Cutting the cable cord is not just a concept anymore it's a reality. In 2012 18% of parents polled at Parent Magazine had already cut the cord, and major national retailers like Best Buy are promoting cord-cutting solutions. It makes sense, considering the average American cable bill in 2012 was an estimated $69 - $86 dollars per month, which translates to around $1000 spent on TV per year. How do you know if you're ready to cut the cord? Here's a quick guide to help you figure it out.
If you are satisfied with the content from services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video, you're all set to cut the cord. For a more robust cord cutting experience, add PlayOn and PlayLater to the mix. PlayOn will add more than 100 online channels-like CNN, Comedy Central, CBS, Disney and Redbox Instant-for you to stream to you TV and mobile devices. With PlayOn you will also be able to watch Hulu on your TV or mobile device without a subscription to Hulu Plus. And with PlayLater you can record all this and take it on the go.
You Might be Ready
There's currently no robust cord-cutting solution for Mac users, but check out Apple TV for some added channels and flexibility. Or, if you run Windows on your Mac with Boot Camp or Parallels, you can beef up your cord-cutting experience with PlayOn and PlayLater.
The average cable package costs $69 to $86 per month - that's more than $1000 per year - and prices are expected to hit $200 per month by 2020. It might make sense for you to consider your viewing habits and cord-cutting options. Our Show Finder can help you find out which of your favorites you can stream.