Cutting the cord – doing away with a traditional cable subscription – has never been easier. However, there is no shortage of options when it comes to how you can cut the cord. For the cord cutter in your life, you have plenty of gifts to consider.
The trick is not to make decisions for your cord cutter. Don’t just buy any set-top box without knowing if they already have one or which platform they prefer. From there it’s just figuring out what else they need.
The first thing any cord cutter needs is an OTA antenna. This simple little product allows them to watch network TV channels for free, many of which are in HD. Just place the antenna in a spot without many obstacles and you’re good to go.
I can Leaf 30 Indoor Antenna
The Mohu Leaf 30 can receive TV signals from up to 40 miles away in full 1080p. It has a reversible design that blends in with your room.
A great companion for an OTA antenna is an HDHomeRun. These little boxes connect to the OTA antenna and a router to send the TV channels to the HDHomeRun companion app. This means that the OTA channels can be viewed on any device in the home network, not just on the TV with the antenna connected.
HDHomeRun Flex Duo 2
The HDHomeRun Flex Duo 2 has two tuners for watching two simultaneous streams at the same time.
HDHomeRun Flex 4K
The HDHomeRun Flex 4K has four tuners to watch four streams at the same time. It is capable of streaming 4K TV channels (if available in your area).
A great set-top box
The serious cord-cutter needs a serious streaming set-top box, not just a streaming stick. A set-top box is usually larger and has better internals for fast navigation and streaming. One is a good choice for the primary TV in the home.
Year Ultra 2022
The Roku Ultra has everything you could want from a streaming device, with Dolby Vision and Atmos for high-quality 4K picture and sound.
Apple TV 4K 2022
Apple’s set-top box features 4K Dolby Vision and HDR10+ for vibrant picture quality, plus Dolby Atmos for three-dimensional, theater-like sound.
Amazon Fire TV Cube
A powerful Fire TV device with 4K capabilities, Wi-Fi 6 support, Dolby Vision, HDR, Dolby Atmos audio and Amazon Alexa built-in.
A dongle for secondary TVs
A set-top box is great for primary TVs, but something smaller works best for secondary TVs in the home. A streaming stick or dongle can be concealed behind the TV; some don’t even need a remote control.
Fire TV Stick Lite (2020)
Inexpensive, discreet and offers plenty of streaming options, the Fire Stick TV Lite is a good way to upgrade a non-Smart TV without much fuss.
Fire TV Stick 4K
A step up from the Fire Stick TV Lite is the Fire Stick TV 4K. It offers a Dolby Vision upgrade and TV control on the Alexa remote.
Google Chromecast 3rd generation
A streaming device that does not require a remote control. All you need is a phone and you can cast a large number of movies, TV shows and music through streaming apps.
Blu ray player
Another way to cut the cord is to stop streaming altogether. Instead of relying on digital purchases and streaming apps for your favorite movies and TV shows, buy them on Blu-ray and get a Blu-ray player instead.
This Blu-Ray player from Panasonic is great value for money, thanks to its up-to-the-minute audio and picture features.
Super Mini Blu-Ray Disc Player
This compact Blu-Ray device has a lot of power for its small size. Complete with multiple ports and solid resolution and sound, it’s an all-round impressive buy.
Streaming TV subscription
Replacing cable usually means getting content from a streaming service instead. For that, there are on-demand services like Netflix and Disney+, plus streaming live TV services like Sling TV and YouTube TV. Anyone would gift a few months of a subscription.
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Gift card for digital content
There are a few places that have large libraries of digital content that can be purchased or rented. An Apple Gift Card can be used in iTunes and the App Store, and a Google Play Store Gift Code can also be redeemed for movies and TV shows, among other things.
Amazon gift card
Amazon offers a huge selection of digital content to watch, as well as DVDs and Blu-rays.
A pair of scissors
Just kidding. Unless…
There you have it; more than enough gifts to make the cable hater in your life feel like they’re in streaming heaven. Switching from traditional cable isn’t always cheaper, but it’s often much more convenient once you have the right gadgets.
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