After you cut the cord to cable tv services, deciding what to replace it with can be a little overwhelming.  Here are a couple of tips to get you started in the right direction.

Cut the cord–Step One:

Decide what kind of hardware you want to get.  After you cut the cord, you have to have some sort of hardware to have a streaming tv service.  There are two types of hardware that are made for streaming:  set-top boxes and HDMI sticks.

Set-top boxes

Several companies make these boxes.  They are all about eight inches square, and have a cord that plugs into your television.  There are several companies that make set-top boxes, with names such as Amazon Fire, Roku, AirTV and Google Chromecast.  An advantages is that on many set-top boxes you can increase storage capacity for recording programs.  A disadvantage is that they will take up some room on your entertainment center.

HDMI sticks

These look like fat flash drives and plug right into the USB port on your television.  The advantage is they are usually cheaper and there is less clutter sitting on your entertainment center.

Antenna

Many of the streaming services don’t provide local channel access. If you want local sports or news, you probably will want to add an antenna to your hardware.

Cut the cord–Step Two:

Decide what you really like to watch on tv.  The reason cord cutting works is that you try to only pay for the channels that you watch.  With cable television, you pay for access to hundreds of channels that you may never view.  So if you are deciding to cut the cord, look at what you really like to watch.  If you are a fan of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu, make sure you can subscribe to Hulu from your device. If you are a sports fan, there are different types of streaming bundles available from such services as Sling TV for a reasonable cost per month.