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: www.cordcuttingreport.com and www.cordcutterstalk.com.
OVER-THE-AIR DIGITAL TV
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.com. Pro 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.
- Streaming SERVICES: Stream video from home for free via the services: Kanopy, hoopla, Acorn-TV and Great Courses.
- DVDs & Blu-Rays: Visit the Library and borrow discs from our collection of over 39,000 titles; many that are not available on the streaming services.
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!