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Watching Tennis Without Cable: Over-the-Air & Streaming



From Streaming to OTA – Tennis Fans Have Options

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In recent years, it has become incredibly difficult to watch Tennis on broadcast television. There was once a time when CBS and NBC would air all the major tournaments and fans could pop an antenna on their TV and tune into the action; but sadly, the migration to cable TV has sabotaged that old joy.

 

For those with more money than sense, the solution may be to simply pay for a hefty cable subscription. After all, what’s a few extra dollars if you can watch the Williams sisters dominate the competition at the French Open? However, if you’re like me, then you want to avoid unnecessarily paying for things you don’t need.

 

While days past have been cruel to cord cutting tennis fans, the tide is quickly turning. Recent developments in the world of streaming services have upset the balance and now the power of choice rests firmly in the hands of cord cutters seeking a cable TV alternative .

 

If you are a tennis fan longing to break away from the tyrannical grip of big cable, take heart; because today I’m going to show you how watching tennis without cable is possible! So without further ado, let’s get started.

 

2015 Tennis Schedule

 

ESPN offers a very robust Tennis Schedule, though it does not provide actual broadcast channels / mediums.  More details on these specific events will need to be researched on a case by case basis.

 

Beyond this, there are 3 main tennis events that remaining in 2015:

 

  • French Open >> May 24-June 7, 2015 in Paris, France
  • Wimbledon >> June 29-July 12, 2105 in Wimbledon, England
  • US Open >> August 31-Sept 13, 2015 in Flushing Meadows, New York

 

 

Over-the-Air (OTA)

 

As I said before, long ago you used to be able to get most of your tennis fix from watching OTA television; which is just a fancy way of saying using an antenna to pick up the free signal transmitted by broadcast networks.

 

While purchasing an antenna, like the Mohu Leaf, is be a great idea if you love hours of free entertainment and the best shows on television; if you’re looking for a plethora of tennis matches, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Most tennis broadcasts have moved on to cable television; with the only exception being the French Open on NBC. That being said times are changing quickly and I would not be surprised at all to see more events hit the major broadcast channels over the coming months.

 

It’s not an ideal situation, but if you’re hard up for tennis you always have NBC to fall back on.

 

 

Sling TV

 

While Sling TV may fall short of being considered a complete cable TV alternative, one thing the over-the-top streaming service does excel at is sports. For $20 a month, you get Sling TV’s “Best of Live TV” package which, among other things, includes ESPN and ESPN 2.

 

ESPN has always been a leader in sports; and tennis is no difference. ESPN broadcasts complete coverage of Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and The Championships.

 

You get early coverage of the French Open, the US Open, the American ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, the US Open Series, and the American WTP Premier.

 

Also, ESPN gives you access to the ATP World Finals as well as the WTA Tour Championship on ESPN 3; which does not require a subscription to Sling TV.

 

As far as tennis goes, Sling and ESPN have got you covered.

 

 

Tennis Channel Plus

 

Taking a hint from CBS and HBO, the Tennis Channel now offers a subscription based streaming plan. For $70 a year, you get access to coverage of over 45 tennis tournaments; the French Open included. Most of the matches won’t include heavy hitters, but for die-hards of the sport it won’t matter.

 

No other option out there gives you access to more tennis than Tennis Channel Plus. You may not be able to stream the Wimbledon finals, but if you have Sling TV that won’t matter quite as much. Tennis Channel Plus isn’t for everyone; but if you can’t get enough tennis, then it is well worth the price.

 

As we have seen today, you can have a huge selection of tennis at your finger-tips without ever having to sign up for cable. Cable companies like to hide your options from you so that you come to rely on them; but thankfully that doesn’t have to happen.

 

 

So what are you waiting for?

 

Why pay thousands of dollars every year, only to get the same content that others get for a fraction of the price? Stop waiting for a sign; take the leap, cut the cord, and kill the cable bill today!

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



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TV Show Premieres Available Over-the-Air May 2015



Are you curious what TV show premieres are available over-the-air in May? Here are this month’s fresh broadcast TV program choices available on ABC, NBC and FOX networks, which can be enjoyed for free in high definition using your Mohu HDTV antenna.

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ABC

 

The Bachelorette (5/18) 9/8c: In a 2 hour premiere event, The Bachelorette’s 11th season kick-off sets the stage for a showdown between not one, but TWO bachelorettes! Britt and Kaitlyn will both be looking for love, but only one bachelorette will give out a final rose.

 

 

Celebrity Wife Swap (5/20) 10/9c: Watch celebrities swap wives and lives for the sake of a reality show reboot to their careers.

 

500 Questions (5/20) 8/7c: An all-new gameshow that pits the smartest people in the country against 500 of the toughest general knowledge questions the producers could come up with to take them out of the game.

 

Extreme Weight Loss (5/27) 8/7c: An empowering show in which in each episode trainer Chris Powell takes an individual on a transformative 1 year weight loss, makeover journey.

 

Bet On Your Baby (5/31) 8/7c: A gameshow where parents of five young toddlers make bets on what the kids will do next in hopes of winning cash for their children’s college funds.

 

Sing Your Face Off (5/31) 9/8c: Watch celebrities try to look and sound like other celebrities in a competition that’s a lot of good fun!

 

 

 

NBC

 

American Ninja Warrior (5/25) 8/7c: Watch America’s best all-around athletes compete head to head in a nail biting obstacle course competition to see who can claim the title of “American Ninja Warrior.”

 

 

The Island (5/25) 10/9c: Hosted by Bear Grylls, The Island is all about letting go of the modern conveniences of today, and just focusing on survival.

 

America’s Got Talent (5/26) 8/7c: Another season of the best talent America has to offer, judged by Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Mel B., and Howard Stern, and hosted by Nick Canon.

 

I Can Do That (5/26) 10/9c: Hosted by Marlon Wayans, this is a new 1 hour comedy-variety show that showcases celebrities and talents they didn’t even know they had!

 

Undateable (5/29) 9/8c: Danny uses his Casanova-like skills to help his roommate’s ‘undateable’ friends by schooling them in the art of romance.

 

Aquarius (5/29) 10/9c: Starring David Duchovny as LAPD Detective Sam Hodiak, Aquarius is set in Los Angeles in the year 1967. This one promises to be an enticing new crime drama worth watching.

 

Crossbones (5/30) 10/9c: John Malcovich as Blackbeard. Dodge and parry your way through grand acting and dialogue to immerse yourself in the realm of your imagination. Need I say more?

 

 

 

FOX

 

Wayward Pines (5/14) 9/8c: A 10 part mini series that may turn into more, Wayward Pines is a psychological thriller based on a series of books by Blake Crouch. If you enjoyed X-Files, check this one out.

 

 

MasterChef (5/20) 9/8c: We just can’t get enough of amateur chefs competing to earn the title ‘MasterChef’ can we?

 

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (5/26) The hit game show returns to FOX with this TV show premiere featuring host-comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

 

Bullseye (5/27) 9/8c: Would you use your body as a human dart? That’s what four men and four women agree to do in this brand new game show. The competitors face challenges that require both physical and mental strength in this unscripted, fast-paced 1 hour show. The one who can shoot straight and hit their targets, wins $50,000.

 

 

 

Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.



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Common Questions from New Cord Cutters



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I Just Cut the Cord and Purchased a Streaming Box, Now What?

 
Congratulations on joining the cord cutting family! Now that you have done the hard part of canceling cable, you can get to the fun part of exploring the great big world of free and inexpensive content.
 
The first thing to do is buy an antenna so you can watch FREE over-the-air TV. This is not your grandpa’s over-the-air TV. Since the switch to digital, over-the-air content has grown with sub channels that bring you countless movies and shows, both new and old. My parents had been paying $20 a month for about 15 local channels in SD; when they installed an antenna they ended up with over 30 channels in clear and bright HD.
 
Now, no matter which streaming box you purchased, head over to the app store and start browsing around. You will find hundreds, or thousands, of great apps – many of them free. Of course, you have the big name streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Hulu but there are also other excellent apps such as Crackle, Weather Nation, Livestream, and so many more that give you great free content.
 
Don’t forget to check out YouTube; some of the best original content created today is free on YouTube. Many streaming boxes include a YouTube app that opens up a world of options to you; from gaming to gardening there is a wide array of shows which could keep you busy for a lifetime.
 
Don’t rush yourself; it will take a bit of time to explore this new world. Cable may have 200 channels to pick from, but cord cutters have thousands of options from which to choose.
 

 

Will I be able to watch over-the-air TV on all my TVs using just one antenna?

 
In short, yes; you can network an antenna to all of the TVs in your house. The best way to do this is to purchase a long-range antenna, such as the Sky 60, and mount it in the attic or on the roof. From there you can network it throughout the house, just like your cable company did, using a splitter to feed coax to multiple TVs.
 
Success will be based on how strong the over-the-air signal is, and how many TVs you want to connect. If you live in an area with a strong over-the-air signal, you can buy a smaller antenna, like the Leaf, and connect one to each TV.
 
To make sure you are purchasing the correct antenna, plug in your zip code to see what’s available over-the-air in your area and which antenna you will need.
 

Luke Bouma is the owner of CordCutterNews.com and is a dedicated cord cutter. Cord Cutter News gives you some of the best reviews and news about cutting the cord. You can find them on Twitter @CordCuttersNews or on their Facebook Page.



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Cord Cutting Setup: Dave Kennedy of KilltheCableBill.com



How KilltheCableBill Enjoys Cable Free Entertainment

 

Antenna + Streaming Box + Streaming Services = Cable Freedom

 

One of the most popular questions I get from Kill the Cable Bill readers is: “What’s your cord cutting setup?” I love this question because there are so many ways I can answer it.

 

Cable TV Alternatives

Maybe you only use your laptop, maybe you stream from your Xbox, maybe you use both… and a phone, and a tablet, and a smart TV. Isn’t it wonderful? There are so many ways to stream, and there are so many options for those looking for a cable TV alternative.

 

As far as my cord cutting setup goes; I’m a fan of the “All of the above” approach, and I try to use and test out as many devices and services that I can. Let’s start with something simple.

 

Over the Air Antennas

 

The most essential part of any cord cutter’s arsenal is an over-the-air antenna. For a small investment you can get thousands of hours of free television year after year. If you’ve ever read my blog before, you know I’m a huge fan of Mohu antennas; so it’s no wonder I use one in my house.

 

Mohu Sky

Since my local network’s tower is 20 miles away, I use the Mohu Sky Outdoor Antenna. It’s a little bigger than a laptop and it has stood up to some nasty windstorms. That’s not to say I haven’t lost reception a time or two; but compared to my old bunny ears from back in the day, it’s a godsend.

 

Streaming Boxes

 

For most of my video streaming, I use a laptop, smartphone, tablet, a WD Media Player (in the bedroom) and Mohu Channels. Mohu Channels is awesome because I get all my OTA channels and my Netflix, Hulu etc… all within one interface. Makes it really easy to move from service to service, channel to channel.

 

Channel surfing is not dead, but it has changed quite a bit. No longer do I flip from channel to channel with nothing on. Now I switch from program to program, and watch exactly what I want, when I want it, and it is always of superb quality.

 

Sure, you can buy a DVD player that streams Netflix and YouTube; but if I can’t get HBO Now or Amazon Prime on your device, you have lost my attention.

 

Naturally, I also utilize my Samsung smartphone & tablet for most of my mobile streaming. It’s seen better days, but it still runs as fast as the day I got it; and whenever I’m catching up on a show on the road, it never lets me down.

Mohu Channels

As I said earlier, I usually use my Mohu Channels for most of my streaming; but my Laptop has seen its share of video streaming as well. Although it doesn’t have the app support like Roku does, it is nice to jump from a game to Hulu in only a couple of clicks.

 

Streaming Services

 

As far as streaming services go, once again I say “All of the above!” I’m subscribed to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and am looking to sign up for Sling TV. I know it all sounds expensive, but surprisingly it’s still a lot cheaper than having cable. I would also have HBO Now, but I just have not signed up yet.

 

There you go, that’s my cord cutting set-up! It might look a lot like yours, or it may be completely different! That’s the beauty of cord cutting; where cable TV wants to define how you watch television, cord cutting wants to set you free. So what’s your cord cutting set-up? Do you use a Roku or do you use a computer? Share it with me in the comments below OR tweet it to me with the hashtag #KillTheCableBill!

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



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Cutting The Cord: 4 Things I’ve Discovered – SavvySleuth.com



My life changed for the better a couple of years ago when as a Top 50 Amazon Reviewer I got the chance to review the Mohu Ultimate antenna. I was thrilled with its ease of use and performance, and when I figured out I could enjoy all the major networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CW in HD for free, I was ready to cut the cord!

 

I began telling others about my cord cutting and found myself teaching friends and family how to do it too. Eventually my cord cutting advocacy led me to write a book: Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV to help non-techy types to learn how to cut the cord using a flat antenna.

 

These are 4 of the things I’ve learned in my cord cutting experience that I’d like to share with you.

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1. Surfing Is Not My Thing

 

When I had cable TV, I would surf through hundreds of channels, trying to find just the right thing to watch. I surfed much more often than I watched any programs, and I was paying top dollar to surf channels instead of watching them.

 

When I cut the cord I with cable TV I became more mindful of my programming choices. Out of necessity I actively searched for my favorite shows, kept track of where and when they were available, and started rediscovering old favorites. I actually looked forward to watching TV again instead of being overwhelmed by it.

 

 

2. Minimal Investment Equaled Big Savings In No Time

 

The initial cost of three Mohu 50 antennas for all my HDTVs cost me about the same as my cable bill for one month prior to cutting the cord. After the initial equipment cost for indoor HDTV antennas, I began saving $100 a month by eliminating my cable TV and keeping my cable internet service for streaming media.

 

The $1200 a year I save by not having cable TV has gone into a family fun-money fund. The monthly savings affords us the option for a spontaneous night out or a weekend trip to the beach. Something we didn’t have prior to cutting the cord.

 

 

3. Cutting The Cord Is Empowering

 

Standing up to a bully feels good, and it’s the same feeling I got when I cut the cord with my cable company.

 

First, I did a test drive to make sure I could get the programming I wanted at my location via an over air antenna, and then I packed up my cable TV equipment and deposited it on their customer service counter.

 

When asked why I was cancelling my cable TV service I said: “Because your prices have gone up and your customer service has gone down.”

 

I had no further conversation as the cable customer service rep checked in my equipment and handed me my receipt, however as I went to leave he said: “You’ll be back when you can’t get HBO.” I guess the parting shot was his way of saying ‘We’ll miss you’. Needless to say, since cutting the cord I’ve not gone back to cable or satellite TV, and now I can get HBO too.

 

So much for that bully!

 

 

4. Cord Cutting Trends Are Advancing Technology

 

Have you noticed how many new streaming media services have popped up recently?

 

Sling TV, HBO Now and other paid streaming media services have exploded onto the marketplace and are being readily embraced by consumers. In addition, devices designed for over air TV users like Mohu Channels and the Tablo OTA DVR and streaming device, are making cord cutting even more high tech and enjoyable without monthly service fees.

 

For simple cord cutting, Mohu’s indoor HDTV digital antenna technology is the best I’ve found. I absolutely love my Curve 50 and Leaf 50 antennas!

 

I’m excited for the future of cord cutting, and I look forward to even more technological advancements driving the cord cutting revolution with effective, simple to use cord cutting tools designed to help everyone to save money and enjoy free TV.

 

Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.



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70% of Cord Cutters Pay Less Than $30 A Month For TV



A recent survey at /r/Cordcutters, on reddit, showed over 70% of cord cutters now pay less than $30 a month for their video entertainment content. Since they canceled cable, 44% of those cord cutters pay less than $20 a month for all their video entertainment! (The caveat, of course, is that this does not account for the amount spent on a broadband connection, which can range significantly depending on your preferred speeds and is used for more than just streaming video entertainment purposes. For this reason, the survey questions and responses compare pre- and post-cord cutting costs solely to the cost of pay TV subscriptions for a more apples-to-apples view.)

 

How Much Are You Paying Monthly for TV?

 

80% of the people surveyed said they canceled cable because of the cost. Only 17% said they canceled cable because of lack of use, while another 3% said they canceled cable because of the commercials.

 

The same survey showed approximately 70% of the cord cutters had been paying over $70 a month for cable TV alone, while 41% of those cord cutters were paying over $101 a month. That means 70% of cord cutters are saving at least $70 every month, or $840 a year.

 

How Much Were You Paying Monthly Before Cutting the Cord?

 

Personally, our cable bill was about $130 per month (after taxes and fees). Since we cut the cord we are saving a total of $1,320 per year.

 

A different survey recently suggested the average cord cutter saves about $1,000 a year. So, the question is, “What could you do with an extra $1,000 every year?” If you are 30 years old when you cut the cord, and you live until you are 60, that amounts to $30,000 extra for you to vacation with, or even to buy a car!

 

There is only a small set up cost to become a cord cutter. You buy an antenna ($39.99 for the Mohu Leaf) and a Roku ($84.99 on Amazon), and that’s it. It is a one-time cost; once you buy them you own it. There is no monthly fee for an antenna or a Roku. My parents receive about 30 free channels over the air with the antenna I installed. This is better than the 21 cable channels for which they were paying $24.99 monthly.

 

Roku has a ton of free content on their channels that you never have to pay for. In addition, Netflix and Hulu are only $8 a month, and an Amazon Prime membership is $99 a year. (Amazon Prime includes free movies, free TV shows, free books, free music, and 2-day free shipping on a huge selection of items you can purchase through Amazon.com).

 

So if you are thinking of cutting the cord, but are not sure, ask yourself, “What could I do with an additional $30,000 in my life?”

 

Luke Bouma is the owner of CordCutterNews.com and is a dedicated cord cutter. Cord Cutter News gives you some of the best reviews and news about cutting the cord. You can find them on Twitter @CordCuttersNews or on their Facebook Page.



Watching Golf Without Cable or Satellite

Watching Golf Without Cable or Satellite TV



How to watch golf without cable or satellite

There are very few sports as long lived as golf. Created in 15th century Scotland, golf is still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide; and it’s easy to see why. The stillness of the green, the satisfaction of making a putt, and even the frustration of shanking a shot into woods; they all provide a certain cathartic release that no other activity can provide.

 

Even simply watching golf on television can induce a still, Zen-like state. Unfortunately for cord cutting golf fans, networks like the Golf Channel have monopolized the majority of golfing events on television. However, those seeking a cable TV alternative still have options on the table for watching golf without cable; and today we’re going to go over a few of them. Let’s get started!

 

 

Over-the-Air (OTA)

 

One of the ways you can watch golf without cable is through an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. An OTA antenna can pick up the signal transmitted by broadcast networks (ABC,CBS, NBC, etc…) for free. They don’t have the rabbit ears like they used too, but they do exactly the same thing. Luckily most antennas, like the Mohu Leaf, are pretty cheap and will only run you around $40 if you shop smart.

 

As far as golf coverage with over-the-air television, it’s kind of a mixed bag. Early on in the season, most of the tournaments will only air on the Golf Channel; which requires a cable subscription. However, as the season goes on, more tournaments will become available on OTA networks. Here are a couple upcoming tournaments that you’ll be able to watch with an OTA antenna.

 

  • May 7-10: The Players Championship (NBC)
  • May 14-17: Wells Fargo Championship (CBS)
  • May 21-24: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (CBS)

 

Take a look at the upcoming golf schedule to see more golf action.

 

The downside of all this is that the OTA networks won’t show you the whole tournament. At best, you’ll get one or two rounds of each tournament. Unless you have the Golf Channel, you won’t be seeing these tournaments in their entirety. On the positive side, though, the broadcast networks typically air the championship rounds so you can see the pinnacle of each tournament with the best of the best on the course. The only exception to that rule is the US Open, which airs exclusively on Fox.

 

 

Sling TV

 

Luckily OTA television is not your only option. If you subscribe to Sling TV, you will be able to get ESPN, ESPN2, and TNT; all of which air professional golf tournaments. You won’t be able to watch every tournament in their entirety, but you will get access to some of the bigger tournaments; and when used in conjunction with your OTA antenna, you can expand coverage on certain events.

 

Here are some upcoming tournaments you can watch, in full, when using Sling TV and your OTA antenna:

 

  • July 16-19: The British Open (ESPN)
  • July 23-26: The Senior Open Championship (ESPN)
  • July 30-August 2: RICOH Women’s British Open (BBC2 for UK or with VPN in the US & ESPN)
  • August 13-16: PGA Championship (TNT/CBS)

 

In addition to these upcoming tournaments, you can also use to ESPN and CBS to watch The Masters Tournament. Although The Masters has already taken place for this season, it’s still something worth remembering for next year.

 

 

Streaming Sites

 

If want to supplement the missing pieces of your favorite golfing events, you could always resort to using a third party streaming website like Stream2Watch or Front Row Sports. The only thing I will say about using these kinds of sites is that it can be a crapshoot when it comes to reliability and safety.

 

Due to the questionable legality of running a third party streaming site, you’ll often find yourself waking up to find that your favorite website was shut down. Aside from potential heartbreak, you also open yourself up to a lot of malware and spam when you go to some of these sites; so if you do stream, be careful.

 

For casual golf fans, you won’t really find too much trouble watching golf as a cord cutter. You’ll get to watch the major events and every weekend or so see a round or two of golf. However, if you’re a committed fan of the sport you may find yourself disappointed by the Golf Channels monopoly on your sport. Not only do you get limited access to PGA tournaments, but LPGA coverage is practically non-existent.

 

All that being said, if you’re a golf fan don’t count out cord cutting yet. Are things perfect right now? No. Will they get better? Definitely yes. A year ago, college football fans only had a handful of games on network television to watch every Saturday; and now they can stream ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN 3, and even the SEC Network.

 

The point is, the way we watch sports is changing. We may not have everything we want now; but by joining the cord cutting revolution we can in the future. The demand for online streaming free of cable is only going to continue, and networks like the Golf Channel will soon see the revenue potential in providing content directly to consumers. Plus, the big four broadcast channels are here to stay, so why not watch all they have to offer for free?

 

Trust me when I say, cord cutting is definitely worth the investment. It may not be perfect, but it’s getting better all the time; as opposed to cable, which is imperfect and only getting worse and more expensive.

 

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



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Top 5 Things I Discovered After Cutting the Cord – CordCuttersNews.com



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The only shows I wanted to watch live, I could watch over the air for free.

 

When we realized 90% of what we watched was days old fromthe DVR, we asked ourselves, “Why are we paying $110 a month just for TV?” Cable channel shows are freely available on services like Hulu, Amazon, or iTunes. The other 10% of our TV watching was shows like American Idol and local news; both available for FREE over the air with an antenna. Even if we bought a few of the ones we couldn’t find on the other services, it was still significantly cheaper than paying $110 every month to DVR a few shows.

 

To my surprise watching sports is easy as a cord cutter.

 

If you’re a sports fan you can cut the cord and still see your favorite games. Since Sling TV brought all the ESPN channels to cord cutters for only $25 a month, with no contract, sports are much easier to find. Many major sports like MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL offer subscription streaming services to see some, or all, of their games. Make sure to read the fine print, but it is one more way to see the most popular sports programs out there.

 

Lastly, for the one or two games a year you can’t legally stream, head over to your local sports bar and watch it there. As a rare event it can be a lot of fun to watch the game with a drink, some good food, and other sports fans.

 

You can find all the shows you want to watch online.

 

One of the big concerns we hear from many people who are considering cutting the cord is the fear of missing their favorite shows. What we did was make a list of shows we felt we had to have. After that we hunted around on Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, and others services to see where the shows were available   and what it would cost us to access them. We quickly learned that everything we wanted was available online, and the cost was a significantly less than a cable subscription.

 

We watch more shows, but spend less time watching TV.

 

I never really thought about how much time commercials take up, until I stopped having to watch them! Even with DVR fast forwarding, commercials add up over time. With many 30 minute shows having only 20 minutes of content and 10 minutes of ads, once you cut out the commercials you can watch 3 shows in one hour on Netflix. Skipping commercials saves you 30 minutes to spend with your family, work around the house, or go work on a project.

 

Over just one month that could easily add up to saving 15 hours, compared to the time taken up watching the same content on cable. Over the course of a year you will have saved 182 hours, or over 7 days of watching TV, simply by cutting out 30 minutes of commercials every day.  So, the question is, “What would you do with 7 extra days in your year?”  This becomes even more compelling when you consider that 30 minutes saved every day, over the course of 30 years, saves you 210 days of your life!

 

Watching live news is easy for a cord cutter.

 

The second major concern people have about cutting the cord is the fear of missing the latest breaking news or major news event. With a great antenna you can watch local and national morning and evening news as well as most major news events, like presidential debates and elections coverage, free over the air.

 

Most of the major news services also stream breaking news free online. Check out this great list of ways to watch breaking news for free on streaming devices like your Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Apple TV.

 

Conclusion

 

In short, being a cord cutter is easy, cheap, and could save you wasted days of commercial watching every year.  So, if you are still considering cutting the cord but have been hesitating, I would encourage you to try it out. Worst case scenario is you get one of the great promotional new customer rates if you go back to cable. My guess is once you cut the cord, you won’t be going back.

 

 

Luke Bouma is the owner of CordCutterNews.com and is a dedicated cord cutter. Cord Cutter News gives you some of the best reviews and news about cutting the cord. You can find them on Twitter @CordCuttersNews or on their Facebook Page.