The Cord Cutter’s Holiday Gift and New Year’s Resolution Guide

Do you know anyone with the New Year’s resolution to save money in 2012? A large part of the cord cutter crowd cancels cable to save money. Here is a gift guide that covers the fundamentals for someone just getting started. I’ll start with the most basic and work up from there.

Watch 100,000 Movies Instantly on your TVNetflix Gift Subscription
Netflix has had a few missteps lately but at $7.99 per month their streaming deal is still a bargain. And we must credit Netflix for really kick starting  the “cable alternative”movement. You don’t even need anything other than a PC or laptop to watch Netflix. But I’m sure you’re gift recipient will want it on their TV which leads to our next most basic gift idea …..

Roku Box
Roku a bargain at $49 and what I use to get Netflix.. I still think this makes more sense than Boxee or using a game console. Roku designed this to be easy to use..Once it’s installed and configured I don’t think I’ve ever had to touch it except for when I switched internet providers.

OK. So we have our  cheap streaming content part handled. On to the absolutely free stuff we can get over the air.

Multi-directional Antenna
The DB2 shown is a good medium range choice at about $35. This is also the model I used to do my DirecTV to FreeTV project. Some people get by with an  indoor antenna. If you are not inclined for a roof climbing venture you can try these first. Almost always an outdoor antenna will outperform indoor however. The old rule about antennas is the bigger the better the higher the better.

 Channel Master HDTV DVR

A DVR that can record over the air broadcasts can really enhance your experience after canceling cable. Channel Master is better than Tivo because it works without a paid subscription.

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is expected to take off this Christmas because Amazon priced it at only $199. We’re including it because it plays Netflix. And if you join Amazon prime ($79) you get unlimited free streaming.

And always don’t forget to check cordcutterguide for more tips on TV without Cable.


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4 Responses to The Cord Cutter’s Holiday Gift and New Year’s Resolution Guide

  1. ZenDude says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you could address how a streaming device & SmartTV's compare? I am looking at a new TV and I want to make sure that I can get everything I am looking for with the setup before jumping in and buying everything. Which will be more flexible to upgrade in the future? Do SmartTV's get software updates?

  2. GNS says:

    ZenDude,
    Great question for a new topic. Which models were you looking at?

  3. ZenDude says:

    I am looking at the Panasonic ST & GT models. I watch a lot of sports and I have heard that the plasmas are still best for sports.

  4. GNS says:

    ZenDude,
    I'm not an expert on all these models yet I need to study. I do like this website by radio personality Scott Wilkinson. He has some good tips here

    http://www.hometheater.com/flat-panel-top-picks

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