Cut The Cord | Stop Paying For Cable

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It is as the title implies, stop shedding your hard earned coins on cable companies.

Ever wondered why each time we wise up and call claiming having found a better deal with the competition, they literally freak out and start throwing discounts at you?

Yes, that’s because they can afford to give you a lower price on your bill, they just expect you to fall in the mouse trap that so many other Americans fall for, sign up for the triple package (Phone, Internet, Cable) sprinkle some premium TV on there, wait for the two year term and raise your prices to exorbitant amounts. Your bill goes from $70 to $200 really quickly! And we’re not even taking taxes and “other” fees into account.

Okay, I’ll bite, what in the world are “other fees” can someone please explain that to me? Secondly who uses a landline anymore?

We live in a world of options and the options below are 4 alternatives to having cable.

All you need is a good internet connection.

Google Chromecast second gen

Device Description:
The Google Chromecast is a video streaming device that allows you to stream content from places like:
  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • YouTube
Straight to your television.
The second gen offers better Wi-Fi connectivity than the first generation and requires google cast ready apps or the chrome browser to stream content
Price:
$35
Pros:
  • Plug and play makes the set up a breeze
  • Low price point
  • Lots of google cast ready application were developed since its inception
  • Compact Size
  • Strong Wi-Fi
Con:
  • Does not contain applications to stream from the device

Amazon Fire Stick (with Alexa voice remote)

 Device Description:
The Amazon Fire Stick launched on November 19 2014, two years later Amazon released the Fire Stick with their virtual assistance (Alexa) available through the remote (we all remember those creepy Gary Busey commercials, God bless him) the new version had upgrades such as a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1
Price:
$39.99
Pros:
  • Fast and Stable quality
  • Alexa voice command is a nice touch and works nice
  • Relatively cheap price of entry
  • Contains streaming applications
  • Compact Size
  • Strong Wi-Fi
Cons:
  • Missing some notable applications
  • No 4k rendering capabilities

Roku Streaming Stick (2016 Edition)

Device Description:
Multiple iterations through the years, the Roku Stick launched in April of 2016, it can render videos in 720 and 1080p but has no 4k capabilities for the time (see the Roku premiere line for that) good Wi-Fi with 512 MB of RAM and 256 MB of channel storage
Price:
$39.99
Pros:
  • Great Value
  • Easy to use
  • Better Performance than previous iterations
  • Compact Size
  • Easy Setup
  • Strong Wi-Fi
  • Remarkable content library
Cons:
  • No voice search capabilities on the remote
  • No 4k rendering

Apple TV (4th Gen 1080p)

 Device Description:
You get the gist, the Apple TV is a digital media player running Apple’s proprietary “TvOS” released on May 15th 2017, the 4th generation boast a 2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM, it comes in 32GB storage  and 64GB. It has Bluetooth 4.0  and is AirPlay compatible
 Compared to the other items on this list it is more of a set top box packed with features for those who are fully integrated into Apple’s eco-system
Price:
$149 – 32GB
$199 – 64GB
Pros:
  • Easy and sleek interface
  • Siri remote
  • Fantastic voice search capabilities
  • Great performance
Cons:
  • bulkier than the other products on this list
  • pricey (Apple-esk) price of admission

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