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Are you ready to Cut the Cord?

by ‎06-26-2017 04:11 PM - edited ‎02-27-2018 03:31 PM (62,791 Views)

With every technological advancement, a period of transition from old to new always follows. Televisions are a perfect example of this with their almost complete ubiquity in our society. The innovation of and consumer availability of the TV triggered a transition away from the Radio as the primary entertainment medium in most homes, and further transitions followed soon after. June 25th marked Color TV day, which itself was a massive disruption to the install base of TVs. In 1965 it was announced that going forward half of all prime-time TV would be broadcast in color, and not until 1980 did the majority of TV’s support Color.


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More recent and disruptive transitions many of you may remember first-hand includes the HD movement and beyond that the Digital transition in the US that forced people to either purchase a supported TV or get a digital converter to continue using their old sets. These transitions are still ongoing and overlapping, as evidenced by the massive amount of old tube TV’s still brought into Best Buy stores every day to be recycled.



However, a new movement, which has actually been upon us for a number of years, is the practice of “Cord Cutting”. Cutting the Cord involves ending your Cable or Satellite TV subscription, and moving wholly over to internet-based video streaming with services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and others. For many cutting the cord is about escaping the high cost of Television Subscriptions that come with hundreds of channels you’ll likely never watch. For others, it’s about watching what you want, when you want, often without commercials. No matter the reason, there are a few things you need to know before Cutting the Cord.



First, you need to make sure your internet connection and home Wi-Fi network are up to the task. If it’s been a long time since you’ve upgraded your wireless router now might be a good time to do so. Next, you’ll need at least one streaming device. If you already have a Blu-ray player or gaming console connected to a TV, or your TV is a Smart TV, you can likely already stream. In order to stream to your other screens, you’ll need a dedicated streaming device like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, or a Google Chromecast. For local channels and sports, there are HDTV antennas, which let you watch HD video broadcast over the air for free.



Need help upgrading your Home Wi-Fi network or setting up your streaming devices? Geek Squad is here to help! Have any questions about Cutting the Cord? Check out our TV & Home Theater board.  

on ‎06-28-2017 03:24 PM

These are all fantastic options.  Another option to work with is if you have an existing desktop you rarely use, a custom gaming/work computer, or a media specific desktop that you can connect to your TV.  I currently run an IBUYPOWER gaming PC to my TV and stream anything I want.  All of the options above are one way where people who have desktops or are building them can contribute to cutting the cord.  I hope this helps!

on ‎11-19-2017 04:01 PM

I cut the cord in 2008  and have never looked back. Combine a good digital antenna with the right streaming services that have what you want to watch and you have more intertainment that you have time to watch. Traditional cable is suffering major loss of customers and will not exist as we know it in the not too distant future.

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