Beginner’s guide to cord cutting, the Disney-Spectrum deal

This week on TechHive: The beginner’s guide to cord cutting

One of trickiest parts of writing about cord cutting is making sure readers have up-to-date information. Because the TV world changes so quickly, sometimes it’s better to update an older article than to write an entirely new one.

With that in mind, I’ve got an updated beginner’s guide to cord cutting over at TechHive. This article will walk through everything you should know before dumping cable or satellite TV, and will help you figure out how to watch your favorite channels and shows for less.

The original version of this article ran on TechHive in 2019. The latest version includes up-to-date information along with my latest thinking on how best to cut cable in 2023.

Read the full guide on TechHive →

Weekly rewind

The Disney-Spectrum deal: After more than a week of saber rattling, Charter and Disney reached a deal that ultimately doesn’t change much for Spectrum’s cable TV bundles.

In exchange for more money, Spectrum will include Disney+ in its main cable package and ESPN+ in its pricier regional sports tier. The cable giant will also drop some of Disney’s less popular channels, including FXX, Disney Junior, Freeform, and Nat Geo Wild.

The result is not the restructuring that TV bundles need—with more flexible channel packages—but a rearranging of deck chairs that trades some musty cable channels for a couple of shinier streaming ones, all at higher prices than ever. This alone won’t stop the cable bundle’s decline. It might not even slow it down. I wrote more about this over at TechHive.

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