Cover Story: The pitfalls and possibilities of cutting the cable cord

Image shows scissors cutting through a coaxial cable in front of a bank of tv screens

Kansas City, MO - Online streaming entertainment has exploded in recent years, so much so, there are more than 300 digital streaming services available now.  And more are on the way - Apple and Disney. 

We've come a long way from the days of having three, maybe four, channels to choose from on the family room television.

In this KMBZ Cover Story we explore the current state of streaming, and the practice of 'cutting the cord' - ditching traditional cable packages for à la carte streaming services. 

We found one phone/internet provider who's happy to be dropping 'cable' from their services and instructing customers in how to cut the cord. 

We found you can't get everything you want in entertainment in one place - unless you have cable. 

And cable companies, which are typically large Internet Service Providers (ISPs), seem to be OK with folks cutting the cord... just as long as they continue buying Internet access from them.



If you want to cut the cord, or need help navigating the technical side of doing so, there are numerous resources online that can walk you through the process. 

The abundance of digital streaming services - Netflix, Hulu, Prime, HBO, Starz, YouTube, and dozens and dozens more, including the new big dogs of Apple Plus and Disney Plus, provide a plethora of quality screen entertainment.

Accessing that content, even among just a handful of streaming services and their individual modest monthly fees, can begin to add up.  One could spend more on à la carte streaming channels than the old cable bill. 

And there is so much content out there, and so many streaming services, that some industry observers think we may be moving toward the concept of cable 2.0 - the bundling of streaming services into a package and paying one monthly fee to access.