One of the benefits of living in Northshore, Chattanooga is that my wifi downloads one gigabit per second. (You can read more about it here.) And since my wifi is included in my rent. I decided to forgo cable. I have only been cable-less for a week, but I wanted to share my experience thus far.
Must-have streaming devices:
1. Apple TV ($69-$149)
I have an iPhone, Macbook Pro, and Mini iPad so naturally, I bought an Apple TV to stream my favorite shows and movies.
2. Chromecast ($35)
The main downside of the Apple Tv is the financial investment. I put my Apple TV in the living area and then the Chromecast in my bedroom. Also, with Chromecast, you can stream movies and shows from Googleplay. Googleplay has much more reasonable prices than iTunes.
Must-have subscription services:
As someone who has the luxury to work from home, I usually have the TV on in the background while I am working. Luckily, Food Network and HGTV have plenty of shows available for streaming. I have recently become addicted to “Master Chef Junior”. The kids are so polite and sweet to each other… I wish adults would behave like the junior chefs.
Hulu is also great because they have new episodes of my favorite shows available to stream the day after the episode airs (looking at your shows, Shonda Rhimes). Also, Hulu now has exclusive rights to “The Mindy Project”.
Netflix was created for binge-watching. Seasons upon seasons and tons of great movies. Plus it gives you access to Netflix original series (BTW, if you have Netflix, you need to watch “Master of None” ASAP).
3. HBO Now
Because I need Game of Thrones! HBO Now also has a great movie selection and access to all past HBO shows.
Some downsides of not having live TV:
In the south, watching College Football is almost as important as attending church. Luckily, I live within walking distance of restaurants that have the Tennessee game playing most Saturdays. My main issue with not being able to watch the game at home is that I love to make tailgating snacks. I guess I will be making them to-go for the rest of this season.
Having working on a national campaign while in college, I am a political news junkie. I can read headlines and stream clips but not being able to watch the debates in real time has been challenging for me. Major FOMO (fear of missing out).
Not having cable has made me more aware of the TV shows that I consume. Even though I mainly have shows stream in the background, I find that I am much more intentional with what I watch because I have to pick each show rather than just picking a channel.
Are you thinking of dropping your cable company? Let me know your thoughts!