Yesterday, we took the final step in completing our cord cutting. We bought an Amplified HD Antenna. Call it laziness or whatever, but we just did not buy the antenna prior. I can say that over the air HD is awesome.
Cutting the Cord Hardware:
- Internet Connection (personally I like cable broadband of at least 60 down and 5 up)
- Roku/Chromecast aka Googlecast/Amazon Firestick/Android or iOS mobile Apps
- Amplified HD Antenna
On Android and Roku, there are apps to install so that you can enjoy viewing on the go and at home. Here are some of my suggestions:
- Netflix (subscription required)
- Pluto TV
- YouTube (I suggest that you subscribe to a Red account if you want to skip commercials and enjoy a more robust usage of Play Music as well.)
- Amazon Video (subscription required)
- Hulu (subscription optional)
If you are one of those persons that like the music channels offered by your cable or satellite company, you have options too.
- Play Music
- Amazon Music
- Player FM (podcast)
To remain a cord cutter, you have to be willing to do things a little differently than other people. You also have to be willing to be your own help desk most of the time. The most important thing to you is a robust Internet connection.
You can live without the Internet connection by just using a HD Antenna and Redbox, or a Netflix DVD subscription. Let’s be real, you’re really living far out if you’re at this choice.
Sidenote: Don’t rent your modem from the cable company. Buy your own and save money. Some of them are charging $7 per month to rent outdated equipment. That’s $84 a year. You can buy a great new modem for $60 or less. Most companies maintain a list of compatible models that you can ask them for. Ignore them trying to talk you out of saving money.
There is only one instance in which I think you should rent your modem. If you live in an area frequented by severe electrical storms, then yes, rent. The free replacements will more than cover the extra charges per month.