Cutting the Cord: How to Cancel Your Cable Subscription and Make the Switch to Streaming TV

December 12th, 2019

Streaming TV is taking off and more consumers than ever are making the switch to streaming live TV. With the holiday season right around the corner, give yourself the gift of cutting the cord on cable this year.

To ditch cable and the bills and complications that come with it, you will need a super-fast internet connection. UTOPIA Fiber provides speeds up to 10 Gbps, allowing you to stream live TV with no lag time or buffering.

All you will need is a streaming device and streaming service. Here is a list of streaming devices we recommend:

  • Roku Streaming Stick ($29)
    • Watch movies, TV, live news, sports, and more on the free Roku Channel
    • Stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Pandora, HBO, and more
  • Amazon Prime Stick ($29.99)
    • Stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, Spotify, Pandora, and more
    • Use the Alexa Voice Remote to control movies and TV shows with your voice
  • Apple TV ($149.99)
    • Access to thousands of games and apps
    • Stream content from iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu, ESPN, Netflix, HBO, and more
    • Use Siri to control your device with your voice
  • Google Chromecast ($29.99)
    • Stream content from your Chrome browser right to your TV
    • Stream content from iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu, ESPN, Netflix, HBO, and more

 Once you have your streaming device, you are ready to start streaming. Here are some of our favorite TV streaming services:

  • YouTube TV ($49.99/month- going up to $64.99 August 2020)
    • 70+ live TV channels including local sports and news channels
    • Stream on up to 6 accounts
    • Record live TV with unlimited storage space
  • Sling TV ($30/month)
    • Sling offers two tiers: Blue and Orange
      • Sling Orange has 30 live channels including ESPN, CNN, BBC, AMC, Lifetime, TNT and TBS
      • Sling Blue has 42 live channels and allows you to stream on up to three devices. It does not include all channels included with Sling Orange.
    • Option to add on additional channels or a cloud DVR
  • Hulu + Live TV ($44.99/month)
    • Stream 60+ live TV channels, including news and major sports channels
    • Access to HULU streaming library
    • Record live TV with 50 hours of storage
    • Stream on multiple devices at once

If you don’t have a need for live TV, there are quite a few options for streaming TV and movies through platforms like Netflix, Disney +, HBO NOW, and Amazon Prime Video. If you are located in an urban area, you can use an HD Antenna (~$39.99) to get all four major networks (FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS), as well as up to 10-15 other channels for free.

Making the switch to streaming TV is a great way to save money and hassle during the holidays. All of the streaming platforms we recommend have no contracts and are on month to month terms. Many of them even have a free trial period so you can try them out and pick your favorite platform. This holiday season, kick cable to the curb and cut that cord.