Start Here to Get Rid of Cable

Why Get Rid of Cable?

  • They Keep Raising My Fees Every Six Months!!
  • I’m Not Watching MOST of the Cable Channels!
  • I’m Renting Cable Boxes, DVRs, and the Modem. This Stuff Adds Up!
  • $160 / mo. for Cable TV?! C’mon Man!!
  • I’m tired of paying my money to ESPN, FoxNews, MSNBC, etc. to promote their agenda to me.

My family was in the same boat. Additionally my children found themselves using their computers and devices (phones, tablets, etc.) interacting with content that they were interested in. They played games, interacted with friends via video games like MineCraft, and watched videos that taught them things they wanted to learn.

Frankly, the internet fulfills the promise of what TV was supposed to be!

What about Live Sports?

There were two words that made me nervous, and may make you nervous too – Live Sports.

If you notice, billionaires like Mark Cuban and Steve Ballmer have acquired sports teams, because they know that content is king. Live sports is the last bastion of collecting money from advertisers.

Watching NFL Games

Watching live NFL is easy because games are broadcast over Over the Air (OTA) TV. Catching that content can be accomplished through the implementation of the Cable Cutting Rig.

The Monday Night Football games are on ESPN. Thursday night football games are on NFL Network. The ESPN games can be watched with a Sling.TV subscription, if desired. I find that a couple of recorded OTA games per week are enough for me.

Watching MLB & NBA

If you are out of your favorite team’s blackout market, you can easily watch your team through MLB.TV or NBA’s League Pass. Both leagues make watching live home games more difficult (to protect their local cable stations and advertisers), but it’s not technically impossible.

The Role of SLING.TV

Sling.TV provides access to ESPN and TBS, and makes for a great option during MLB and NBA playoff time, as well as NFL Monday night football games. I purchased a month’s worth of Sling.TV to watch my Cleveland Indians 2016 playoff and World Series run.

Latest TV Shows

Many new TV shows are still produced by the big four networks and are broadcast OTA. Our cable cutting rig will ensure that you catch, time-shift, and fast forward through commercials of your favorite shows.


If you look closely on your DVR, you will notice that the vast majority of cartoons are repeats. If your children are under 6, they will tend to watch a lot of PBS cartoon content. Why pay a cable bill for cartoons? It is more cost effective to sign up for Amazon Prime and Netflix per month to get some cartoons and stream the rest of the content from PBS Kids. Mix this in with the tried and true DVD purchases (used on Amazon Prime or Ebay) and the DVD rentals from the library, and your children will be happy. Besides, a lot of the Disney and Nickelodeon live action content content is morally questionable that is presented to pre-teens. Teens don’t actually watch it.

History Channel & Discovery Channel

These two channels were made by cable packages. They generate a lot of addicting reality TV. You may be able to find some of these shows from a few years ago on Netflix, and may find the latest shows for pay on Amazon. Take a History Channel and Discovery Channel diet for a year or two as new programming appears on Netflix and Amazon. You won’t miss these shows. They are “filler” content in-between ads. Besides, you have a better option…


You will find that you shift your viewing habits to YouTube over time. You will find cooking instruction, sports highlights, history videos, religion sermons, news, etc. Basically, YouTube will provide much more targeted content to your interests, as it learns your likes and dislikes over time. Add their monthly subscription offering to skip ads.

Call to Action

Take a look at our cable cutting rig to get an idea on how to take action, capture OTA broadcasts, and stream Netflix and Amazon to your TVs.

Tales of a Road Warrior – Watching the Cleveland Browns 760 Miles Away!

With the’s 2017 Cable Cutting Rig I was able to live stream the Cleveland Browns’ first 2017 Preseason game in Hilton Head, SC. The antenna in my attic caught the signal, TabloTV device monitored the signal and streamed it over the internet to the Amazon TV that I brought with me.

On a technical note the TabloTV had to be configured (via one checkbox on the settings page) to provide content over the internet, and my Amazon TV’s TabloTV app had to be paired with the TabloTV once on my local home network.

I set my streaming on TabloTV to 3GB and I had excellent video quality signal 760 miles away from my antenna.

Bundling a ‘Huge Deterrent’ to Cord Cutting?

I call B.S. on this story. More and more people are abandoning the cable box. OTA is rising again, and YouTube content producers are making a ton of cash. What’s REALLY happening is a whole generation of users (those in high school and younger) are consuming content through YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon. You can shift two speed tiers up on your internet cable and decrease your cost by half.

After Cutting the Cable Cord: How to Watch Fox News?

A friend of mine asked me about Fox News viewing options after cutting the cord. Fox News has a very nice¬†app that is available for Amazon Fire TV. All shows seem to be posted a few hours after initial broadcast. Each show is broken down into individual segments and can be scanned through easily or watched consecutively. This is actually a very interesting development in the evolution of content programming. I’m not sure how Fox News actually makes money on this service at this time because there are no commercials. We’re in the 3rd inning of this transition away from cable proper to smart devices and the Internet. Enjoy this commercial-free golden age of programming consumption!

Additionally, Fox News posts their clips on their YouTube channel. As I’ve mentioned before, the family has shifted a considerable amount of time to YouTube. YouTube does inject 15 second commercials periodically and longer commercials that can be skipped after 5 seconds.

Network TV Without Cable

You can absolutely receive network TV broadcasts without cable. It’s interesting that TWO generations simply do not know that this option exists. If you were born between 1988-2010 when cable TV household penetration was at an all time high, you never watched TV via an antenna!

Broadcast TV is still a big business for the five big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and PBS) and the NFL and the NCAA. Over 40% of the content that you currently watch on cable is probably coming from those networks.

Check out our Call to Action to show you how to capture this network content without cable.

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