SideReel's Guide to Cord-Cutting

cord-cutting

Need a fast and easy way to compare cord-cutting strategies? Take a look at how we think Ilana Wexler, Jake Peralta, and Olivia Pope would take on the challenge.

Cost/Quality

Ilana Wexler
(Broad City)

  • 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 she’s addicted to; doesn’t mind waiting a week or two for them to become available online
  • Willing to go to a friend’s (or stranger's) house to guarantee access to live events in case of poor antenna reception
  • May not own a TV; wants to watch it all on her computer

Our combo for Ilana:

Hardware: Antenna
Subscriptions: Hulu & Netflix

Jake Peralta
(Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

  • 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
  • As a baseball nut, he’s fine with spending money for MLB’s all-access package during baseball season
  • Owns a TV and wants to be able to watch streaming content on it

Our combo for Jake:

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

Olivia Pope
(Scandal)

  • Wants everything; cost is no object; cable is not sacrificed
  • 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
  • Wants all sports options available for special guests to enjoy
  • Owns a cable-connected TV in the living room and may want streaming access in other parts of the house

Our combo for Olivia:

Hardware: Cable, Apple TV & Amazon Fire Stick
Subscriptions: Netflix & Amazon Prime

Our Top Combinations for Each

Hardware: Antenna

Hardware: Antenna & Roku or Chromecast

Hardware: Cable, Apple TV & Amazon Fire Stick

Subscriptions: Hulu & Netflix

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

Subscriptions: Netflix & Amazon Prime