Cut The Cord: Support & Information Page

Welcome to the
“Cut The Cord”
Support & Information Page

 


 

"Cut the Cord" is a series of community presentations meant to help you get rid of the cost and limits of "cable TV" and replace it with the endless options available from online streaming.

While there's no shortage of information about "cord cutting" on the web, most of it is aimed at a more experienced audience familiar with the details of using the hardware, apps and other tools used to find and view streaming content. It's hard to wade through discussions of one product vs another, or one approach vs others, when you don't have an understanding of how the overall process works and what your options are.

My presentation is aimed at regular TV watchers who are ready to tell Comcast, Cox, Charter and other cable companies to get lost... to take their high prices, rigid service options and endless customer service headaches to the virtual dump. We're at a point where even a non-technical Do-It-Yourselfer can replace cable TV (and cable phone service) with better options - cheaper, more flexible, free of contracts and overhead costs, and much of it for free.

This page will continue to expand with a summary of useful information, so bookmark it and check back as long as you're interested in looking into streaming entertainment options, getting rid of cable, both, or just getting the most from your new setup.

Scheduled Community Sessions

I had originally planned to give one small talk in my home town of Tolland, and perhaps a few in adjacent communities. Once the word went out among librarians and town rec managers, though, the interest in hosting a "Cut the Cord" session was overwhelming. The current list of sessions follows.

I will do my best to keep this list current and updated, but check with the host library for each session before committing your time. Weather rescheduling can be expected for sessions until April or so - I will do my best to post cancellation/reschedule information as soon as I have it.

These sessions tend to reach maximum seating room, with waiting lists. RSVPs are recommended to ensure you have a seat. Contact the main library in each town to make your reservations. (Don't contact me... I don't have any control over the reservation and waiting lists!)

See you there... whichever "there" it might be!

Town (all in CT) Day, Date & Time Attendance
Tolland October 26 40*
Tolland November 16 45*
Manchester January 12 180*
Trumbull January 19 100*
Canton (1) January 21 80*
Groton January 25 60*
Putnam January 28 50*
Canton (2) February 2 50
Milford February 8 125*
Bolton Thursday, March 9, 10:30am
DAY PROGRAM at the Senior Center
25
Pomfret Thursday, March 16, 7:00pm POSTPONED - TBA
Meriden Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm 80*
East Hampton Wednesday, April 19, 6:30pm 25
Simsbury Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm 75
Granby Wednesday, April 26, 6:30pm 50
Coventry Wednesday, May 3, 6:30pm 35*
Ellington Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm 60*
North Stonington Wednesday, May 10, 6:30pm 25
North Haven Thursday, May 11, 6:30pm 50
Holland, MA Wednesday, May 17, 6:30pm
Community Center ( $5/person )
20
Somers Monday, May 22, 6:30pm 40
Wethersfield Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm 50
Newington Wednesday, May 31, 6:30pm 80*
Wallingford Wednesday, June 14, 6:30pm 60
Cheshire Saturday, June 17, 2:00pm 100*
Brookfield Thursday, July 6, 7:00pm 100*
Lebanon Tuesday, July 11, 6:30pm 49*
Glastonbury (1) Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm 53*
Hamden Tuesday, July 25, 6:30pm 160*
28 Sessions Total Attendees to Date:  1,867
Glastonbury (2) Tuesday, August 8, 6:30pm
End of the Run... Sorry!
Woodbridge Tuesday, October 3, 7:00pm CANCELLED
Waterbury Saturday, October 21, 2:00pm CANCELLED
Durham Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm CANCELLED
    *Full Room
   
Pending Sessions (Will be updated as arrangements are made)
Kent 
New Milford 
Portland 
Easton 
Vernon 

Nothing close to you? Call your local library or town rec department and ask them to schedule a session!

Useful Links

Please note that I am an independent consultant/speaker, and I have no connection of any kind with any cable, television, streaming or internet provider. (Other than the service connections I use myself!)

But if you're looking for any kind of business communications services, from business cards to complete video, online or presence campaigns, please do explore the rest of my site... and give me a call!

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Library Session Handout

This is the generic version of the handout given at each library or other public session. It contains much of the information from the presentation, but not all of it, and is both updated frequently and often "localized" to the town of the presentation. But there have been many requests for something non-attendees could download, or send to family out of the area - so here it is!

The visual presentation is not in any form that can be shared, individually or online. I apologize. If you miss the presentation in your town, check the schedule below for a convenient alternate session you might be able to attend!

"Cut the Cord" Session Handout (PDF)

FCC - Find your local television station signal availability!

The FCC has a page that allows you to enter your location - from town down to your street address - and generate a list of television stations you may be able to receive, with approximate strengths and a map of antenna-pointing directions. If you have never looked at your available "OTA" - Over The Air - television options, do so! They're free to receive, often have multiple channels not carried on cable, and can be received in true HD!

www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps

JustWatch - Find everything from every streaming service!

JustWatch is a service that helps you find material on streaming. Visit the website or download the app to your Android or iPhone device, tell it which streaming channels you have, and search away! Free, but includes ads

www.JustWatch.com

AntennasDirect - The best online resource and source for TV antennas!

AntennasDirect sells nothing but modern Digital TV (DTV) antennas and accessories, from set-top units to large dual-plane models intended for attic or outdoor mounting and reception from more than one direction. They also have a ton of information about selecting, installing and adjusting TV antennas in this era when everyone's forgotten about local TV in favor of cable availability.

www.AntennasDirect.com

Roku.com - Streaming appliances, and endless channel listing to browse!

Roku makes a whole line of excellent streaming TV devices and has the advantage (over Amazon TV and Apple TV) of not being tied to any particular provider or services. It's worth a visit to their site just to browse the endless list of streaming channels and services and evaluate which are free, which are pay and which are the ridiculous condition of being "cable-locked"... which you can only get if you already have the channel on cable!

www.Roku.com

Roku channel catalog

Vudu.com - The premier example of pay-per-view streaming availability!

Vudu is the premier "Pay Per View" provider in the streaming world - from classic Hollywood to movies still in theaters, most current TV shows (delayed by one day) and thousands of older series. There are other providers such as FandangoNOW and Amazon Video, but they overlap and Vudu is the one to look at if you're interested in seeing just how much stuff is available for rent and digital ownership.

www.Vudu.com

Vonage.com - The best internet phone provider for homes and small business!

Vonage is the leader in providing the same "landline" phone service you've received from AT&T and whatever cable provider you've had... but at a much lower price, and with every feature you can want. Their voicemail system, which will email you not only a notice of voicemail and the recorded message, but a "speech to text" translation of the message, is only the beginning. You can also access your Vonage phone services on any cell phone with their app. Great international services and rates too.

If you decide to switch your phone service to Vonage, allow me to send you an invitation, and after you sign up we'll both get $50 bonuses! No obligation - just a request. Thanks!

www.Vonage.com