10 awesome (and not-so-awesome) things I learned while becoming a cord-cutter

10 awesome (and not-so-awesome) things I learned while becoming a cord-cutter

After years of reading, research, and really close calls, I finally made the plunge. I canceled my Comcast Triple Play bundle, disconnected the coaxial cables running all over my house, and returned the boxes I’ve been renting for the last two years. That’s right, I’m officially a card-carrying cord-cutter.

I’m only in the first few days of my new cord-free world, but I can already tell the road ahead will be equal parts bright and bumpy. While I expected some separation anxiety after years of cable TV bills, I naively didn’t realize just how different it would be without Comcast or Cox or FiOS supplying the channels. I ended up choosing DirecTV Now for my streaming needs, but I researched and tested a couple of them before settling on it. Here are 10 things I’ve learned so far:

Choosing a streaming TV service is really hard

Signing up for cable is relatively easy. There are generally one or two providers with distinct pricing packages to choose from, and picking one simply depends on price and channels. That’s not the case with live TV streaming packages. Channel offerings are all over the place, and you’ll need to make a list of the ones you can and can’t live without.

For me and my family, the must-haves included Food Network, AMC, Nickelodeon, Disney, and FX, and it wasn’t easy to find one that had them all. At the time, DirecTV Now fit the bill, but that’s not the case anymore, so thankfully I’m grandfathered into the package I picked. But it’s more than likely that you’ll need to sacrifice a favorite channel or two when you settle on a streaming TV package.

Your bill really will go down

Our resident OG cord-cutter Jared Newman often rails against the argument that streaming is more expensive than cable due to the proliferation of paid services, and he’s right.

Yes, if you subscribe to every service, your streaming bill will be more than your cable one, but the beauty of cord cutting is that you only pay for what you need each month. I was already subscribing to Netflix, HBO, and Hulu under my Comcast plan, so even with upgrading my internet service from 250Mbps to 1Gbps and adding DirecTV Now, I cut my bill by around $50 a month.

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The new DirecTV Now packages have less freedom and higher prices.

Prices, channels will change without warning

Less than 24 hours after I signed up for DirecTV Now, the price changed. By a lot. My package increased by 25 percent, from $40 a month to $50 a month, and the add-on HBO option rose from $5 to $15. All said, my monthly bill increased by $20 in just 24 hours. Thankfully I’m able to keep the channels in my package, but if I had signed up just a day later, I wouldn’t have gotten any of the channels I wanted; namely, AMC, Nickelodeon, and Food Network. I’m used to cable changing packages and upping prices, but it’s shocking that AT&T raised it so much and took away so many vital channels at once.

The guide is really good

I thought the hardest thing for me to give up when I dumped my cable boxes would be  the programming guide. I generally spend a lot of time browsing channels to find something to watch, and I feared the streaming TV service’s user interface and experience would be less than great, leaving me to rely on my own devices. I was wrong. The streaming services I tried out all had excellent guides with large previews, channel icons, and great navigation. I missed such features as the ability to automatically tune to a channel when something starts, which I had with the Comcast user interface, and I kind of prefer the old UI, but overall, I enjoy browsing now just as much as I did with cable.

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March 15, 2019 at 11:15AM

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