If you’re a Hispanic American, then your cable television experience has probably been a bit disappointing. Aside from the usually poor service, overpriced and bloating subscription packages, and almost no choice in providers; there’s also the unequal representation of Hispanic Americans on television.
Although Hispanics make up approximately 17 percent of the US population, good luck trying to find a television show where the lead character is Hispanic or Latino and not in some sort of stereotypical role (I’m looking at you Devious Maids).
For those of you unfamiliar with the term cord cutting, it basically means watching television without a cable TV subscription. As paradoxical as that may sound, it can be achieved. As a first step towards cutting the cord, you will need three things: an HDTV antenna, a streaming device, and a subscription to the streaming service of your choice.
Let’s take a look at each puzzle piece – one at a time:
The HDTV OTA (over-the-air) antenna is more or less the modern version of the rabbit-eared antennas folks used before cable and satellite came around; which means you’ll get all the broadcast networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS. If you live in the right area, you’ll also be able to pick up Telemundo and Univision.
Far less finicky than their predecessors, a modern HDTV antenna is capable of delivering crystal clear 1080 HD in most scenarios; even ones that may have made the old rabbit ears model tap out. Most indoor antennas range between $30-$60 and make a great investment in the long run. You can plug in your address to find out what channels are available over-the-air in your location.
As far as streaming devices go, almost any electronic device that connects to the internet will do. Be it a phone, a gaming console, or even your computer; there are only a few devices that DON’T stream video. Personally, I would recommend a dedicated streaming device so you can watch your favorite shows on your television; as opposed to on a tiny screen.
Two dedicated streaming devices out there worth taking a look at are the Roku, which currently dominates the streaming market, and Amazon Fire TV, which is trying to catch up to its main competitor. If you’re big into the Apple ecosystem of products and services, then give the new Apple TV a look.
If your household has any gamers, the Xbox One is positioning itself as an all-in-one multimedia and cord-cutting machine, offering gaming, streaming media, and live over-the-air TV. Here’s a guide to cutting the cord with the Xbox One and Mohu.
The final step in our cord cutting process is to pick out a streaming service (or two). Because streaming services are far cheaper than cable subscriptions, it is not uncommon to have more than one service; and in many cases I would recommend it.
The undisputed king of streaming services is Netflix, and it is an absolute must for any cord cutter. In addition to thousands of quality English-language titles, Netflix has a healthy selection of Spanish-language titles; including the hit new Netflix Original: Narcos. A monthly subscription to Netflix will cost you $9 a month.
If you want a wider selection of Hispanic-oriented content, then Hulu is exactly what you need. Hulu has its own section dedicated to Latino content, and it carries many of the hit shows from Telemundo and Univision in addition to an expanding amount of original content made for and by Latinos. Hulu will cost you $8 a month.
Finally, for those of you seeking a live television experience, Sling TV Latino is what you want. Sling TV Latino brings you over 20 streamable Spanish-language television channels, both live and on-demand. And for only $12, it’s a heck of a deal.
Of course, there are other streaming services out there, but if you are looking for less anglo-centric television; Netflix, Hulu, and Sling TV Latino will be your best bets. Pick one, or the other, or get all three; you honestly can’t go wrong with any of those choices.
While cord cutting may not always be as simple as turning on the television, it’s a far better option than having an expensive cable bill. If you follow these steps outlined today, in no time you’ll have unparalleled access to great content that comes at a far cheaper price.
So what are you waiting for? Stop letting the cable companies decide what you watch and take your freedom of choices back. Take that leap, cut the cord, and kill the cable bill today!
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