Cord & Scissors

We Cut the Cord

We are in the process of cutting the cord. Yesterday, I changed Internet providers. Today I will be terminating our current Internet provider & our cable TV. We will now have fiber optic (Fios) at 150Mbps up and down.

Over the last several weeks, we have tested SlingTV, YouTubeTV, Hulu, & DirectvNow, utilizing the 7-day free trial that each provides. We decided on DirectVNow.DirecTvNow & Roku

  • It has more channels that we watch and require.
  • It has all the major networks with local outlets.
  • It has a good guide and is easier to change channels.
  • It is very reasonable, as the lowest tier suits us at $35 per month.
  • There was also an offer for a $25 per month savings for the 1st 3 months. ($10 per month)

We already had 2 Roku boxes, one for each TV, so setting up DirectTvNow was a breeze. One benefit that we had not planned on or required, is that the DirecTvNow has an App. While there is a limit of 2 devices using it at a time, we can stream the TV to the Roku boxes, our Android phones, our Chromebooks, or our iPad, no matter where we are, if there is adequate wi-fi.

This service also includes several local stations. Although not all are in our immediate area, they are close enough to call local and represent all of the major networks. They include:

  • ABC WFTS Ch 28 Tampa
  • ABC WFTV Ch 09 Orlando
  • ABC WWSB Ch 7 Sarasota
  • CBS WTSB Ch 10 Tampa
  • FOX WOLF Ch 35 Orlando
  • NBC WESH Ch 2 Orlando
  • My65 WRBW Ch 65 Orlando

My upload & download speedsThe introductory Internet cost is $40 a month (plus taxes) for a year. Hopefully, at the end of the 1st year, we can get some savings from the actual $80 per month that they charge. For now, we are saving about $100 per month. While streaming TV is not quite as simple to use as cable TV, it will become easier as we get familiar with it.

A DVR was in our requirements, but DirecTvNow does not yet have one. I have been reading that it has been in beta and very close to being released. It will be a DVR in the cloud and the reports are saying that 20 hours of storage will be available for free.

I will keep you up-to-date as I progress with this huge change in our TV viewing.