What does “cutting the cord” mean to you?
For most people, there’s a financial reason to get rid of traditional cable or satellite TV packages. You’ve seen the cost creep up with no end in sight. There are so many channels you just never watch. At some point, it just doesn’t feel worth it anymore.
When that tipping point happens, there are three choices.
- Switch to streaming video as a cable replacement
- Switch to an antenna for local channels and streaming video for other networks
- Rely 100% on an antenna
Streaming Video as a Cable Replacement
This is the core of what Streaming Installers does. Our solutions focus on reducing your monthly bill, getting better Internet service, and moving to a more satisfying TV experience.
We think this is the best solution for customers who …
- Have a TV and Internet bill that’s around $200 a month or more and want to bring it closer to $110 a month.
- Want to watch local TV channels and quality TV networks.
- Want better options for viewing and recording TV.
- Want simplicity when it comes to watching TV.
- Have 2-6 TVs in a home.
- Have access to Internet service at 100 Mbps or more.
- Have a vacation home.
- Need a tech support person in their life.
If three or more of these apply to you, Streaming Installers can help you move to a better TV experience today. Details on our costs can be found here. Send us an email, give us a call, or book a free phone consultation today.
Combo of Antenna and Streaming Services
Using an antenna alongside a variety of streaming services is a popular option for people who want to do a lot of research and customize a solution for themselves.
This route is for the advanced hobbyist who values options and choices. In the end, the person will get a system that relies on multiple devices, remotes, and services to watch TV.
In addition to an antenna (covered below), you’ll need to find streaming services and devices that cover your needs.
From a device perspective, you’ll want to look at products such as a Smart TV, Tivo, Nvidia Shield TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and many others. There are many options to pick from and the cost of these will range from $30-$200.
In terms of services, there are even more ways to go. But there are three main choices.
One is centered on content from a specific provider like Netflix, Disney+, Peacock, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime Video. You’ll find both original programming and some aggregated programming. The cost varies but is usually in the $10-$15 a month range. These are often added to any solution.
The second path focuses on programming from multiple sources and delivering it to you. This is comparable to a replacement for cable TV. The most common examples are Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling, Philo, fuboTV, DIRECTV Stream, and Apple TV+. The cost can range from $5-$75 per month.
The third path is very specific downloadable apps for individual TV networks. There are hundreds to choose from. Some are free, some have a nominal monthly fee. These are also added to just about any solution.
The Antenna Solution
Some people choose to cut the cord completely and get an antenna. There are many more over-the-air channels than there ever used to be.
The upside with an antenna is the programs are free. You’ll probably get a good selection of primary networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS) and secondary networks (CW, MyNetwork, Bounce, Comet, Cozi, etc.) Depending on your antenna and location, expect 20-40 channels. Though more or less can happen.
However, there are costs with antennas and a few downsides.
First, you’ll need to determine if an indoor antenna will do the job or you’ll need to install an outdoor antenna. With an indoor antenna, likely you won’t get all the available channels, especially with the flat panel antennas that are commonly used. Each TV is probably going to need an antenna. And then there’s the unattractive flat panel you need to stick on the wall. Overall satisfaction with this path is usually pretty low. The cost for each indoor antenna is usually $25-$60.
An outdoor antenna can work great, especially the omnidirectional versions. You may need a qualified installer or be quite handy to get the antenna on the roof and run a cable to all your TVs. The cost can vary quite a bit and you can find deals if you look hard enough. In general, installation for one TV is about $300 and the antenna itself will range from $30-$300.
To record over-the-air programs, you’ll need a DVR like a Tivo or Tablo. Both offer subscription models that bring out all the features of the devices. Devices cost in the $150-$300 range and the monthly subscription ranges from $5-$15.