Did you know that more than one-third of American households have said goodbye to cable?

If you’re entertaining the idea of cutting the cord, it’s helpful to know what to expect before you make this decision.

Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of getting rid of cable and ways you can still enjoy your favorite shows.

Pros of Getting Rid of Cable Television

The main reason why people want to ditch cable is to save on their bills. With the average cable bill soaring up to $107 per month, this alone is enough motivation to cut the cord.

Another benefit of shutting off your cable is you have more freedom to explore services that offer the kind of content you love. Instead of channel surfing and suffering through commercials, there are plenty of streaming providers that can make your viewing experiences much more enjoyable.

When you make the switch to online servers, this also means you can watch your favorite shows and movies from multiple devices. Whether you want to throw an epic movie night in front of your big TV or stream anywhere you go with your phone, entertainment is always available.

Cons of Getting Rid of Cable

In some places throughout America, you might not be able to save as much money as you’d like by cutting the cord. Lots of providers offer cable, internet, and phone bundles. Since you need fast, reliable internet to use streaming services, make sure you scope out internet packages that offer a fair price.

Another disadvantage of switching to streaming is that you’ll have to wait longer to watch shows that are still releasing episodes. Instead of enjoying new content each week, you might need to wait until the season has concluded before it’s available.

With that being said, this type of uploading schedule can also make you more susceptible to binge watching. Lots of people enjoy doing this from time to time, but it can sabotage your plans. If a new season gets uploaded the night before an important event or deadline, you could find yourself scrambling after you blew through six episodes straight.

What’s the Best Way to Cut Cable TV?

As it turns out, learning how to live without cable can be simple and rewarding. With so many streaming services, you’ll never have to live without your favorite shows and movies.

The first thing you need to do is shop for an internet provider that drives a good bargain. For the best viewing experience on streaming services, you’ll need to have a fast and strong connection.

The next step is to start researching different streaming services. Although Netflix and Hulu are the most popular providers, they may not be the best for your unique taste. For example, buying an IPTV subscription costs under $6 each month and you get access to over 10,000 shows and movies.

Want More Tech Tips?

Now that you know the pros and cons of getting rid of cable, you can make the best decision that satisfies all of your needs.

Want to know more ways you can make life better with technology? Check out this article to learn more about high-speed satellite internet.

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Cortana for Xbox One Finally Released: Your Personal Gaming Assistant

Lucky summers for Xbox One users as they will be getting one of the much-awaited updates from Microsoft, the Cortana is about to be rolled out.
For those who have no idea what Cortana is, well, it is a Microsoft’s virtual assistant which lets you communicate with your device like "Siri" on Apple iOS and "Google Now Assistant" for Android. You can talk to your device by saying “Hey Cortana” and you can then give all the instructions through voice.

The purpose of launching Cortana is to integrate Windows 10 and the Xbox console. Though initially the update will not be available for Windows 10 but at a later stage, you will be able to use it with Xbox app on Windows 10.

Xbox Cortana

What to Expect

So how Cortana will change your gaming experience? How can it be of any help? Is it really a much needed feature?

Cortana is referred to as the ‘personal gaming assistant’. It will assist you in gaming, of course, but this is just the beginning. Right now, you will be able to use Cortana for gaming features only but in near future, it will work with other devices and will include a whole lot of other exciting features.

Cortana lets you communicate with your console over voice. It can let you find new games, turn on the Xbox, you can start a party, and you can perform several other tasks. You can also use it to search stuff on Bing, simply give a voice instruction to search something and voila, you are done.

The good news is that there are multiple updates that will be rolled out so you will see some nice changes this summer, for example, a new game collection will be rolled out, improvements in screenshot sharing feature, some of the famous PC games will be added to your Xbox live, and much more.

This is just the beginning. Microsoft is very enthusiastic about the update and it has already announced that Cortana is not limited to gaming only, so you should expect some good new features being added in recent times.

When and Where

Microsoft will be rolling the updates in phases – not all at once, thus you have to exhibit some patience. The first update will be rolled out this summer. You will get two updates this summer and more updates will follow soon.

At this moment, the Cortana will be available to Preview testers only. No, not to all the Preview testers but only those located in the US, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. If you are in one of these countries, consider yourself lucky as you will be among the first ones who will have the privilege to try the new update.

Keep your fingers crossed for the update and let’s hope that the update proves to be good for the gamers. The basic purpose behind the launch of the Cortana and these updates is to integrate Xbox One fully with Windows app (the PC). Once it is done, you will experience gaming of another level.
But that’s not going to happen right away.

For now, just sit back, relax and let Microsoft do all the hard work. Wait for the update to reach you.

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