If you’ve got cable, chances are you’re paying for a whole bunch of channels you never watch—these four apps and sites will help you cut the cord and save.
OPEN: Hi, I’m Netted’s Charlie Kaplan, and this is Netted Does
INTRO: There’s the good kind of package deal – Beyonce and Jay, guac and chips – and then there’s the kind that could do for a, let’s say, conscious uncoupling. Your cable package is one of those. Luckily, we’ve got five tools to help you get the TV you want, and none of what you don’t.
First, consult Slate’s Cord Cutting Calculator, to find out whether dropping cable and switching to streaming services will actually save you money. Give it an idea of what you need to watch (Live NBA games, House of Cards, Fixer Upper on HGTV… don’t judge me), and it’ll calculate if the costs of streaming the essentials exceeds keeping your cable box.
If you do decide to jump ship, Pluto.tv will make your new, cordless reality feel like home. Stream over 100 channels on your tablet, desktop, phone – wherever – for free, and keep the ability to flip around through channels to find what you want to watch.
Maybe you’re the type to subscribe to multiple streaming apps. Kudos to you for keeping your options open! Good luck finding the show you want across all those sites without Yidio, which finds where the show you want to watch is streaming and takes you right there.
Same goes for Documentary Heaven, which hosts documentaries from around the web.
With apps as good as these, it’ll be less a cord-cutting and more a ribbon-cutting.
OUTRO: I’m Charlie Kaplan, and this is Netted Does.