It's a new year, and along with that come new resolutions. One of them on your to-do list might involve determining if you could - or would - cut the cord to pay-for-cable TV. This has been harder for some folks to do than others - namely, sports fans.
Last week's CES (Consumer Electronics Show) illustrated that the cord-cutting tipping point is here. For those who have been unable or unwilling to cut the cord previously, largely due to sports channels and movie channels, a new service called Sling TV offers a collection of streaming channels - including sports - for $20 per month.
I cut the cable cord two years ago, and for me, it has been relatively easy. I watch lots of documentaries, I get my news online, and I love PBS programming. That said, I've been able to find all the shows I love through a simple combination of Hulu and Netflix, with PBS online to round it it.
If this is something you're considering, I say - go for it. Often, depending on your market area, if there is competition, you'll see great promotions from cable providers to woo you back into the fold if it doesn't work out. If it does, you might end up saving quite a bit of money.
Slate magazine has created a great little cable-cutting calculator that allows you to populate your cable costs, internet costs, and what you might want in terms of online viewing choices. The handy calculator tallies up the expenses and tells you at a glance exactly how much you might stand to save by cutting the cord!