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Cut the Cord: All You Need to Know to Drop Cable [Kindle Edition]

Janko Roettgers
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tired of paying $100 or more for cable every month? Would you like to cancel or cut back on your pay TV subscription, but are afraid you’ll miss out on any of your favorite shows? Want to watch Netflix or Hulu on your big screen TV, but unsure of what device to buy?

Then look no further, because this indispensible guide from consumer entertainment and technology expert Janko Roettgers will guide you through the process to finally freeing yourself of high-priced pay TV subscriptions while still getting all your favorite video entertainment on your TV. Cut the Cord: All You Need to Know to Drop Cable & Free Your TV tells you in easy to understand language how to get your favorite TV shows, movies, news and sports without cable, while arming you with all the information you’ll need to pick from the variety of devices available, whether it’s Apple TV, Google TV, Roku or some other offering. Each section is jam-packed with tips and tricks from the experts, including links to videos and other resources online.

Janko Roettgers has been reviewing devices and services that help you to get rid of or curtail your cable expenses for more than five years, and he has compiled the best ones in this e-book. His clear, approachable style of writing helps to you find the best solution for your personal TV viewing needs, whether you’re an avid Apple user with a hunger for the latest tech or a self-professed computer illiterate who would just like to save a few bucks.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: GigaOM Books; 1 edition (June 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088NQEFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Overview July 30, 2012
As someone who has dabbled in alternatives to traditional cable over the years, I enjoyed the very comprehensive overview in this e-book. I've played around with many of the options it talks about, but not to the depth and breadth the author has. He's uncovered nuggets of functionality that I never knew existed and explored areas that I've only heard about. If he has favorites, you wouldn't really know, as he does an excellent job providing broad coverage of different brands and options. I learned new things in just about every chapter and especially enjoyed the "Product in a nutshell" summaries. I'd recommend the book even just for the summaries! He also provides live links throughout the book to get more information which makes the e-book more of a living document that can be continually referenced.

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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful! August 6, 2012
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I bought this book several days ago and read it at once. I'd been considering cutting out cable TV. I don't begrudge the small cost of this ebook, which is up to date, informative, and brings a great deal of useful information together. You might find some or even most of the information by a lot of online searching, but I'm happy to have it in one book, by an author who seems to know the subject in depth.

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.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is long overdue! June 11, 2012
I am not particularly tech-savvy so I was a little wary about how clear this book would *really* be, but it is GREAT! I really wish it had been available when my husband and I decided to disconnect our Direct TV, which we were very unhappy with. Luckily I have someone in my family who is very intuitive with computers and he was able to figure out how to hook up ROKU (which this book explains well) so that we could begin to watch movies and shows after we "cut the cord" (or in our case, removed the dish from our roof.) If this book would have been available when we made the switch, I'm convinced I could have done it myself. This is no small feat coming from someone who barely knows how to copy and paste in a word document and gets hives when I try to use Excel! The book is clear and well-worth the very reasonable price. I highly recommend it. Believe me--you won't miss the cable companies, who refuse to offer "a la carte" viewing packages that most people want and you will LOVE having almost no commercials (Hulu has a couple but they are tolerable and Netflix has NONE!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am Cable Free September 10, 2012
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After Reading this Book I became Cable Free. I had an old PC tower hooked up to my HD TV, but I was still paying for basic cable. The tip about KyLO changed all that, no more squinting and It had all my sites fav in one location. I do agree that you should chart you viewing befor cutting the cord. Other wise you may end up going through withdraws. I like the idea of hooking up an old PC tower insted of going out and buying one. How meny of us have one sitting in the corner collecting dust. Why pay for a ruko or Boxee. A used or Referb will allso do the trick The remote can be ordered from sears. I tryed Best Buy and Radio Shack but they did'nt know what the F I was talking about. We are at the tip of a new age of TV viewing I hope who ever reads will join in.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spares you searching for info all over the internet September 12, 2012
By Yasue
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I've watched/read this author's ideas and opinions on GigaOm and have always liked the way he presents info, so I took the plunge and bought this short book. I have to say, I already had gathered most of the info on my own, but it took me a about a month to get the information presented here sorted out. Even though I didn't learn anything Earth shattering, I'm glad I bought this, since it gives me one easy way to revisit the info as I try to help free friends from cable slavery. I might even gift it to a few people as well, so they will have it on hand for future reference. Bonus points for the links inside the book that will help you stay somewhat up to date.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very good, but no longer up to date
Good info, but does not include Google Chrome cast or the new Amazon device. The summary of the web services was helpful.
Published 2 months ago by David Buster
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the Links
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 more
Published 8 months ago by Book Fiend
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok - better info on web
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 more
Published 9 months ago by D. Jordan
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
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 13 months ago by Paul Sposite
4.0 out of 5 stars It Did the Trick
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 more
Published 14 months ago by L. Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Info
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 more
Published 14 months ago by reviewer in Maryland
1.0 out of 5 stars OMG--Does this call A book?
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 15 months ago by Kinam Han
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
It explained the different devices where I could understand. I since have cut the cable cord. I don't have to pay that bill anymore.
Published 15 months ago by Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars Little Information
Not much information relative to what is available from a Google search.
Needs an update and recommend coverage of alternate hardware options.
Published 16 months ago by Dr. J. R. Huddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool
Gave many great tips, websites to look at and Apps to download for my new Roku box. I can't say I dropped cable, but that was my personal choice and I see where one easily could... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marilyn Boesch
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