Cutting the Cord

So after weeks (probably more like months) of staring at the Verizon FiOS channel guide, I realized it was time to finally pull the trigger and try cutting the cord for good. I did a bit of recon (thanks, friends!) and sorted everything out in advance, just to be sure there would be no loose ends. We already watch most of our shows straight off the DVR anyway, and live TV is mostly just a bedtime thing for background noise. My only real holdup was live Mets games, but a friend gave me a quick briefing on how to make that happen, so there was really nothing holding us back at this point.I made a call to Verizon, explained that I wanted to cancel TV service but keep the internet active (we had no big issues with FiOS for ‘net). They wouldn’t budge when they told me we were still under contract and it would be $250 to terminate — no questions. I told them I needed to make a call and would get back to them. That call was to Optimum, who had a better deal for faster internet AND would cover part of the ETF I was due to incur. I scheduled the Optimum install, and as soon as it was up and running, called FiOS to cancel for good. It was extremely liberating. Keep in mind that with TV and internet from FiOS (no phone) along with the router, DVR service and media server rental fees, we were paying close to $190/month. My cord cutting plan should cut that down considerably.

FiOS had no objections to me canceling outright, and they even sent a nice return package for me to ship off all of my now unused equipment (except the remotes, apparently they don’t care to have them back). I packaged it all up and dropped it at the UPS store. Good riddance.With my Optimum internet up and running (we started out at the Optimum 60 plan, but upped to the 101 for another $10) I was pulling around 115 download speeds consistently. More than double what I managed with FiOS. Plus I was able to use my own router, something that’s a PITA with FiOS.

With my Optimum internet up and running (we started out at the Optimum 60 plan, but upped to the 101 for another $10) I was pulling around 115 download speeds consistently. More than double what I managed with FiOS. Plus I was able to use my own router, something that’s a PITA with FiOS.Using the Amazon FireTV we already owned, for TV we went with a few things. First off was a friend’s Netflix account with we don’t pay for (thank you, friend), we added Hulu Plus and Sling TV. This was a great start and honestly met all our needs. But only a week or so in, I discovered

Using the Amazon FireTV we already owned, for TV we went with a few things. First off was a friend’s Netflix account with we don’t pay for (thank you, friend), we added Hulu Plus and Sling TV. This was a great start and honestly met all our needs. But only a week or so in, I discovered Playstation Vue, a service I originally thought you had to has a PS4 to use, was actually available on the FireTV as well. So it was a negligible increase from what we were paying for Sling, but adds in a ton more channels including networks, a cloud DVR with unlimited storage, and all kinds of other goodies. So it was a no-brainer. We dropped Sling and picked up Vue, and I haven’t looked back since. As for the Mets, I subscribe to MLB.TV Premium and use a little hackery to make it happen, but it works like a charm.We’re a few weeks in now and haven’t missed cable one bit. Everyone can still watch what they want, when they want, where they want, with no complaints. We’re saving close to $100/month now with no contracts and no rental fees. I can cancel or change any of the services whenever I want. We may even be able to ditch Hulu if Vue continues to work out, since there is a bunch of overlap there. That will save another $12/month.

We’re a few weeks in now and haven’t missed cable one bit. Everyone can still watch what they want, when they want, where they want, with no complaints. We’re saving close to $100/month now with no contracts and no rental fees. I can cancel or change any of the services whenever I want. We may even be able to ditch Hulu if Vue continues to work out, since there is a bunch of overlap there. That will save another $12/month.In 2016, cable is really a thing of the past. For us, and many others, there is no need to keep a conventional cable plan when there are so many great alternatives out there. You can use a FireTV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast or any other various options. You may pay up-front for the switch, but in the end you’ll save month over month. You’ll be glad you did!

In 2016, cable is really a thing of the past. For us, and many others, there is no need to keep a conventional cable plan when there are so many great alternatives out there. You can use a FireTV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast or any other various options. You may pay up-front for the switch, but in the end you’ll save month over month. You’ll be glad you did!

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