Top 10 Cordcutters tips


Image via Amazon Label everything! Every cord, input and output should be accounted for in clear, easy-to-access letters. If everything is put together well enough, no one should ever ask what any cord is used for — it’ll say clearly for them to read. Ways of labeling include simple 3M Painter’s Tape, tag label stickers or portable printed label tags.

Keep Them Together

Image via Shutterstock As much as possible, try and keep running cords tied together. You’d rather have one main line running down the middle of your set than several lines spread out for people to avoid. You can do this with tape, cord ties or Velcro (which can also help with labeling).

Tape Them Down

Image via Wikipedia Taping down cables and cords is another helpful way to control the lines and keep them from scrunching up into foot-catching loops. When possible, the ideal line for each cord or bunch should be as out of the way as possible. Try lining against walls and avoiding walkways. Avoid duct tape as it can damage floors. Gaffer tape is ideal. Lay out your line, tape your beginning and end points, and apply tape as needed to keep the line secure in between. If on carpet, consider Velcro 4” Hook & Pile Tape for endless reusability.

Go Wireless (When Possible)

Image via Videolighting With recent technological advances, wireless options are more and more in vogue on sets. Wireless boom mics are gaining popularity and can help your audio department tremendously. Consider LED lighting options when possible to simplify your set ups and provide greater accessibility.

Wrap It Up (properly)

When wires are not in use, be sure to keep them wrapped up and out of the way. For those still uncomfortable with how to wrap wires, watch one of the many videos online for practice.

Use Clear Plastic Boxes

Image via StacksandStacks Once your cords are wrapped, store them neatly out of the way in clear plastic boxes and bags. Add labels to everything and they’ll be clear and accessible when needed.

Don't bother installing an AV on your HTPC if it has no mouse or keyboard.

If you own your own modem, make sure they're not charging you to rent theirs after you renegotiate the price.

I've owned a Arris CM820a for a little over a year now (bought it on ebay before I learned that sometimes buying a modem on there isn't the best move) and in October I changed my internet plan. Well, they started charging me for a modem again. I just today noticed it and called them about it. I got it all credited back, but just a heads up for people like me. If you're calling them every six months or year to make sure you're getting a new promo rate, make sure they're not charging you a modem fee again.Also, in Philly area today I got 50 down 10 up for $40+tax for a year. I was pretty excited.