This Subreddit is Here to Help You Cancel the Cable Bill for Good
One of the biggest trends in personal finance is the rise of those who are seeking to cancel the cable bill and become “cordcutters” – a TV viewer who saves money by “cutting the cord” on cable TV. Online streaming video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have made it easier for people to see their favorite shows and movies without a cable TV or satellite subscription, but there are more nuances to becoming a cordcutter than just canceling cable. Many have concerns about finally making the commitment to cut the cord, such as how to access live sports broadcasts, or what kind of technical savvy is needed, that prevent them from taking the leap.
Well set your concerns aside, there’s a subreddit for that.
Enter Reddit group r/Cordcutters; the cable-slaying collective has arrived, victoriously (if not figuratively) waving the frayed remains of their cable cords, and they’re here to help. Whether you’re a cordcutting newbie, or an existing cordcutter who wants more money-saving ideas, updates on special deals, or needs advice on how to maximize the performance of your streaming service options, the group is sure to have something useful for you. Examples of some of the topics and resoures you may find shared in r/Cordcutters include:
- Why wired (not wireless) home networks deliver the best at-home streaming experience
- How to get the best performance from a basement apartment TV antenna
- Alternatives to Google’s Chromecast device
How to Get Started in Cordcutting
If you don’t have any specific questions and want more general guidance about how to get started in the world of cordcutting, check out the group’s Starter Guide. The Guide offers information on everything from how to replace pay-television content by using Antennas and DVRs, to how to use live streaming services or on-demand streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, Sling TV, and more.
Even if you’re already familiar with some of the big name streaming services, the Guide includes new options you may not be aware of, such as CBS All Access, which provides a live streaming feed of your local CBS TV affiliate, as well as more than 8,500 episodes of CBS shows available on demand. The Guide also gives a great overview of the whole universe of options for cordcutting, such as smart TVs, streaming devices, and more.
How to Cut the Cord and Still Watch Sports
Live sports is one of the biggest sticking points for many people who are considering cutting the cord. If you’re a sports fan, it’s understandable to be cautious about losing access to live sports. However, there are many ways to keep watching live sports even without cable TV. For example, r/Cordcutters has a guide detailing how to watch NFL games without cable and college sports, with specifics on each college athletic conference.
With a bit of planning and adaptability, you can most likely watch all of the same sporting events you currently enjoy on cable TV.
For evidence of just how helpful r/Cordcutters can be in helping users improve their TV-watching experience, check out this comment from a group user about how they saved $80/month on their TV bill while enjoying BETTER TV picture quality, and still getting to see their favorite sports games. With a bit of homework and preparation, you too can cut the cord and still see all the shows, movies and sports you love – while saving money each month!