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  • Mar 16, 2019

    Cutting the Cord and TV Entertainment Freedom with Luke Bouma | #197


    Is your cable or satellite bill becoming a sorepoint for your wallet? Is that top-tier bundle causing spousal arguments? Well, get out of the 2000s and into the modern age – cut the cord! Owner of Cord Cutters News, Luke Bouma, Luke Bouma, gives us tips on ditching our cable bill and replacing it with streaming services at a much reduced cost; or even terrestrial broadcast antennas for free! You’d be surprised what’s available to those who are willing to look. Also, we examine how the roll out of 5G may break the stranglehold certain companies have on the home internet service industry. Break free from high bills and restrictive programming; learn more at Cord Cutters News!


    ·[00:00:00] Cord Cutting: Find Alternatives to Cable
    ·[00:06:57] Over-the-Air and Digital Antennas
    ·[00:12:31] Skinny Bundles, Streaming, and 5G
    ·[00:19:52] 5G, New Netflix Rivals, Spectrum Choice
    ·[00:27:56] Bypassing Middlemen and Self Discipline
    ·[00:35:52] Roku Dominating Streaming Landscape


    [00:00:00] Cord Cutting: Find Alternatives to Cable

    The average cable TV bill is almost $150 dollars a month! If you find yourself tethered to your cable company, it might be time to cut the umbilical and take control of your destiny. Host, Mike Etchart, details his cord cutting journey from 2008/2009 to today. Find out how you can get started making the transition today.


    [00:06:57] Over-the-Air and Digital Antennas

    After the birth of his daughter, Cord Cutters News Owner, Luke Bouma’s finances got tight and the monthly $110+ Directv bill had to go. Now he’s an expert in cord cutting, with six years of experience under his belt, and he’s here to help you slash your TV bill. Did you know that you may be able to pay as little as zero dollars a month for your television? Luke says he is able to get 47 over-the-air channels with his digital antenna. If you don’t feel comfortable installing an antenna by yourself, companies like Dish will charge you a one-time installation fee to set it up for you. Get started on cutting the cord today!


    [00:12:31] Skinny Bundles, Streaming, and 5G

    Traditional cable and satellite television providers have been feeling the pangs of a decline in subscriptions over the past decade. Although they’ve been slow to adapt, four years ago Dish Network took a leap of faith with Sling TV. Cord Cutters News Owner, Luke Bouma, describes how they’ve been staying relatively competitive with their pricing, having only raised their price by $5 in the past four years (compared to bi-annual increases of cable TV). This has sparked a revolution in live TV streaming services, or skinny bundles, like Playstation Vue or DIRECTV NOW. Luke dispels any doubts that cord cutting may not be as big of a savings as we’re lead to believe, stating that the average cord cutter saves $85 per month. Also, Luke tells us about the next advancement in cord cutting – 5G home internet. With the increased competition that 5G will bring, expect to pay less for your internet in the future. Are you ready to save on your entertainment bills?


    [00:19:52] 5G, New Netflix Rivals, Spectrum Choice

    Most people in America have one or two choices when it comes to high speed internet. For Mike, his only viable choice is Spectrum internet, which doesn’t leave him much negotiating power; but the winds of change are blowing. Cord Cutters News Owner, Luke Bouma, fills us in on the supposed 5G internet roll out plans of Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T, and how they could revolutionize home internet. Changing gears, we discuss Apple’s hinted foray into streaming TV, as well as other services set to hit the market soon, like Disney+. Will this influx of new competition threaten Netflix? Luke thinks not. Also, we learn about the first true a la carte television service, Spectrum Choice. For $24.99, you can get access to all of your local channels, music channels, and 10 network channels of your choice through the internet. There’s just one catch, you must be a Spectrum internet subscriber. Listen in to stay up to date with streaming trends.


    [00:27:56] Bypassing Middlemen and Self Discipline

    For decades, cable and satellite providers could only offer two to three different TV bundles due to how they purchased access to content. Now, every TV viewer’s dreams are coming true, with a la carte services like Spectrum Choice bringing you the ability to control which channels you have access to, without buying a bloated, all-inclusive TV package. Cord Cutters News Owner, Luke Bouma, describes how the consolidation of media companies (like AT&T and Directv, or Comcast and NBC Universal) and relatively new streaming services producing original content (like Amazon and Netflix), has started a trend of bypassing the middleman. A side effect of this explosion of content is that having all of these subscriptions would cost a fortune! That’s why Luke urges us to exercise self discipline. Just subscribe to streaming services selectively, like when your favorite show is up for a new season, and dump the subscription when you’re done with it. Listen in for more cord cutting tips.


    [00:35:52] Roku Dominating Streaming Landscape

    The world of streaming devices is growing exceedingly crowded. Cord Cutters News Owner, Luke Bouma, ranks these streaming devices from least popular, like the Android powered Chromecast, to most prolific Roku. You may already have a streaming device in your home without noticing, anything from a modern DVD player, to a Playstation 4 has the ability to download apps like Netflix for your viewing pleasure. That said, Roku has been able to position themselves as THE service for streaming apps, cutting deals with TV manufacturers to have their proprietary software built in to the latest smart TVs. What is the fruit of their toil? A whopping 50% market share in the United States. Yeah, it’s not even close. Find out more about the landscape of streaming devices at Cord Cutters News.


    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    ·Special Guest: Luke Bouma | Owner, Cord Cutters News, LLC

    ·Website: Netflix

    ·Website: Hulu

    ·Website: Roku

    ·Website: Spectrum Choice


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    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Cody Castleberry
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Special Guest: Luke Bouma

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