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Video streaming options for cutting the cable cord

• Gizmag

There are several reason why you'd want to get rid of your cable or satellite subscription. The amount of money it costs, the annoying commercials, or paying for a bunch of channels you never watch. And with streaming services you're able watch your favorite shows on your own schedule, without even having to worry about setting your DVR.

Before getting into the streaming services and set-top box options, one of the first things you should get is a digital antenna so you can pick up your free over-the-air local channels in HD. If you live in an urban area, you can get by with an amplified indoor antenna. These aren't like the old school rabbit ears, today you can pick up modern looking antennas like the one shown below. If you live in a rural area and are just shy of the TV tower signals, you'll need to look into something you can mount on your rooftop.

Streaming entertainment to the big screen

Even if you have a Smart TV, typically using its streaming apps isn't the most intuitive or responsive experience, and your TV may not get the particular streaming services you want. So if your serious about cutting the cord, then a more specialized device with a bit more grunt should be your first step. There isn't one device that will suit everybodyl, but it's a crowded market, so you should find at least one to fit your needs. Most of these boxes and streaming sticks also have a proprietary video store that allows you to rent or purchase movies and TV shows. They also include the major streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and others where you pay a monthly fee for all you can watch.