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If you ask many people in their 20s how they watch TV, there’s a good chance they won’t say cable. About one in five young adults have “cut the cord” with cable companies. The rise of standalone streaming services like Netflix, HBO Now, and Hulu have made it possible to get great content online without a cable subscription.

People of all generations have found ditching cable to be liberating and cost-effective but some say they can’t live without the sports and live programming their cable subscriptions offer.

GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop slashed his monthly cable bill and barely noticed a difference. But, after careful consideration, GeekWire contributor Frank Catalano decided to stay with Comcast. Hear both of them share their opinions about the cord-cutting phenomenon, plus millennials’ thoughts on cable, on this week’s episode of Generation App.

Key takeaways

  • Live sporting events are the one of the biggest cable draws but you don’t necessarily need a subscription to watch them.
  • The first rule of cutting the cord: buy an over-the-air HD television antenna.
  • Millennials don’t just save by cutting the cord. Many use parents’ and friends subscriptions to streaming sites.
  • There’s plenty of room for innovation when it comes to streamlining the non-cable TV experience.
  • À la carte channel options would prompt some cord-cutters to reconsider a cable TV subscription.
  • GeekWire reporter James Risley uses a wired connection to improve the reliability of his Internet service.

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