It is a beautiful Friday morning. You are almost done with the packing. ‘One more day till I go about exploring the charming streets of Paris’. You murmur under your breath, your excitement levels reaching the sky. Then all of a sudden, the doorbell rings and you rush to open the door, thinking your travel boots are here. However, to your surprise, standing on the porch is a man from your cable TV company. ‘Not again’, you babble while taking a deep breath.
The lengthy cable TV bill makes shivers run down your spine and your eyes seem to get hazy for a minute. Your travel excitement fades away. And you wonder if life is all about working, earning money, and then spending that hard-earned money on paying bills.
The scenario that we have sketched above is not an exaggeration. And most of you, must have experienced a similar feeling if you have been subscribed to a cable TV service. We are not saying that all cable TV companies are expensive and must be avoided. Some providers like Optimum do exist that try their best to be easy on your pockets. They design packages and plans in a way that is both reliable and cost-effective. Click on this link to view the packages being offered by Optimum, if you are adamant about keeping your cable TV service.
Nevertheless, if you have made up your mind and are ready to cut the cord, well you have come to the right place. This article will briefly discuss the 6 steps that will help you accomplish your mission. So grab a cup of hot chocolate and keep reading.
Analyze your cable TV bill
First things first. Properly assess your last month’s cable TV bill from your provider. Review it carefully and check to see if your provider has made you sign a contract. If you have signed one then see when the contract ends. In case you are lucky and are not locked in a contract, well move on to the next step.
However, if you have signed a contract, you should check to see if canceling cable would result in an early termination cost. This might seem a little intimidating,; however, there is nothing to worry about. You can easily check the rules and regulations listed on your cable TV bill. In case you are unable to find any relevant information in the bill, calling your cable provider would be a good idea.
Obtain Internet Service Quotes
For those who currently pay for internet service, cutting the cord makes the most sense because all live TV streaming services need a high-speed internet connection.
Remember to take into account these three variables when choosing an internet package to accommodate the requirements of live TV streaming:
- Download Speed
- Data Limits
Set a Budget for Streaming TV
As soon as you make up your mind to ditch cable TV, the next step must be to set a budget keeping in mind your limitations and pocket of course. You can deduct the price of an internet-only plan from your present cable TV as well as the internet package once you know how much an internet-only plan will cost. This will enable you to calculate the monthly savings you might realize by switching to streaming.
Some live TV streaming providers claim to cost around half as much as a cable TV service, although prices might vary. The more expensive streaming options provide a well-rounded channel lineup with the most viewed sports networks, regional broadcast TV, and other famous cable channels.
Purchase a Low-Cost Streaming Device
Live TV streaming services do not really require any equipment expenses however, you should keep in mind that you may be required to purchase a ‘streaming media’ device for your television.
A very relevant example, in this case, would be Roku, which blesses its streamers with countless solutions for an affordable price. Each device includes a remote that you can easily utilize to access your streaming services. Moreover, a systematic guide will appear on the screen as soon as you connect the Roku and switch on your TV.
Subscribe to a streaming platform
In the US there are more than 300 streaming services in operation. And You can sign up for any service you like. It is no longer wise to only use one streaming service, especially if you cut the cord. Instead, you should subscribe to multiple services if you want to expand your content library.
Cut the cord
Last but not least, cancel your cable TV subscription. To avoid any inconvenience, it is better to call the company and cancel while you are on the call. Calling in the morning or the afternoon would also speed up your cancelation process. We are saying this because you might be able to bargain with customer care on the phone to get your cable company’s internet-only plan for a lesser price.
In addition to this, make sure to return the rental equipment like a rented modem or router back to your cable provider as soon as you remove cable TV from your plan in order to avoid any additional charges.
Well, that’s it. Congratulations! You have successfully converted from cable TV to streaming.
We hope after reading the steps mentioned in the article, you would be able to make a better decision. Cutting the cord or not is totally up to you. Just carefully analyze your preferences and choose the service that meets your requirements.