Cutting the Cord

By The I.T. Guy

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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.

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Publisher's Note

Mixing Traditions

It is no cliché. New Orleans has a wonderful mix of traditions that add to the charm of this amazing city. With the holidays in full-swing, we can enjoy holiday-centered, free events like simple walks around traditional neighborhoods to see the elaborate Christmas decorations, Caroling in Jackson Square, attending the gospel and jazz concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church, watching the technological light display during Luna Fête, and visiting the beautifully decorated hotel lobbies in town, among others.

 There is one tradition in Louisiana that is so unique and that I hope to experience this year: The Bonfires on the Levee. Just thinking about seeing the pyres, the fireworks display and its reflection on the river during a cold night and having a warm drink while learning about this tradition from our River Parishes' neighbors sounds like an amazing way to soak in some of the culture around us.

Though the original purpose of the bonfires is unconfirmed, fitting the storyline of Papa Noel following the lights on a pirogue being pulled down river by alligators to deliver presents is such a tale. It involves a mix of many elements that are unique to the culture that has shaped the city of New Orleans.

I just love being able to experience different traditions and learning about the ways diverse groups of people who have made New Orleans their home, celebrate the holidays

Happy Holidays!