Today was a big day for my fiancé and me. After months of preparation, today was the day we finally cut the cord and ditched the high cable bill forever. That's not to say we left our favorite programming behind, we're just going to watch them in different ways.
Netflix - We have been subscribed to Netflix for some time, so this was a no-brainer to include this in our plans. And, fortunately, this is a service that is getting better and better with all of their growing content, including a new original seemingly every month.
Hulu - I hear a lot of people bashing Hulu a lot because they show commercials. I'm not saying these people are completely wrong, but I at the very least think it is better with regard to this than it used to be. It could be that since I'm an actual subscriber now that I see fewer of them (most not in current season content only has one commercial during each break to promote something within the Hulu network, which isn't all bad since you may find out about something you didn't know they had). And no, I don't pay the $7.99 per month. See Bing Rewards for more info...
HBO Now - I had HBO for free with my last promo from AT&T U-Verse, so I became addicted, I guess you could say, to their content. I finally got around to checking out Game of Thrones, and that definitely won me over. But since my final contract ended the same weekend as the season finale, it's not as urgent for me to subscribe right away to HBO Now. I can say that I definitely will, but since I can sign up month-to-month, I'll wait until I know I'll watch it.
WatchESPN - This is the first of what you will notice is a pattern for me...borrowing provider logins. I can access nearly anything live on the ESPN networks with someone else's password to their cable company. I know there are going to be those who speak out against such things, but...as the kids say these days, "Haters gonna hate." I might even loan them my login to one of the companies above in exchange.
Sling TV - This is a service I have definitely been following since it was unveiled. A basic cable package for $20 is a pretty sweet deal, and the add-on packs for $5 are that sweet, impulsive sweet spot. It offers AMC to feed my Walking Dead craving, a decent amount of kids programming (including more on one of those add-on packs), and ESPN and other sports programming. If it weren't for having access to WatchESPN already, along with the ability to watch AMC programming online with a login, I would be considering this even more. I believe I will be trying it out for three months as part of the half off a Roku 3 deal, but I'm not quite there yet.
Pluto TV - This has been the dark horse of our cord cutting. Pulling all kinds of content from the web, this is great for when you want to turn something on and leave it running without having to think about it, like just to have something on in the background. The variety has definitely grown since I first found out about it, to the point where there's something for everyone, from music videos to news, sports to technology, and even some kids programming.
As for devices, we have a Chromecast and a Roku 1, with a Roku 2 on the way. We did try the Fire TV Stick for a couple weeks, but had issues with it, including video stalling while the audio continued, as well as the one app I bought it for in particular, Fox Sports Go, seemingly becoming unsupported or stopped working altogether (it wouldn't let me advance in the app without updating, then when I would try to update, it said there wasn't one available.
And how can I forget the trusty antenna. I enjoy watching the news in the morning with my coffee before getting ready for work, so this is all I need for that. I get CBS, ABC, NBC, and CW just fine, but can't seem to pull in PBS or FOX surprisingly. FOX was my big worry for live sports, but I can still cast Fox Sports Go from my tablet. It's a decrease in picture quality, but it'll work until I can hopefully pull in my local FOX station.
I think that hits all of the key points of my journey to cutting the cord. With the promo I had with AT&T, our bill was $128 for cable and Internet. That was about to spike to almost $220 had we sat idle with the plan we had. Now, thanks to +Josh Dunn
, I have a 25 Mbps Internet plan with Comcast for $19.99 per month. Even if we subscribe to Sling TV and HBO Now, we're still saving a shipload of money.