These days, the hottest way to watch TV and movies at home is by way of streaming them. Long gone are the days of antennas, cable boxes, and cable cords running along the walls and under the carpet streaming is now the 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. Their reasoning is that they don’t want to lose their favorite channels and miss their favorite TV shows but what they don’t realize is that they will still have access to all the shows they love plus, have access to new shows they didn’t even know about!
Ditching cable not only is 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… when you stream your television, you can watch exactly what you want to watch without paying for anything you don’t.
Now, in order to ditch cable, there are a few steps you need to take in order to fully enjoy your streaming services. Read on to find out how to completely ditch cable and get the most out of entertainment through streaming.
Make Sure Your Internet is “Up to Speed”
In order to enjoy television by way of the internet, you’re going to have to make sure you have an internet speed that can keep up with the lifestyle that comes with streaming that means that if you want to have an enjoyable television and movie experience, your network is detrimental to that experience. Consumerreports.com even confirms 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 you’re needing a faster speed because 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.
The only thing that comes with a streaming TV that can be extremely frustrating is the buffering aspect. If your internet speed isn’t fast enough, it can interrupt your movies and TV shows. It can be so frustrating for some that it can and has made people consider going back to cable.
Although cable doesn’t have buffering interruptions, it does have a hefty bill and you don’t want to go back to that. The solution to that problem is to make sure you have the right internet speed to match your streaming lifestyle.
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. To add to that, one of the newest additions to the streaming world is the free streaming service called Freedive by IMDB. The service is looking to add mobile applications in the future.
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 in the sense that it might feel a little awkward at first and maybe even frustrating but once you get used to it, it will feel like normal.
The main thing that’s satisfying about this experience 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.