Cut The Cable Cord

Are you still feeling tied to a cable subscription? It may be time to cut the cable cord and switch over to internet-based streaming services. And while originally cancelling cable was an easy way to save money, streaming is now the gold standard giving you complete control and access to better TV.

While saving money is a great reason to move away from conventional cable, streaming services give you complete flexibility when it comes to how you watch tv. Choose which streaming services work best for you and your family- and only pay for what you will actually use. Another added bonus: watch shows on your schedule. The majority of shows are now available on demand on your time!

If you are feeling ready to officially make the move, there are a few things you will need to ensure an easy transition:

First, you will need a streaming device. Most televisions now come with “smart tv’ features that allow you to house streaming apps on the tv directly. If you do not have a smart tv, a playstation or dedicated streaming device like a roku or apple tv will work too. Some people prefer streaming devices over smart TVs stating that the interface is better while others prefer the convenience of everything already being built into a smart television.

Next, you will need decent internet speed and ‘decent’ depends on the quality of content you plan to stream. For standard streaming, 3Mbps will be required but we would recommend 3-5 times that amount due to multiple televisions in your home as well as any additional streaming usage you will be using simultaneously. If you wish to stream 4K content, you should plan to have at least speeds of 25Mbps. Also, you will need faster speeds if you plan to stream to more than one device at a time. Most internet providers offer packages that will easily include this amount.

Now for the fun part- choosing which streaming services make sense for you. And as streaming becomes more and more popular, many of these apps offer bundling services to help keep costs down. Many of these streaming services now also offer exclusive ‘original’ shows and movies- adding even more appeal to subscribers.

Best for Families: Disney+

Best for Sports Fans: ESPN+

Best for Original shows: Netflix

Best Overall: YouTube TV

Some of the bigger players also have apps that offer multiple live tv channels such as YouTube TV and SlingTV; both with 85+ live streaming channels. These apps have the feel of conventional cable but aren’t bogged down with thousands of wasted channels and are offered for a fraction of the cost. YouTube TV has consistently great reviews from our clients and is definitely our favorites.

So now what? How do you navigate all of these specific apps as well as your television and sound systems? A smart home automated solution like Control4 can manage and streamline all of these separate systems into one smooth ‘touch of a button’ process or take it a step further and set up your systems to respond to your voice! Simply say ‘watch netflix’ and your technology will do the rest of the work for you.

With almost 30% of cable customers disconnecting this year- it may be the right time for you to make the switch as well. See below the top streaming services along with the amount of current subscribers:

Netflix: 204 million subscribers

Amazon Prime Video: 150 million subscribers

Disney Plus: 95 million subscribers

Hulu: 39 million subscribers

Paramount+: 18 million subscribers

HBOMax: 17 million subscribers

ESPN+: 12 million subscribers