How to Cut Cable’s Cord to Stream TV
If you are still hooked on cable and it’s working for you, by all means, do what feels right. But here are a few reasons why you should consider cutting the cord and switching over to streaming your TV full-time.
Why should you cut the cord?
- Potential Savings: If you do it right, you can save a lot more money than if you stick with cable. However, keep in mind that with all of the streaming options, the price can rack up quickly.
- Variety of Content On-Demand: there is so much content out there for you to stream. And, you can have everything on your own time.
How do you go about cutting the cord in a smart way? By doing a few things:
1. Check your internet speed – is it streaming-ready?
To stream, you need a solid internet connection. Make sure that your WiFi speeds and connection are fast enough to support video streaming. If you need to boost your signal and speed, Actiontec’s MoCA adapters and extenders will do the trick. They establish a reliable connection and deliver consistent speeds up to 1 Gbps (which you will need once 5G and WiFi 6 are here).
At this point, you will probably be working with Mbps, though. So, you want to look for a range. At a minimum, you want 5 Mbps to stream high-definition (HD) video. However, if you are looking for higher definition, like 4K or Ultra HD, then you want speeds around 25 Mbps or faster. If you have a household that will be streaming multiple videos at a one time, 50-100 Mbps is a safe range. You can learn more about WiFi speeds in this article.
2. Know the hardware you are working with
If you are going to cut the cord and get rid of cable, then that means you will get rid of your cable box. However, just because you are streaming doesn’t mean you are going hardware-free. Instead, you will need an over-the-top box (OTT) to replace the cable box. (Unless you have a smart TV that acts as the streaming device itself). Some options for OTT boxes are:
- Apple TV
- Amazon’s Fire TV
- Google’s Chromecast
All of these OTT boxes connect to your home network router via Ethernet cable (for stability) or WiFi. With Actiontec’s MyWirelessTV2 and MoCA adapter products, you can facilitate streaming TV to any TV. They give the reliable connection with fast speeds required for seamless video streaming.
3. Cut the cord
The final step.
When you know that your internet speed and home network is strong, and all of your hardware is in place, you are ready to cut the cord from your cable provider.
The first thing to do is make sure that you have switched to a new internet service provider (ISP) if you need to. Arrange for your service to be set up a few days before you decided to drop your cable. Make sure it is working and is fast enough.
Doing these things will help you transition into streaming your TV full time. Chances are, you won’t look back.