SideReel's Guide to Cord-Cutting

cord-cutting

Need a fast and easy way to compare cord-cutting (or keeping!) strategies? Take a look at how we think Charlie Kelly, Jess Day, and Lucious Lyon would take on the challenge.

Cost/Quality

Charlie Kelly
(It's Always Sunny)

  • Doesn’t want cable and entertainment funds are limited
  • Subscription range: $10-30 per month
  • 1-time hardware investment: $100 total
  • Wants to watch the few shows he’s addicted to; doesn’t mind waiting a week or two for them to become available online
  • Willing to go to a friend’s house or a bar to guarantee access to live events in case of poor antenna reception
  • May not own a TV; wants to watch it all on his computer

Our combo for Charlie:

Hardware: Antenna
Subscriptions: Hulu (Paid) & Netflix

Jessica Day
(New Girl)

  • Doesn’t want cable, but willing to shell out a few extra dollars for little luxuries
  • Subscription range: $30-70 per month
  • 1-time hardware investment: $150 total
  • Wants to stay current with the hottest cable shows ASAP after they air
  • A baseball nut, she’s cool with spending money for MLB’s all-access package during baseball season, but doesn’t care about live access to other sports
  • Owns a TV and wants to be able to watch streaming content on it

Our combo for Jess:

Hardware: Antenna & Roku or Chromecast
Subscriptions: Hulu (Paid) OR Sling TV, Netflix, 1-2 shows on iTunes, and MLB.tv

Lucious Lyon
(Empire)

  • Wants everything; cost is no object; cable is a given
  • Subscription range (including cable): >$70 per month
  • 1-time hardware investment: >$150
  • Wants access to all shows/channels live, plus their online streams for travel
  • Invites everyone over to watch sports every weekend, no matter the season
  • Owns a cable-connected TV in the living room and may want streaming access in other parts of the house

Our combo for Lucious:

Hardware: Cable, Apple TV & Amazon Fire Stick
Subscriptions: Cable & premium channels and sports packages

Our Top Combinations for Each

Hardware: Antenna

Hardware: Antenna & Roku or Chromecast

Hardware: Cable, Apple TV & Amazon Fire Stick

Subscriptions: Hulu (Paid) & Netflix

Subscriptions: Hulu (Paid) OR Sling TV, Netflix, 1-2 shows on iTunes, and MLB.tv