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Cord slicing is removing pricier, though there’s one certain approach to keep it cheap


When even maestro network TV programmer Garth Ancier cuts a wire cord, we take notice. He explains because he did, on TalkingTech.


The days of saving income by slicing a cord from wire TV services might be ending. 

Consider dual events from this week. ATT, that usually got capitulation from a Justice Department to swallow adult Time Warner, sensitively jacked adult a starting rate of a DirecTV Now wire choice TV use to $40 monthly, from $35.

And Netflix, that dominates video streaming, began contrast a new aloft labelled tier in Italy for examination 4K programming on 4 screens. The hearing cost in Europe was 17 euros, that works out to be around $20 monthly. The 4 shade devise (like 2 TVs, an iPad and iPhone) costs $13.99 here. 

And Saturday happens to be National Cutting a Cord Day, during slightest according to TV manufacturer TCL and receiver association Mohu, that contend they are celebrating with a sweepstakes to give away 103 TV/antenna combos, as $103 is inhabitant normal for a cost of monthly wire TV service. 

Oh, if usually we could compensate $103 for slicing a cord services. Those days seem so prolonged ago. 


The strange idea of slicing a cord was to embankment costly wire TV service, that offers hundreds of channels, many of that we never watch, and to usually bond a TV to a Internet for entertainment. 

With a streaming actor like an Amazon Fire Stick (which starts during $39.99) and a subscription to Netflix (we compensate $10.99 for a two-screen, non 4K option) and internet access, we theoretically could be profitable half as many as wire TV. 

But here’s a excellent print. Cable companies have gotten savvy to cord cutters and make it opposite their mercantile seductiveness to cancel pay-TV. we compensate $111 monthly for wire TV and internet entrance with Frontier Communications. When we called to ask about carrying usually internet, we was quoted $70 monthly. (New business get a same use for $30 monthly, for what it’s worth.)

So contend we don’t wish to go to a worry of switching services into your partner’s name, and we start with $70 monthly for Internet. Add $11 for dual screens of Netflix, and select from one of a several wire TV alternatives to get entrance to internal TV and wire TV channels. DirecTV Now and YouTube TV are both $40 monthly. So now you’re pulling $121 monthly, and we haven’t even started adding Hulu, HBO Now, CBS All Access or any of a many, other TV subscription services. 

Rich DeMuro, a author of a new “101 Handy Tech Tips for a iPhone,” and a consumer tech contributor for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, says there’s usually one certain glow approach to cut a cord and make it affordable. “Get an antenna.”

You’ll still compensate for internet access, though will save on a TV use (YouTube, DirecTV) fees. “Most people usually watch a promote channels, and if they wish some-more and wish to see a specific uncover somewhere, they can always usually buy it.” Apple’s iTunes offers deteriorate passes on many TV shows for $29.99.


DeMuro likes a Mohu Glide receiver ($89.99), that worked good in his home and a Tablo DVR, that starts during $139. that allows for observation of a promote channels and a slew of digital networks as well.

“The fact is, slicing a cord now costs as much, if not some-more than cable,” he says. “The reason to do it isn’t to save money, though to have a improved TV observation experience.”


We’ve attempted YouTube TV and have to agree. It’s approach improved than cable, with a improved interface, easier entrance to channels we like and a ability to watch a shows anywhere–on TV, the phone, in a car, during a office, while on vacation. But it’s still blank some pivotal channels, like PBS and TV Land.

And so it goes. Happy National Cutting a Cord Day!

In other tech news this week

An peculiar glitch was reported by users of a Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone whose photos were incidentally texted to contacts. The association pronounced it is investigating. Meanwhile, Samsung announced gain this week, and they were weak, with revenues down 0.7%, that analysts blamed on delayed sales for a flagship S9 phone. The Verge estimated sales of 31 million units so distant for a phone. In usually a second entertain alone, Apple sole 51 million iPhones.  

If we feel creepy about carrying Google examination your Gmail to sell we ads, something a association pronounced it would eventually stop doing, what are your thoughts about app developers doing a accurate same thing? This week a “Wall Street Journal” summarized how developers have entrance to a information, while Ed Baig jumped in to uncover how to simply stop a developers from snooping. 

The Sonos company, that creates intelligent speakers for streaming music, looked to be in difficulty usually dual years ago, when it laid off workers and switched march to concentration on a Alexa/Google Home articulate orator market. Now, as it prepares to go public, a association pronounced it sole scarcely $1 billion of speakers this year, with 19 million products in sum given it non-stop for business in 2002. 

This week’s Talking Tech podcasts

What’s streaming on Netflix and Amazon in July: We run down highlights, embody new seasons of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and Phil Rosenthal’s “Somebody Feed Phil,” transport series. 

How to take good transport photos: It’s summer, prime-time for camera buffs, so we run some tips on removing postcard-worthy shots. 


Facebook is a many downloaded iOS app ever: On a eve of Apple’s 10th anniversary of a iOS App Store subsequent week, we demeanour during AppAnnie’s draft of a many downloaded apps ever. 

Prepare for Amazon Prime Day. The made-up sales holiday is Jul 16th, though it’s never too early to start removing ready. We run down a tips for how to save. 

New iPhones might be colorful. A new stand of phones might have brighter hues in a fall. We tell all on this podcast. 

Phil Rosenthal gets a tech tuneup. The star of Netflix’s “Somebody Feeds Phil,” talks his new website, and a second deteriorate of his transport series. 

The tech week in review. KTLA’s Rich DeMuro joins me on a weekend podcast to go over a tip stories of a week, including a Samsung snafu and Google app developers reading a e-mail. 

And that’s this week’s TalkingTech weekend news roundup. Subscribe to a newsletter here, https://www.usatoday.com/featured-newsletter/consumer_tech/, listen to a daily TalkingTech podcast, and follow me, @jeffersongraham, on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

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