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

I moved to the United States almost 20 years ago, and as a sports fan, I couldn't stand the fact that I did not understand how American football worked.

It was impossible not to get infected by the passion and the love New Orleanians have for the boys in the Black and Gold, so I made it a point to learn the basics and join the fun of watching the beloved Saints play.

I was lucky to suffer with a weak team only for a few years, and I was fortunate to be part of the WHO DAT Nation when they made it to the Super Bowl in Miami.

Even though the Super Bowl we wished for this year did not happen, our team gave us a great season, and off the field, many Saints players are doing so much for this community through their foundations and giving back some love to their fan base. Today, The Saints continue to be an essential driving force of our community.

It is amazing what passion and pride can do for the city of New Orleans. The Saints gave us an incredible season! I know we’ve had a few weeks of coping, and many people have decided to party away from television sets the night of the championship game, but I still want to thank the New Orleans Saints for all the joy they gave us this last season.

Like most of you, I'm always proud to yell out loud WHO DAT!

AnaMaria