How to cut the cord

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How to cut the cord
Number 5
Broadcast Date February 3 2014
Episode Length 1:18:54
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Nicole Spagnuolo

Brian and Tom welcome Nicole Spganuolo back to a special episode where the three review all the options for cord cutting and which ones they prefer. Get the best streaming services, devices and stuff to watch to make your cord-cutting setup perfect.


Opening Video


  • Internet Connection
  • 5 mbps download speed, can work fine for a single user. If you are looking to have multiple users, 10-25 would be needed to have a seamless experience.
  • Running wired connection to your devices is always preferred over a wireless connection.
  • Check your account to see if you have any bandwidth caps.
  • Always have a few power strips ready to plug in all your devices.
  • OTA: over the air antenna
  • is a great site to find out which antenna will work best in your area.
  • If you are a satellite customer, you can use the mount from your dish to install your OTA and use existing cables to feed the signal to your TV, or pay a company to come out and install it.
  • Depending on your location, you might be able to use an indoor antenna. One you might want to check out is called a Leaf Antenna. It's about $40 and is paper thin, mounts to your wall or with a separate stand, you can have it sit next to your TV.

Signals Intelligence

  • Some networks have their own app or a website, that will let you watch their content on many of your devices. Check to see if they ask for a cable subscription login to view the content.
  • Yidio is a site and app that will show you where you can see network and cable content. It will also let you know if you need cable authentication to watch.
  • Another option is Areo. With Aereo, you can watch real, live TV through a tiny remote antenna you control over the Internet — from home or anywhere in your home coverage area. Check the site to see if it's available in your area.
  • Netflix
  • Hulu (and Hulu Plus)
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Vudu
  • iTunes
  • Crackle
  • Redbox Instant
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Sporting Leagues: MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL
  • HBO Go

Gear Up

Under surveillance

Internet only content

The Decision

Dispatches from the front

@RyAlcott recommends the Netflix documentary Cropsey

A Live streaming story that doesn't involve the Superbowl. The only thing my 7yr son cared about sunday was what the groundhog would say. So my son & I woke up at 6:45am sunday morning to see the coverage of the Ground Hog. after flipping through the news stations it became apparent they were focused on the Superbowl already and were just going to cut real quick to the Groundhog reveal at 7:20. I quickly checked online, found a live stream (link below) of the official coverage, and streamed it to our Apple TV. So we were able to watch the full coverage leading up to the actual reveal. 
I was able to watch what I wanted, not only when & where I wanted. But exactly how I wanted.

I just wanted to report in with my chicken challenge results. This happened a few years ago, when I was still using Comcast (my only option in Atlanta).
After spending two hours on the phone with them, and being transferred to a ""Level 3 support executive"", they offered to let me keep my cable subscription the same, and lower my bill to $35 less than what it would be if I had simply cancelled my cable and went internet only.
I told them I wasn't really interested and just wanted them to cancel my cable service, that's when things got nasty.
They said they would charge a $30 service fee for deactivating my cable account. As well as a $20 equipment return fee, even if I went to their offices and turned the equipment in myself.
After some argument, the rep offered me the $35 discount AND six months of free HBO and Showtime (which I didn't have).
I still cancelled the account and when they tried to charge me their fees, I disputed the charges with my bank. After another chat with their reps, they removed the charges from my account.
Thankfully, I don't live anywhere near a Comcast serviced area anymore.
But the real question here many levels of support hell are there? I only made it to level 3...surely there must be more?"

Love the show and was interested in hearing somebody saving money by buying the DVD's of an early season of Person's of Interest. Well I would like to tell you that I save even more by using the public library. My local library is connected to all other public libraries across my state (South Australia) and I can go online and search for any season of any TV show on bluray or DVD in all of the libraries and then request for that title to be available at my local library for pickup, usually takes only a few days and I receive an email/text to let me know that it is available.
I normally pickup several DVD/Bluray's per week to watch. If I haven't finished watching the titles I just renew them for another 2 weeks. Zero cost to me.



Preceded by:
"You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, Brian."
How to cut the cord
Followed by:
"Get off your apps!"