Ok so I just found out about this sub and started looking around. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and wanted to share my personal situation and see if any of y’all with experience here can help me out. Either by shooing me away or helping relieve some of this anxiety from all this information haha. I never realized cordcutting was this complex. So this might be a long read but if you can get through it and offer some advice I’d appreciate it.
Ok so me and my wife have Comcast for our internet and cable. We pay $175 a month for cable with 150MB Blast internet and HBO. I was thinking that things would be much cheaper once cutting the cord but after looking around and seeing everything has monthly fees, I feel like we may be going through all this work just to end up paying almost the same monthly prices in the long run anyway. Is cord cutting even worth it?
So first I guess I will start breaking things down by what we want to watch. We are big New Orleans Saints football fans so catching every game in the highest possible quality is a must. My wife likes watching Young and the Restless, food network, and dancing with the stars. Those are her must haves. We have twin 3 year olds so Disney junior is a staple in our household as well. Other things are random shows like the Orville, Vikings, This Is Us, etc. And that’s pretty much it as far as I can think of right now. So I’m not sure exactly which apps I would need to watch these things properly without having a thousand different monthly subscriptions to things.
We have a 4K samsung smart TV, a PS4, and my computer is hooked up to my tv, since I use it to do VR gaming on the Valve Index. I was looking at the Firestick 4K or the fire box top, then I saw a lot of people just use HTPC’s or even their PS4’s. Since my computer is connected to my TV already would this be a better option for me? The only think about that is how easy it is for my wife to use. I don’t know how much she’d like going browsing my computer to watch tv. I think she would prefer a traditional remote control sitting on the sofa kind of experience when wanting to watch tv.
My wife also doesn’t have time to watch her shows live so having a way to record them for later use or having an on demand option is a must have as well. That way she can watch them whenever she wants.
So I guess that about sums up what equipment we have and what we are looking to achieve. If I’ve missed something or you need any more info from me please let me know. Given all this, what do you think would be the best options for us? Would it be simpler and cheaper for us to just stick with comcast or should we look into cordcutting?
And if we do look into cordcutting what exactly are we getting into? Will we be needing an antenna and a bunch of different monthly subscriptions to watch the things we need? Will we be spending a lot on different equipment to be able to watch all the things we want and record things to watch later. It seems overly complicated to just save a little bit of money. Is it really worth all the hassle and all the different bits of equipment and complexity of viewing to save this amount monthly? And is there anything you see I may have missed mentioning or didn’t think about in this whole process?
Thanks for any insight and advice you’re able to offer. Sorry if all these questions are stupid and things that are answered constantly. I’m just feeling a little overwhelmed and not sure where to even start. As a beginner cordcutter I appreciate any and all advice!