Cutting the Cord

The cost of cable television programming keeps rising. Do you still need it? 

There are alternatives, and the Library can help!

There is no “one size fits all” solution; you will have to make some of your own decisions and keep your ear to the ground. Things change fast. Follow the latest developments at: and  


Local channels are available over-the-air digitally with a digital antenna. Find out what channels you could get using the map on www.tvfool.comPro tip: An antenna placed higher up and close to a window works the best.


Streaming means watching a video in ‘real time,’ instead of downloading a file and watching it later.
To stream you will need 1) a high-speed internet connection and 2) a streaming device or appliance.

Compare streaming services and equipment with Consumer Reports’ Streaming Media Buying Guide.


Your library card gives you access to a variety of options in the Library and from home.

  • Wi-Fi Hotspots: Borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot from the Library and get the internet at home. The hotspot provides a free, high-speed internet connection. You can also borrow a cellular modem.
  • Streaming DEVICES: Borrow a ROKU streaming device and get access to services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and SlingTV, and see hundreds of movies via VUDU.  Or borrow a Kindle Fire that streams Amazon Prime and Netflix.

You may not be able to get EVERY channel or show you had on cable, but you will have options. With a whole universe of movies and shows available, you are likely to find something!