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Cutting the Cord

By The I.T. Guy

Click para español ->Cortando el cable

In today's world, having Cable TV at home does not seem like a viable option anymore. Instead, having high-speed Internet has become a "must" for average households in America.

It was not long ago when Cable TV exclusively provide at-home entertainment. Everyone's wish was to have the fanciest Cable TV package to have access to their favorite shows or sports events. Those days are long gone! Nowadays, consumers can purchase off-the-air antennas (OTA) to receive open broadcast television channels from the airwaves. In the Metropolitan New Orleans area, an OTA can pick up roughly 45 local channels, three of them being Spanish broadcast stations.

Cable TV is usually offered at high monthly prices, especially if a person opts for the premium packages. The streaming era has made it difficult for Cable TV providers to keep their customers hooked. For some time, they have been trying desperately to keep       their customers by creating bundle packages with cable, telephone, and Internet services at lower prices prevent customers from

"cutting the cord".

There are ways to keep yourself entertained at home. A convenient setup for those to decide to forgo the cable bill is simply purchasing an OTA antenna and pairing it with a streaming device such as the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, or even a Smart TV. With such a set-up, you can easily watch almost everything and feel as if you had a full Cable TV package.

The biggest downfall of "cutting the cord" is getting reliable sports programming. Sports broadcasters have managed to keep Cable TV alive by getting exclusive rights at a hefty price for sports events. Even though some digital platforms have gained access to major sports contracts, they won't be able to push broadcasters aside anytime soon.

Streaming sports events is also difficult because of its live nature, fast-moving camera shots, the use of elaborate animations and the need for a national reach.

Depending on the Internet to get all your programming content will require your investment in a reliable high-speed connection, which may come at a high price and can be an issue for some. However, eliminating that burdensome Cable TV bill offsets that cost.

At the end of the day, if you are not an extreme sports fan, cutting the cord is the way to go. Eventually, television content will be streaming-only. Let's just hope the price for Internet service fees go down.

The I.T. Guy

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Publisher's Note

There is an idea that most Latino immigrants who come here lack education, and thus are bound to perform jobs that require more physical abilities than intellectual ones.

The laborers usually receive a negative stigma, even though the United States society requires these types of jobs to function properly. It is important to us to remember there is dignity in any job. 

In our Líders section, we feature Mari Alejos-Puente, an entrepreneur who is succeeding in the cosmetics’ industry. She graduated from Tulane University and Xavier University and she told me how her mother and her grandmother  were part of the cleaning crews at these institutions, respectively, and how proud they were to see her obtain her undergrad and master degrees.

It is a beautiful thing when you know ladies like this mother and grandmother work hard to give a better life to their children. I wanted to mention this as a side note, because it is important to highlight their efforts, just as much as the effort of the highly skilled professionals we are featuring in our cover story.

In our cover we feature three Latin American physicians who are giving individuals a second chance in life with through their commitment and work at the Ochsner Transplant Institute.

Let his note be a reminder that Latinos, in every field, are providing their skills, talent, and sacrifices every day to make the United States a culturally and economically stronger society.

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