How I Cut the Cord – Living without Cable 3+ Years
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I’ve been off of cable for about 3-4 years now. I got tired of calling Comcast, trying to go barebones, cutting off almost all movie packages and still getting stiffed in price. How is it I cut off x amount of channels and STILL am paying close to a $100?! These days, I run only on internet connection – no cable tv. I also switch every 6 months for a better promotional price. I own my own modem to cut off the rental price.
My set-up goes like this:
1. Get a Device that Runs the Netflix / HuLu Apps
There’s a lot of ways you can do this. I already had a Xbox, so in order to download a Netflix “app” you need to have a XBox Live Membership ($60 a year). So, I paid the $60 and signed up, downloaded the app and was on my way. If you have a Playstation, there is no fee – you luck out. Just download Netflix and sign up there (next step). The alternative, if you have no game system, is to buy a Roku. It’s basically a little black box that allows you to install apps (there are other’s out there, but the one I used is Roku.) I have an XBox in my living room, but in my bedroom I have the little Roku. This year, I cut off my Xbox Live Membership and will probably just buy an upgraded Blu-Ray player that has wifi. That will help me combine two devices in one (see step 4).
2. Sign up for Netflix / Hulu
Online, I signed up for Netflix. It roughly costs $8 a month and allows you an array of movie and tv options, the only problem being nothing is new (expected, like cable) and say goodbye to live tv. No news, no turn the tv on and let sitcoms run. To solve that, I tried Hulu, but it seemed a copy of Netflix with the only advantage being “next day tv” which, is cool and all, until you find a solution for getting those live channels free.
3. Get a Converter / Antenna that will receive local live channels
In comes the MoHu leaf. The MoHu leaf is a digital converter/antenna that allows you to receive all the local channels – in HD! I follow a few shows and hated that I couldn’t get them on Netflix. It also got annoying after awhile to not be up to date on the news, that took me 3 years to get tired of – for some that’s an instant deal breaker. A huge lifestyle change, as well, was to not be able to just sit and watch tv. Anything. Cheers. Malcolm in the Middle. Who cares… play something. When you cut the cable, the pressure is on to constantly CHOOSE something. It’s nice to see things when you want, but what if you don’t care or want to be suprised? Oh, and to flip channels, oooh how I missed that! The MoHu leaf changed all that. I got about 30 channels, some play sitcoms, some play movies, news, etc. It satisfied the need for live shows, news and my itch to channel surf.
4. Another big problem with Netflix is – what if I want to see Rocky and it’s not on the list? Hell, I can have the DVD but if everything is a button away, switching movies becomes such a pain. Luckily, I found a cheap DVD player at walmart that has the ability to read off a hardrive less than 500mb. What does that mean? It means all those movies you have ripped, downloaded, whatever, can be moved to a thumbdrive or a hard drive. Buy this puppy, hook it up like a regular DVD player, but in it’s USB port, plug in what you want. I have a hard drive plugged into it with all my go-to movies. I just ripped anything I see regularly and dumped it all on a hard drive. DONE! On the remote, I go to source, choose the DVD player, and up pops a menu that says DVD or USB. I select USB and scroll thru a menu of movies. I don’t even use actual DVD tray, I just feed what I have off of hard drive. An added benefit: the latest models also have wifi with preinstalled apps for Netflix, Hulu, etc. Living the posh life, huh?