How to harness the power of your mobile device to replace the cable TV experience

How to harness the power of your mobile device to replace the cable TV experience
Very recently, we posted an article that detailed several mobile apps you can use if you plan to ditch paying for cable at home. As we've made clear in the post, some folks will find it very difficult to cut ties to cable TV service – more so if they've become comfortable and ingrained to its robust programming, instant access, and clear picture quality. Well, for those of you looking to cut the cord and want to somehow replace the experience, we have all the necessary steps for you to make the plunge.

Subscribing to cable TV service at first isn’t that bad of an option, seeing that companies are inclined to offer brand new customers killer deals that make it hard to not want the service. Sweetening the pot even more, many companies use the tactic of throwing in additional services, such as high-speed Internet and in-home calling services, to dramatically make the cost of signing up hard to pass up on. To that end, consumers forget that once the promotion ends, they’re sometimes suddenly caught off-guard with the service’s increase in cost.

Our smartphones are personal gadgets that have limitless rewards. In the last several years, we’ve seen apps that opened the doors to streaming content – not only locally through devices, but they can then be streamed to a television as well. Maybe someday our mobile devices will be the brains behind all other entertainment devices in our homes?

In the meantime, however, there are still some pre-cautions that some people have about cutting ties with their cable TV service at home. Smartphones are convenient in several ways, but that sense of instant access and ease is lessened when using mobile app, as opposed to just turning on your television and searching for content.

We’ve taken the plunge and figured out a solution on how to replace the in-home cable TV service that many of us find hard to live without. Relying on a few nifty gadgets, we’re going to tell and show you how to best replace the cable television service by harnessing the power of your mobile device. Of course, cutting cable completely means one less monthly burden off your plate, which can go into other things.



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12 Comments

1. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Apple TV + iPhone + Mac = Watch anything you want on your TV via Netflix like service, airplay or over the web regardless of format. Live stream pretty much any event, movie or show you want world wide without worry of viruses. Chromecast is pretty good too.

2. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

"without worry of viruses." Do you even common sense?

3. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course he doesn't. You read his comment.

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm with Tedkord on this one. He has made it very apparent with his comments as of late that critical thinking is not his specialty.

12. Zero97

Posts: 37; Member since: May 15, 2014

And calculate the cost of all that!

4. Blazers

Posts: 782; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The screen cast option does have a drawback as it heats up the phone dangerously if you use the feature for an extended period. I recommend an hour usage at a time, then let the phone cool down. Also recommended to dim the screen until it's almost completely dark. Also apps like realplayer cloud and VLC player allow you to cast any video you have on your device. Realplayer will also cast from your pc or tablet that's on the same network, using your smartphone as a local proxy server.

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Or you could just get a smart TV, Xbox or PlayStation. That works too, and most phones with an IR blaster work with anything.

6. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Or simply buy an Android TV stick and you have full android in 1080p or 720p directly to your TV and either buy a control for it or use a control on your phone to control the Android TV Stick. Beats anything like Chrome etc...

10. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

still no prime access. which is why i think the fire tv is a much better option. amazon refurbs them for eighty bucks.

13. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Still no prime access? ?

14. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I have a fire stick. It's still not quite as good as chromecast, but it is good.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I've a couple smart TVs, Chromecast is relegated to garage TV. TV has wifi direct connection to router USB drive that handles torrents and comes right up on system of TVs.

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