You are "locked and cocked" or a less threatening "ready for spaghetti" and the moment of truth has arrived. It's time to cut the cord. If you grew up in an internet world this may seem like no big deal. But for a lot of us, this can be kinda stressing. You have the internet in your home, your Wi-Fi is cooking, and your TVs are ready. So, what's the holdup? Let's get into it and actually cut the cord.

Let's Get Up to Date

10 years ago, there was no "cutting-the-cord" option on the table. It was Cable TV, Broadcast TV, and Satellite TV, that's it.

In 2009, the US Television broadcast standards went from analog (big fat TVs) to digital (modern slim screens). And streaming TV emerged as a reality.

Five years ago, dumping a $125 per month cable service for a $10 or $15 per month streaming service was a no-brainer.

Not so black and white today. The Cable TV costs have not only remained the same but in a lot of cases, gone up even higher. The streaming services are now offering a ton of channels and a ton of price increases to go along with the increase in channels. It's not hard to end up paying more for streaming services than for cable TV.

Today, cutting-the-cord has become a tricky path. What makes sense yesterday is obsolete today and today's offerings will change next week.

That doesn't mean cutting-the-cord is a waste of time, it just means that you will need to really get engaged (work harder) to be successful.

Introduction

Now you are ready to get down to business. There are timing issues here. You can't cook dinner unless you have the ingredients and if you don't have all the ingredients you need to go to the store first. There is a sequence of events that you should follow. This step is about the sequence of events.

😎 WordCutter: If you have landed here on this page without going through the previous steps because you are eager to get started, that's OK. Here's what you missed. We inventoried what we already have. Then we made a wish list of what we want. Then we compared the two lists and created an action plan. We know what services, devices, content and other parts and pieces we will end up with. If you are unsure of any of these things you may have some hiccups going forward.

Local Broadcast TV

If you have decided to use a rooftop or indoor antenna as the signal source for your local broadcast TV (Step 3) now is the time to make sure everything is in place. Check all your TVs and take the time to click through all the channels and make sure that everything is good. Don't forget to check your PC if you want these local channels available on your computer.

If you have decided to skip using an antenna and use a streaming media service to get these local channels, move forward to the next section.

Internet

You have already chosen your internet source, your Cable TV provider, your telephone DSL internet, or a satellite internet service (Step 4). If you are making a change, like switching from your Cable TV provider to your telephone DSL line. now is the time to do so.

Call your new internet provider and schedule the installation. After the new service is activated, call your old provider (Cable TV in this example) and disconnect the service.

Verify that the new service is working with the installer who installed the service. Make sure that everything is ready for your home network.

Home Network

Connect your internet service to your home network as described earlier in (Step 5.) Check your TVs and PCs to verify everything is internet-ready and operational. If you are going to be depending upon a streaming service for your movies and TV shows, you must have the internet available before you cut off your Cable TV service.

Streaming Media Device

If you have decided to make your dumb TV smart enough to stream services, you must have your streaming media device up and operating at this point. This is all outlined in (Step 6.) If you do not need a streaming media device, move on to the next section.

Streaming Media Service

Now is the time to activate or subscribe to the streaming media services which you selected earlier in (Step 7.)

There is a lot of new stuff here. You need to familiarize yourself with the streaming media device, the remote, and the features and you need to get up to speed with the streaming media services which you have selected.

Don't forget to teach everybody in the house how all this stuff works. It can be very frustrating to the others who are using your media if they don't have any idea how it all works.

If you are replacing your old Cable TV service with your new streaming media services, no is the time to call up the Cable TV company and disconnect the services you no longer need. If you are still depending upon your Cable TV provider for the internet, make sure they do not disconnect the internet along with the video service.

Conclusion

Picture quality alone is enough for me to cut the cord. The cost savings are great, but the low picture quality of today's compressed cable TV offerings is the big deal.

 

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ACTION ITEM: Quick Review of What You Have Now!

  • Call your Cable TV company and tell them you are thinking about cutting-the-cord, and you want to know what they can offer to make you change your mind. (You may be surprised.)
  • Check with your family members and make sure you know all their favorite programs. Don't just surprise them.
  • Review your internet speed and capacity for streaming compatibility.

    And finally, don't overthink it. Just do it.