- File Size: 2767 KB
- Print Length: 96 pages
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- Publisher: GigaOM Books; 1 edition (June 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0088NQEFQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cut the Cord: All You Need to Know to Drop Cable Kindle Edition
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If there is one negative, it wouldn't be about the book, but rather that the book highlights the politics and money involved in licensing rights and content ownership. I wish that the content owners cared as much about getting their content to paying consumers as they were in protecting their relationships with traditional brick and mortar dinosaurs like Comcast, Verizon, etc.
Overall, an excellent (and quick) read and something that everyone who is fed up with $200 monthly cable/satellite bills should own.
After reading this book and investigating some of the resources it cites, I made the big decision. Today I took the HD/DVR boxes back to the cable company, and stopped all the cable TV service to my home. I'd already owned some streaming-to-TV devices (Roku boxes, and a DVD player with wired internet connectivity) and used them to watch videos from Netflix and Amazon, so I'm not in entirely new territory. But this book helped me to find other resources in case I need other sources than my two standbys (Netflix and Amazon) for a show I really want to watch. Most importantly it helped me to feel comfortable with this new adventure. I've reminded myself today that I lived many years before having cable (or dish) TV, and somehow managed just fine. I think I'll be OK now too.
The only thing I wish he had put more emphasis on is that getting free over-the-air TV can be tricky at best, based on where you live. I like that he included a link to help you check your potential over-the-air signal strength. My only issue is this: I think his description of hooking up an antenna in this book made it seem a little easier than it will be for the majority of people outside of a major metropolitan area. The website he links will give you an idea of what you might get, however, even those sites are not 100% accurate either--mostly due to how antenna companies try to market their products. (The latter is certainly no fault of the author, but it is vital knowledge)
For example, I live in a medium sized city and we only have one local major network and a music channel to tune into with an indoor antenna. The next nearest city has several channels, but those are 50+ miles away. Based on the website he linked --and the way antennas are marketed-- it seems like we should be able to use a "boosted" indoor antenna.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want a quick read and one that covers the bases and basics, this is a decent book to think about strategies for cutting the cable bill.Published 2 months ago by Dan Rogers
This is a great way to prepare for saying good-by to cable television. Even though I honestly didn't even understand it all, I felt supported in my goal to find affordable... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elaine Ebright
Good info, but does not include Google Chrome cast or the new Amazon device. The summary of the web services was helpful.Published 20 months ago by David Buster
This is a useful guide and did provide some information that I didn't have, but most of this information was very basic for anyone looking into dropping cable. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Book Fiend
Decent book, helped a bit, but didn't provide enough information. So, did some searching on the web and found this site on a message board: [... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by D. Jordan
DON'T PURCHASE THIS EBOOK... Do a google on cutting the cord and get more information than the book offers. I cut the cord years ago and was hoping to learn more, NOT!Published on June 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was eager to drop cable, but confused by all of the options. This clarified everything. I dropped cable within a day of buying the book and have been very happy with the... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by L. Marie
A comprehensive look at all the available ways to get TV content without a cable subscription. There is good advice not only for those looking to cut the cord, but for those of us... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by reviewer in Maryland
So disappointed. This might be helpful someone who never heard of Youtube,Netflix,Hulu, Xbox Wii etc. If you already used any of them, Don't buy this book.Published on May 3, 2013 by Kinam Han
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