These days, the hottest way to watch TV and movies at home is by streaming. Long gone are the days of antennas, cable boxes, and cable cords running along the walls and under the carpet.
Streaming is now the new face of entertainment and the biggest aspect of this cord-cutting phenomenon. Everything is digital these days so what better time than now to ditch cable!
Now, although going digital is the way to be in this day and age, everyone isn’t so accepting of the cord-cutting phenomenon.
Ditching cable is not only great for entertainment but it’s also financially freeing! With cable, you’re paying anywhere from $75 to hundreds of dollars for cable packages with channels you don’t even watch.
Read on to find out how to completely ditch cable and get the most out of entertainment through streaming.
1. Make Sure Your Internet is “Up to Speed”
In order to enjoy television with the internet, make sure you have an internet speed that can keep up with the lifestyle that comes with streaming.
Consumerreports even confirm that if you’re going to stream your entertainment, your broadband needs to be able to handle it.
For the most part, 5Mbps will work if you’re utilizing video streaming services like Netflix… and that’s only if you’re streaming one show at a time.
5Mbps absolutely will not do if you’re a family who streams multiple shows and movies at a time. If your household engages in 4K ultra HD streaming content like Amazon, Youtube, and Hulu, then your internet speed will need to at least be 25Mbps.
2. Get a Streaming Device
Obtaining a streaming device is the main thing you need to enjoy your entertainment experience. There are actually all kinds of streaming devices out there that will allow you to install the best streaming apps and add-ons. Some of the best streaming apps and add-ons include:
- Netflix (price range: $10-$16 per month)
- Amazon Prime Video: (price range: $13 per month)
- Hulu: (price range: $12 per month)
- Sling TV: (price range: $25 per month)
As you can see, these apps and add-ons are very affordable and definitely worth ditching cable for! Even if you subscribed to all of those add-ons, it still wouldn’t amount to what you would pay with cable.
3. Get Adjusted to Your New Entertainment Experience
You may not realize it but getting rid of cable is a totally different experience. Some would even say that it’s the equivalent of a lifestyle change that you have to get adjusted to.
It might feel a little awkward at first and maybe even frustrating but once you get used to it, it will feel normal.
The main thing that’s satisfying is that you won’t be mindlessly looking through a “guide” or channel surfing. You can be very deliberate and specific about your entertainment choices.