Hey freedom fighters! I’ve got a great mid-week treat for you, a guest post from my friend Dan Vuchenich, who blogs over at getcableless.com. One visit to Dan’s site is evidence that this guy knows his stuff when it comes to cutting cable. In this post, he explains why the Christmas season offers up a great opportunity to do just that. Enjoy!
I’m really excited to be here today to share some tips on a topic that I personally love. I know that many people can find this to be a bit of a sore, difficult…maybe even a frustrating area of their budget. I know you have all probably heard of it, many of you probably have thought of it, and some of you I’m sure are already doing it! If you a regular follower of the thrifty lifestyle, you most definitely have heard about this latest trend, cutting cable! If you haven’t done it already then I’m sure the only thing you are waiting for is the “best time” to cut your cable.
Well, I’ve got some great news for you because right now, this holiday season, I think is the best time to cut your cable. I know you might have concerns about how you are going to watch all your sports or reality TV. This is a valid concern that all prospective cord cutters have, but rest assured, there are plenty of affordable options for cord cutters out there today. Options that let you watch all your favorite TV shows and that couldn’t make it any easier to make the switch.
That’s right, canceling your traditional high-priced cable or satellite subscription in favor of the new wallet-friendlier options is totally possible, especially right now. If you’ve been contemplating making this switch or have been interested in testing it out in your house, then it’s time. According to Variety.com close to a half million pay TV subscribers cut the cord last quarter, and for many reasons, the next couple of weeks and months are going to see a huge increase in cord cutting as well. If you have been on the fence for a while then I think this is going to be the best time for you to cut your cable, and here are some of the reasons why.
The holiday shopping season brings the best sales of the year.
First and foremost, cord cutting gadgets are seeing the biggest sales of the year right now. Everything from antennas to streaming media players are being discounted. The line of Roku streaming players is a great example. Roku just did a complete refresh to their line of cord cutting friendly streaming devices. The good news for thrifty cord cutters is that we can take advantage of the older models being put on clearance. The older generation Roku 3 and 4 are still great devices and you shouldn’t hesitate if a great deal pops up on one of them. If you want to stick with the latest and greatest that Roku offers then keep an eye out for sales on the new generation devices. There have been huge sales pop up from time to time this season on the new Roku Streaming Stick and new Roku Premier+.
Hanging up that budget friendly antenna is sexier than ever!
Gone are the days of the giant rabbit ears covered in crinkled up aluminum foil. Today’s antennas are minimalistic, sleek…heck even downright sexy. Okay, maybe that’s the nerd in me getting a little too excited. But seriously, you’ve gotta check these things out. Aside from being top of line antennas capable of bringing in beautiful crystal clear HDTV from miles away, they are essentially works of “electronic wall art”. They might even be classy enough that your interior designer sister won’t laugh at them when she comes over for Christmas Eve dinner. The Mohu Leaf and ClearStream Eclipse, in my opinion, are two of the sexiest antennas on the market today.
We’ve got options…and now, even more options.
Have you guys heard of Sling TV or PlayStation Vue? These are “over-the-top” subscription services that offer live and on-demand streaming of premium channels that are traditionally thought of as being only “cable channels”. But now, you access these channels through the Sling or Vue app available on streaming boxes, like the Roku, your PC and even mobile devices. They are improving these apps every day and they are becoming really user-friendly. In my opinion, this is the number one reason why now is the best time to try them out and cut your cable.
The big news this holiday season is the arrival of even more streaming television options to the market. DirecTV just released their new streaming service, called DirecTV Now, to compete with Sling and Vue. Additionally, Google and Hulu are rumored to be releasing their live streaming offerings sometime in the first half of 2017. This is amazing news for us, the consumer, as this gives us options. You can pick and choose the package and provider that fits your needs, and budget, the best. The coolest part about this new way to watch TV is that these streaming services all offer a FREE 7-day trial and there are never any contracts. So, it’s completely painless to test them out, for free, until you find one you love!
The best cure for that holiday wallet hangover is frugal friendly changes to your budget.
Another big reason why this holiday season is going to be the best time to cut your cable is because the beginning of the year is, typically, also budget season. Come January, most people like to sit down and revisit the good old pen and paper budget to account for new expenses and more importantly cut some of the existing ones. This is when cutting your cable can, and should be, the most desirable. If you a looking for ways to cut back this coming year, then cable TV should be the first place you look. Instead of continuing to pay the cable company that $150 each month for 250 different channels that you don’t watch, cancel it and go with a leaner, budget friendly cord cutting setup.
Put that holiday vacation time to good use!
One of the main reasons I hear people say they haven’t cut their cable yet is time. They just haven’t found or taken the time to look into it and do it. This is another reason why right now is without a doubt the best time to cut your cable. I know that the holidays can be a very busy time of the year. But, with all the craziness usually comes a few days off from work. If you’ve got a day or two to spend relaxing at home, then this will be the perfect opportunity to get things setup. You can install your new devices and have some time to test out the different streaming services and get things figured out. Best of all, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new TV watching experience with the whole family!
Give the gift of cord cutting this year.
And finally….”tis” the season of giving after all. If you are having a hard time coming up with that perfect gift idea, why not get “a gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year”. No, I’m not talking about the Jelly of the Month Club! I’m talking about the gift of Cord Cutting. Wrap up a Mohu antenna or Roku and give it to your spouse or relative that’s been leery of this whole “no cable” thing. Complete the gift with a Sling TV gift card so you’ve got everything you need to start the cableless lifestyle on Christmas morning.
So what do you guys think? Is this holiday season going to be the best time for you to finally cut your cable?
Dan Vuchenich is a cord cutter, blogger, and engineer who started getcableless.com with a mission to provide helpful guides, the latest cord cutting news, and one-on-one support to help you watch TV without cable! You can keep up to date with him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.