Cord Cutting

How Can I "Go Dark" and Eliminate Cable TV?

Chromebook

Episode 1648

Risa from Orange County, CA

Risa wants to "go dark" and eliminate her cable access. She wants to know if a Chromebook will work to replace her computer. Leo says a Chromebook is great for a lot of online applications. Leo says she can cut the cord with her cable company, but if she's using the internet from that same company, she will likely have to pay more if she plans on streaming. But if she is planning on getting a landline, then she could get DSL internet access.

Scott Wilkinson ... streamed

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1644

Scott joins Leo to talk about content creator intent vs. consumer choice. Netflix is doing a trial run on playing back movies at up twice the normal speed. Leo says that Lisa listens to books at that speed. She gets more read that way.

But Scott says that directors are really up in arms over it, saying it alters the creative intent of the movie. It works in audio, because of pitch shifting. But for Video, well Leo says it makes the actors look like the Keystone cops.

How Can I DVR TV OTA?

Fire TV Recast, over-the-air DVR, 500 GB, 75 hours

Episode 1640

Von from Columbus, IN

Von recently cut the cord and would like to use an antenna with a DVR. What can he use that doesn't require the internet? Rich says that Amazon Fire TV Recast can be set up with the internet and then disconnected. Trouble is, he has to do it over and over again every few weeks. TIVO may work for weeks without connecting to the internet. Rich says that TMobile has a new Internet for everyone's service.

Leo usually recommends ChannelMaster. 

Can I Get TV from an Antenna Anymore?

AntennaWeb.org

Episode 1612

Hans from Los Angeles, CA

Hans has cut the cable, and now he wants to get an antenna and get his TV that way. Leo says that modern TVs can handle it because they have their own tuner, but he'll need the right antenna and adapter. Check out AntennaWeb.org and TVFool.com. Both will tell him what he'll need for the area and where to point the antenna.  Since Hans is in LA, he can point his antenna towards Mount Wilson and get a large portion of channels, and with uncompressed HD too.

Is the Fire TV Stick Great Alternative to Satellite Service?

FireTV Stick 4K

Episode 1583

Gloria from North Hollywood, California

Gloria wants to know if the Fire TV stick is a good deal for cutting the cord. Rich recommends the Fire TV Stick 4K because it's the best option and it's only $10 more. Then he recommends also picking up the Fire TV Recast for the local channels. However, Gloria will need an antenna or subscribe to DirecTV Now for those local channels, minus KTLA. 

How can I Cut the Cord?

FireTV Recast

Episode 1582

Tony from Huntington Beach, CA

Tony is tired of paying so much for cable and wants to cut the cord. How can he do it and get the same amount of programming?  Rich says that cord-cutting is the most popular question he gets, but it isn't' all that easy.  Even when consumers succeed, they end up paying as much or more for programming with subscriptions that they add ala carte. Also, a lot of TV programming require a log in for a cable or satellite service, etc.

What's the Best Over-the-Air DVR?

TiVO

Episode 1577

Mike from Long Beach, CA

Mike is thinking of getting an over-the-air DVR and antenna. What's the best one to get? Leo says he's a TiVO fan, but it is the priciest option out there. There's also ChannelMaster, which is a nice OTA and they don't charge for the TV Guide. Silicon Dust also makes the HD Home Run. But Leo is a fan of TiVO because it lets him ad-skip. 

As for Antennas, check out TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org.

How Can I Cut my Cable Subscription and Still Watch TV?

 AT&T

Episode 1574

Mike from Corona, CA

Mike has AT&T for all his services. But his rate just doubled. So he's looking for an alternative. Leo says to just call them up and tell them he is leaving unless he gets a better deal. Cord cutting is not really cutting the cable if they also provide internet and often they'll raise the rate because he is not using their cable service. In general, he doesn't really save when he adds in Netflix, Hulu, and then gets live TV from a streaming service like YouTubeTV or Sling.