Cutting the Cord

An ever-growing number of Americans are “cutting the cord” – ending their cable subscriptions in favor of Internet-based streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, and internet TV options, such as SlingTV. Cost is a major factor in this decision, but others are cutting the cord because they simply are more interested in the content that streaming services have to offer.

Cut ALL the Cords?

Not quite. “Cutting the cord” means ending your cable subscription, not removing all the cords from your life. Cutting the cord still requires paying for internet service.

What are the benefits of cutting the cord?

  • Lower cost (in some cases)
  • More variety, including award-winning exclusive content
  • Watch on your schedule, pause as needed
  • No or limited commercials
  • Portable – watch on vacation or while traveling
  • Flexible ­– streaming services do not require contracts like cable; you can cancel at any time!

What should I pick?

  • Do you prefer to watch movies and past seasons of TV shows?
  • Do you like channel surfing?
  • Are you okay waiting to watch currently airing shows?
  • Do you prefer to watch shows when they air?
  • Are you interested in streaming exclusives, such as Stranger Things?
  • Do you need to keep up with sports and local news?

Then a video streaming service is probably best for you!

Then a TV streaming service is the way to go!

 

Rather than paying for individual movies or TV shows, paying for a video streaming service gives you access to thousands of TV shows and movies. Available shows and movies vary from service to service with content being added and removed over time. Many streaming services have their own exclusive content. Video streaming services include Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and the upcoming Disney+ and Apple TV+ services.

TV streaming services replicate the cable TV watching experience, complete with channel listings, real time shows, DVRs, and commercials. TV streaming services include Sling TV, YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, and Hulu + Live TV. Check out the channels offered by each service to determine which option is best for you.

Want more information?

Check out our Tech Talk Cutting the Cord for more information on streaming services, connecting these services to your TV, and free alternatives. Cutting the Cord will be offered:

  • Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at Lee Road
  • Saturday, November 23 at 11 a.m. at Lee Road
  • Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at Noble
  • Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at University Heights
  • Wednesday, December 18 at 2 p.m. at Lee Road

Registration beings two weeks before the class date and is require for all computer classes. Call 216-932-3600 or visit heightslibrary.org/events/computer-classes/ to register.

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