/month and leave plenty of room in your budget for other streaming services, too.
● Do you already subscribe to other streaming services (like Netflix or Amazon Prime)?
Speaking of other streaming services, if you watch on-demand content with services like Netflix then chances are you’re already primed for cutting the cord. You probably already have home internet, at least one streaming device and are comfortable with using apps to manage your streaming. Plus, by cutting the cord and swapping your cable subscription for your favorite streaming services, you can significantly lower your monthly costs without sacrificing your favorite shows.
● Do you want more control over what channels you pay for?
When you cut the cord and switch to a live TV streaming service, you can choose from channel bundles that are much less bloated than what cable offers you. Sling has two sleek base services, SLING Orange and SLING Blue, which give you a solid foundation of channels. You can then add or drop small channel bundles and a la carte options to build yourself a lineup that includes more of what you actually watch and less of what you don’t.
● Do you watch any foreign language content or premium channels?
Instead of having to cross your fingers that your preferred premium channels are included in your cable lineup, cutting the cord means you can easily sign up for the premium channels that you want or add them to your streaming service. It also frees up some space in your budget to explore the many international streaming services that let you watch foreign language content. SLING has a diverse library of foreign channels you can add that will mimic cable by keeping all of your channel options in one place.
If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, then cutting the cord could be the right call for you!
How to cut the cord
Now that you’ve looked over the most important factors that influence your decision to cut the cord, it’s time to talk logistics so you can cut the cord with confidence!
Want to learn more about cutting the cord?
Do you have more questions about SLING or how cutting the cord works? Slingucation wants to answer them all! Here are some more topics to check out:
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