Sharen is wondering if it’s time to cut the cable and satellite cord. She writes:
“In an effort to pay less for everything, I’m thinking about cutting the cord on DirecTV. My sister says HULU carries The Science Channel, which is the one channel I watch most. Can I just pick any smart TV (looking at Samsung 4K Ultra HD 40″) or only certain brands? My nephew recommends Chromecast but I know there are others. Have a 300mb Wi-Fi Spectrum router/modem left over from working remote. Can I cut my Wi-Fi speed as well? Seems like I need a smart tv, a box like Chromecast and a wi-fi service or do I need something else?”
I will tell you that cutting the cord doesn’t always end up costing less. It depends on what type of service you want. You’ll need a good, dependable high-speed Internet is a must for cord-cutters. Netflix, the largest streaming service suggests a minimum of 3 megabits per second for SD, 5 megabits per second for HD, and 25 megabits per seconds for Ultra HD.
You don’t necessarily need a smart TV unless you just happen to want one. If you do select a smart TV, just make sure it has the app for the service you want available. Basically, a smart TV is a giant tablet that can also receive TV signals and be used as a monitor for game consoles, DVD players, cable boxes and other media devices. If you’ve decided that Hulu is a service you definitely want, check to make sure that TV has the Hulu app.
A streaming box or streaming stick can turn any TV with an HDMI port into a smart TV. But you don’t even actually need a TV unless you prefer to watch on one.
The following devices support the Hulu app:
- Sony, Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs.
- Hulu.com on a Mac or PC Browser
- Android phones and tablets
- Android TV
- Apple TV (4th gen or later)
- Fire Tablets
- Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- iPhones and iPads
- Nintendo Switch
- Sony PlayStation
- Wii & Wii U
- Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
- Samsung TV (select models)
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
I’m not a huge fan of Chromecast, I’d probably suggest a Roku box or stick or Amazon Fire Stick or box. If you go with the streaming stick, you can effectively make any TV with an HDMI port a smart TV for less than $35. But other people really like Chromecast, so that’s just my personal preference.
To sum up, you’ll need a good, stable high-speed Internet connection.
A TV is optional, as is a smart TV. You can turn a TV with an HDMI port into a smart TV with a streaming box or streaming stick.
While there are free viewing options, you’ll likely want to subscribe to one or more streaming services like Hulu or Netflix.