Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Making the call to cut the cable

In 2009 and 2010, I spent time running the numbers to determine if I could save money by streaming TV rather than staying with cable. Spoiler: yes.

I went through all the numbers, and bought the equipment to set it all up, and started streaming. But the last piece of the puzzle took a little while.

Until I saw an article last week on the Tablo Blog about it, I had pretty much put it out of my mind. But after seeing the article, I began to remember that it was, at the time, a pretty big step.

One thing that can be a problem is when they then start to pressure you, sometimes being subtle, sometimes not. Tablo covered it pretty well:

Don't let your provider convince you to boost your internet package or speeds either. Unless you've got online gamers in the home or other high-bandwidth needs, 25 MBPS download/3 MPBS upload speeds and a 1TB data cap are usually enough.

I've spoken to people after they cut the cord and they then brag about how they got a good deal on faster Internet. I let them enjoy their win. The cable company really won that, but they're happy, so I let them have it.

Cutting the cord is a big step. The call, or office visit, to cut the cable TV package can be intimidating, but it shouldn't be. It should be looked at as one of the steps to ensure you have a happy Streaming Life.

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