We became a family of cord cutters five years ago this month. Bottom line: We still have plenty to watch, and we’ve saved roughly $3,000.
Since then, cord cutting has gotten a lot easier, and it’s becoming more common. According to a survey by a company called Magid Advisors, 3.7 percent of cable or satellite TV subscribers age 18 to 64 say they’re “extremely likely” to cancel service in the next 12 months. That’s up 95 percent from 2011.
Over the past few months, more and more friends, fed up with rising costs and/or poor service have asked how we did it. So, I decided to post everything I’ve learned about living without cable or satellite here, for anyone who’s thinking of cutting the cord but doesn’t know where to start.
I don’t work in IT, and I assume you don’t, either, so I’m going to keep it simple, and I’m going to avoid jargon. When I do use jargon, I’ll explain what it means in plain English.
I’m going to start with the basics, then (eventually) I’ll try to answer some of the common questions I hear about the complications (don’t worry; they’re not that complicated).
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