Cord Cutting Script: What To Say When You Cut The Cord


If you’re thinking about cutting the cord with your cable TV company, you may also be dreading the conversation with your local cable company representative. You fear that the instant you indicate that you want to drop your TV service, the battle is on.


The truth is, there’s nothing to fight about as the decision is yours.


Follow these 3 easy steps to ensure a happy transition from cable to OTA TV for your family, and a frustration-free cancellation of your cable TV service for you.


Use the script provided to practice the anticipated (and often dreaded) conversation with your cable TV customer service rep, and you’ll be well prepared to painlessly cut the cord.



I. Try Broadcast TV


Unhook your cable box and connect your Mohu antenna to your HDTV. Scan for channels.


Assuming you get the channels you expected to get over air, commit to trying out over air TV for a week before you cancel your cable TV service. This way the whole family gets the cord cutting experience, without fear of losing the channels they’ve become accustomed to watching.


Keep a journal during this time and have everyone write down what they are watching, when they are watching it and feelings about the experience. Sit down with your family and evaluate the entries in the journal at the end of the week. If you are all happy with what over air TV and streaming media entertainment have to offer, then you’re ready to cut the cord.



II. Purchase Additional Equipment If Needed


When you decide to cut the cord you may need to purchase more than one antenna; one for each HDTV, or you can add Sky 60 HDTV Attic-Outdoor Antenna with a Jolt 4-Way Antenna Amplifier to send OTA signals to up to 4 TVs in your house. The initial equipment cost is nothing by comparison to monthly cable TV costs, and with no monthly cable bills, you quickly recoup your investment and start saving!



III. Turn In Your Equipment and Cancel TV Service


When you finally pack up your cable TV box and walk into the office to cut the cord remember, you’re in charge. You are paying for a service, and if that service isn’t what you want it to be you have every right to cancel your service. Don’t allow the customer service rep to shame you into submission or plant the seeds of self doubt. You’ve done your homework and are ready to make a change. State your purpose and minimize chatter, and soon you’ll be cable free.



The Script: How to Cut the Cord with Your Cable TV Provider


Having worked for a major tech corporation in customer service I’m familiar with how customer service representatives are trained, and how the goals of the company come into play when interacting with customers.


Using my experience I’ve written a general script to assist would-be cord cutters, who may be a tad nervous about talking face to face with cable company representatives and cancelling their cable TV service.


Feel free to use this guide to role play with friends a family before you go in. Practicing what to say before you go in will give you confidence and empower you to effectively cut the cord.


Cable Customer Service Rep:

How can I help you today?

You (with cable bill in hand):

Hi, my name is… and I want to return my equipment and cancel my cable TV subscription effective immediately.

Customer Service Rep:

May I ask why you want to do this? Is there something we can do to better improve your service and retain you as a customer?

This is where you can begin to feel nervous and uncertain, but by keeping your responses short and to the point, you’ll stay on task. Remember that you’re not required to explain your actions or apologize. Keep things polite and to the point and you’ll quickly be past the minor discomfort this moment may present.



I’ve decided to cut the cord with cable TV and no longer require your company’s services. I’m returning all my equipment today and paying any outstanding balance to settle my account.

This is good because you are clearly stating the reason you are in the office and what your expectations are to the company representative. At this point they will either shrug and do what you asked, or attempt to dissuade you by offering a deal.


Customer Service Rep:

After looking at your account I see you’ve been an excellent customer. I’d like to offer you a special promotion that includes… how does that sound?

The offer of a deal can definitely be tempting, but don’t bite unless you want to stay tied to a monthly cable TV bill. Also be aware that the promo pricing offered to you may be revoked or changed without notice.



No thanks, I’m happy with my decision to cut the cord. I just want to cancel my service today.

If you refuse the deal you may be in store for some unsolicited advice from the rep on the perceived downfalls of over the air TV and how much you’ll be missing out on by not having cable TV service. Feel free to smile and nod. Silence speaks volumes and they really can’t do much with it.


Keep in mind that going in, you have the upper hand. If you are good with your decision and clearly state your expectations, there’s no reason you won’t be able to successfully cancel your cable TV subscription quickly and easily no matter who you meet sitting behind the cable company desk.


Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind, where she scours the web for the best online deals.


My Setup: Favorite Antenna & Streaming Devices (


One of the most popular questions I get is what my favorite streaming device is right now. I honestly use a lot of streaming devices, and my current inventory includes Roku 3, Roku 2, Roku 1, Roku HD, Roku Stick, Fire TV, Chromecast, G-Box Q, and a Quantum Byte Mini PC. These don’t include the many review units that have passed through my office. I also use a Mohu Curve antenna for local stations.



Here is why I love all of these devices:

Favorite Antenna and Streaming Devices


Mohu Curve


The Mohu Curve Antenna is a amazingly powerfully little indoor antenna. I love how easy it is to set up and how it looks sitting in my living room. Unlike many unsightly antennas the Mohu Curve looks great next to my TV.





I love the Roku for how easy it is to use. Even my two year old loves it and can pick out the episode of “Sofia the First” she wants to watch before bed. It also has a huge collection of channels both free and paid.



Fire TV


I love the Fire TV for how powerful it is, and the fact that I can use it in hotels when I travel. (I travel a lot.) I also love how tied it is to Amazon Instant. If you love Amazon Instant, the Fire TV is the device for you.





Chromecast is mainly used for YouTube and to cast videos from my PC when I edit videos. I love how dead simple it is to cast videos. Chromecast is the device you want if you watch a lot of YouTube or need to cast videos.



G-Box Q


The G-Box Q is a very solid Kodi/XBMC box. With all the updates, it is very solid and rarely ever hangs up or crashes. (My Roku crashes more than my G-Box Q.) I use it for reviews of Kodi add-ons and Android apps.



Quantum Byte Mini PC


The Quantum Byte Mini PC is a great little Windows 8 box. It is made by the same people who made the G-Box Q. They offer great U.S. customer support out of Florida—something most cheap boxes do not offer. A Windows PC connected to your TV is a must have for any cord cutter, because a full web browser is still the best way to access many legal streams not available on Roku and other streaming boxes.





So, the best streaming device for you depends on how you like to cut the cord. The big question is not what my favorite device is, but rather what is the best device for you?


Luke Bouma is the owner of and is a dedicated cord cutter. Cord Cutters News gives you some of the best reviews and news about cutting the cord. You can find them on Twitter @CordCuttersNews or on their Facebook Page.


How to cut the cord with Mohu and Xbox One

Bridging the Gap with Hauppauge



Over the recent years, cord cutting has slowly become more and more of a viable cable TV alternative. Even ten years ago the idea of getting rid of cable seemed more like a sacrifice than an alternative way of consuming media. In those bygone days, the only way to watch TV without cable was through an antenna, torrenting, and DVD box sets.


Today, the landscape is vastly different. We still have antennas; but they are far more sophisticated than their 2005 ancestors. We still have DVD box sets; but when you can stream the whole series on Netflix for $8.99 a month, why bother? In short, watching television without cable has never been easier.


Emblematic of this revolution in entertainment are two companies on the forefront of technology and design; Microsoft and Mohu. As one of the biggest tech companies in the world, Microsoft almost needs no introduction. Their gaming console, the Xbox One, redefines the term “Home Media Center” and serves as an excellent foundation piece to which you can add cable TV alternatives.


You may or may not have heard about Mohu, but their contribution to cord cutting is no less great. Mohu has combined military design with the tried and tested rabbit ears of your childhood to create an over-the-air antenna that represents an excellent synthesis of design and functionality.


With these two devices, the Xbox One and a Mohu antenna, you can free yourself from the tyrannical grip of cable; and today I’m going to show you how to do that.


OTA TV Guide on Xbox One with Mohu and Hauppauge

OTA TV Guide on Xbox One with Mohu and Hauppauge


Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner


In April 2015, Microsoft let their customers know that the Xbox One console will now support Hauppauge TV tuner cards. This huge development means that customers in the United States and Canada can now access OTA TV from within the Xbox One interface. This change opens up the door for DVR functionality, rewind, stream to any device and channel guide features never before seen on a gaming console.



Mohu Antennas


A Mohu antenna, like the Leaf, will probably be the most valuable asset in your cord cutting toolbox. In terms of content, Mohu antennas work just like any other old antenna. You get all the broadcast networks you know and love (ABC, CBS, etc…) and, besides the initial purchase, it’s free.


While getting network television may not sound like a huge boon to your entertainment portfolio, it’s actually a lot more than you think. Despite the ubiquity of cable, network television is still home to most of your favorite shows; like The Big Bang Theory, Scandal, or Supernatural.


From a technical aspect antennas made by Mohu are small, lightweight, and can deliver crystal clear 1080i HD picture. Unlike the old rabbit years that you’re used to, Mohu antennas can hold a strong signal in even the most adverse of circumstances.



Xbox One


When most people hear Xbox, they think of video games and kids wasting away in front of the TV. However, the Xbox One is so much more than a gaming platform.


You can stream from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, etc…; you can play video games, stream content from your PC and now with Hauppauge you can watch free HD TV via your antenna! You can even do both at the same time:


Don't miss any action: simultaneously play games while watching live TV (or streaming video).

Don’t miss any action: simultaneously play games while watching live TV (or streaming video).


Essentially, the Xbox One offers a complete solution by integrating all the services and tools you need for a seamless viewing experience. While the $350 price tag for the console may seem intimidating, you also have to consider what you’re getting for that price (plus, millions of homes. To experience OTA TV on the Xbox One, you can save $30 through the Microsoft Store by purchasing the Mohu Leaf + Hauppauge TV Tuner bundle.



Microsoft is Changing the Way we Watch TV



It’s a streaming device, a next-gen gaming console, a home media center, a DVD/Blu-ray player, etc… There are a lot of uses for the Xbox One, so trust me when I say you’ll get your money’s worth.


Although all the cord-cutting options can be a bit confusing and complicated at times, it doesn’t have to be. With Mohu and Microsoft, there is very little in the entertainment world that is out of your reach. There are no commitments, no contracts, no $200 a month bills for services that you don’t even want; there’s just you and your media.



Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.


Mid-Year 2015: Top Stories Affecting Cord Cutters

Six months into 2015 it’s evident that this has been a pivotal year for consumers looking to save money and cut the cord with cable and satellite TV. These are a few of the top stories related to cord cutting and streaming media services which are affecting cord cutters this year.


January 2015 – Sling TV Launches to Rave Reviews at CES 2015



At the 2015 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Dish Network introduced Sling TV, and cord cutters rejoiced that they could now get ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels and other cable channels for twenty bucks a month.


The lack of over air TV sports channels had been a sore spot for many consumers who when it came time to cut the cord just couldn’t do it because they missed quick access to sport-only programming. Sling TV filled the gap in a big way, and offered a reasonably priced base channel package, with low cost add-on channel packages available.


Consumer demand for Sling TV was extraordinary after the CES awards announcement, and within a very short time Sling added even more channels to their basic offering along with apps for multiple platforms to entice more users.


If you want to learn more about how to setup Sling TV, with a Mohu HDTV antenna, check out my book: Simple Guide to Sling TV available on Amazon.



February 2015 – JustWatch Streaming Search Engine for Cord Cutters Launches

The interface is easy to use.

The interface is easy to use.


JustWatch is a unique search engine that allows users to search for streaming content currently available from multiple streaming services. Particularly helpful to cord cutters looking for a guide to what’s on, the search engine is currently available to users wishing to see streaming media options in the United States, Germany, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.


JustWatch’s user interface is easy to understand and use. You can search JustWatch by clicking on New, Popular or by a watchlist you create yourself. Using the Search box as with traditional search engines is always an option, or you can simply scroll through the cover art for movie and TV offerings until you find one you like. When you click on the program you can see what service carries it, and whether or not there are any options to buy or rent from services like iTunes or Vudu.



March 2015 – HBO Now Available On Apple TV



Game of Thrones fans who are cord cutters rejoiced when the announcement was made that HBO Now would make HBO programming available for a low monthly fee to users without a cable TV subscription. But there was a catch. To enjoy HBO Now service, users would need an Apple TV device. Apple conveniently lowered the price of the device at the time of the announcement, but this was disappointing to many cord cutters who don’t own an Apple TV and didn’t want to spend the money to buy one just to watch HBO.


Since the initial announcement Apple has expanded the use of the HBO Now app to other devices including the iPhone, iPad, iMac and Macbook computers. Seeking to increase subscription sign-ups, HBO has indicated plans to launch apps for use with Android devices and Chromecast too.


A free trial of HBO Now is available, with the option to cancel before the end of the free trial or pay the $14.99 a month service fee.


Check out all the FAQ’s here, to decide if this service is for you.



April 2015 – Comcast Backs Out of Time Warner Merger



Thankfully the FCC stepped in to voice its concerns over the proposed ComcastTime Warner Cable merger, and Comcast under pressure backed away from the deal.


If it had gone through, a potential monopoly on internet service could have been built leaving all of us who use streaming media at the mercy of a business that would undoubtedly choose to increase prices without having to provide better service to its customers.



May 2015 – Amazon and Netflix Seek to Expand Their Streaming Globally


You heard it here first: “Now is the time to buy Netflix stock.” No, I’m not a stockbroker, but anyone can see that Netflix is poised to enrich the lives of cord cutters and millennials all over the globe in the coming year!


With its ever-expanding catalog of original programming and cord cutters signing up in droves, Netflix is doing very well and looking to expand its services to users in other countries. Most recently China is being considered for Netflix expansion, as well as Japan by the fall of this year with plans for up to 200 countries by the end of 2016.


Meanwhile in the skies above, Amazon has cut a deal with JetBlue to provide free Amazon Instant Video streaming to Prime members. No longer do you have to be ‘in country’ to enjoy your Prime membership when you are traveling on JetBlue’s jets, nor do you have to pay a wireless fee while on the plane.



June 2015 – Showtime’s Streaming Service Slated for July



How exciting! Yet another premium television channel available via streaming media.


Apple TV, Playstation Vue, and Roku users are likely to snatch up the new Showtime streaming service debuting in July for just $10.99 a month. In direct competition with HBO Now service, Showtime’s less expensive monthly fees and availability of the app on Roku devices definitely increase the likelihood of a successful launch into the standalone streaming service arena.



Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind, where she scours the web for the best online deals.


KilltheCableBill’s Cord Cutting FAQ

Top 5 Cord Cutting FAQ from


When it comes to running a blog about cord cutting, you tend to get a lot of emails and tweets from people who need your help. Some people are super specific, but the vast majorities of the questions I receive are relatively straight forward. People want to know how much it costs to cut the cord or how they can get started. For your time and convenience, we are going to discuss the top 5 cord cutting questions that readers often ask me. Let’s get started!



1) How do I get started?


A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step, and so too does cord cutting. With so many choices, devices, and paths one can take; it can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry, it’s actually pretty easy! The first thing you need to do is to get an HDTV antenna and a streaming device.


The antenna will pick up the broadcast networks (CBS, FOX, etc…) and the streaming device will allow you to watch content over the internet. Once you have your devices, sign up for the streaming service(s) of your choice. After that, all you have to do is cancel your cable!



2) Can I still watch my favorite shows?



I get this question a lot, and for good reason. After all, what’s the point of cutting the cord if you can’t even get the shows and movies you love? Well have no fear intrepid cord cutters because there is absolutely no reason why you can’t cut the cord and still enjoy the same shows that you did with cable.


For starters, most of America’s favorite shows air on network television; which you can watch for free as long as you have an HDTV antenna. Are you a fan of The Good Wife, Big Bang Theory, or the Flash? Good news! All you need is an antenna. And even if an Antenna does not end up working out for you there is always Hulu and Netflix which together house hundreds of prime time shows.


For example: Netflix has a huge selection of television shows including hit shows like Mad Men and the Walking Dead. You won’t be able to watch the current season; but you can often buy current seasons of TV shows for far less than the price of cable. If you’d like to know more about what you can or cannot stream, check out the website Can I Stream It?


You can also subscribe to Sling TV and get 20+ streamable live cable channels. Click here to see if Sling TV has your favorite channel.



3) Ok I can keep my favorite shows, but what about sports?


Although difficult in the past, watching sports without cable has never been easier. A lot of sporting events air on broadcast networks, which is accessible to anyone with an HDTV antenna, like the Mohu Leaf. ESPN has also just become streamable through Sling TV; which opens you up to huge chunk of the sporting world.


Barring that, certain professional sports offer stand alone subscription services. Trust me when I say you have a lot of options as a cord cutting sports fan. If you’d like to know more about watching sports without cable, check out Kill The Cable Bill’s sports section!





4) With all these different devices and platforms, is there a way to consolidate my media?


One of the few downsides of cord cutting is that a lot of your entertainment is decentralized. If your media is scattered amongst different devices, platforms, and operating systems; then what you need is a media center.


A media center is basically a piece of software that acts as a hub for all your different devices. This allows you to take your media from all your different devices and put them into one cohesive library that’s accessible from anywhere. Think of it like your own personal Netflix. I put together a step-by-step guide on how to set up a Kodi (XBMC) media center. You can also read about Plex to learn more as it is another popular one out there.


Now if you’re looking to organize and streamline your streaming services, I would recommend checking out Mohu Channels. Mohu Channels is a streaming device that consolidates OTA television and your streaming services into one convenient guide. It’s really convenient and it brings back the channel surfing experience to cord cutters.



5) Is it really that much cheaper?


Whenever I talk to people about cord cutting, I find that a lot of the people start getting turned off to the idea when I start mentioning purchasing equipment. $50 to purchase a streaming device, $40 for an antenna… $10 a month for this service, 7$ for that one… it can all sound expensive at first. But when you do the math, it starts to add up.


The first month of cord cutting will be the most expensive, but only because you have to buy a few things. After that, your savings start to add up.  Instead of spending $50-$100 a month for cable, you wind up spending $20-$30 a month cord cutting. At the end of the year, that small amount of money really starts to add up. Imagine what you could do with over $1000.00 a year!


Have any questions you’d like answered? Drop me a line in the comment section or tweet me @KillCableBill.



Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.


TV Show Premieres Available Over-the-Air July 2015



Summer is here and the hottest TV show premieres are available for FREE over air! Getting them is as easy as hooking up your Mohu antenna, running a channel scan on your HDTV and sitting back to relax and enjoy free broadcast TV from all the major networks in high definition.


Here are some of the programs you can enjoy without cable or satellite TV, premiering this July.





Food Fighters - Thursday, July 2nd 8/7c: Watch home chefs go head to head with professional chefs in a series of cooking challenges in hopes of winning up to $100,000.



Hollywood Game NightTuesday, July 7th 10/9c: If you enjoy a good game of charades, this is the show for you! Watch as contestants play with celebrities in a casual, game night atmosphere with a big stakes payoff of $25,000.



Welcome to SwedenSunday, July 19th 8/7c: A quirky comedy with Amy Poehler’s brother Greg staring as a guy who quits his job as an accountant in NYC to move with his girlfriend to her native country of Sweden. Things get nutty right away when he is greeted by her family, who are a tad crazy in any language.



Last Comic Standing - Wednesday, July 22nd 10/9c: A fantastic show that showcases new comedic talent, all looking to score with the judges and the audience in hopes of getting a contract, cash and the title of ‘Last Comic Standing’. Keep an eye out in your local area for live performances of this show’s performers on the road this fall.






ExtantWednesday, July 1st 10/9c: Molly Woods (Halle Berry) is an astronaut who mysteriously becomes pregnant on a solo outer space mission after seeing a vision of her dead lover. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of this sci-fi drama, which certainly has the star power to continue to be a hit.






Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Monday, July 6th 8/7c: World famous magicians Penn and Teller invite aspiring magicians to the stage in ‘Fool Us’. Contestants are given the opportunity to perform one trick. If that trick stumps the pros, it may land them a spot in Penn and Teller’s Las Vegas show.



Whose Line Is It Anyway? – Monday, July 6th 9/8c: A viewer favorite in both the US and the UK, this show is a reboot on the CW after a long run on ABC ended in 2007. Four performers engage in impromptu antics based upon suggestions from the studio audience and predetermined prompts. Points are awarded, but they don’t matter much – it’s all just good fun!


Dates – Thursday, July 9th 9/8c: A new show that offers up both comedy and drama in the form of first dates after meeting online.





A Capitol Fourth (Special) – Saturday, July 4th 8/7c: A patriotic celebration of the birth of our nation. Broadcast live from the Capitol, this Washington D.C. special event is in its 35th year and this year celebrates our nation’s 239th birthday with musical performances and fireworks that are not to be missed!






2015 ESPYS (Special) – Wednesday, July 15th 8/7c: For the first time, the ESPYS, an ESPN-sponsored awards show celebrating excellence in sports, will air on ABC and be available over-the-air. Hosted by comedian Joel McHale, this years ESPYS will undoubtedly score big with cord cutters!




Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind, where she scours the web for the best online deals.

reddit cordcutter success stories

Cord Cutting Success Stories – reddit /r/cordcutters



The cable companies are out beating the drums, trying to tell you it costs more to ditch cable than to keep your cable subscription. We could show you charts, graphs, and other great evidence to prove cord cutting is cheaper, sometimes by a lot, but we decided to let others do that for us.


Here are some cord cutting success stories from users over at /r/CordCutters on reddit who have saved a whole lot of money by cutting the cord:


/u/rrunning says they are saving $54.58 every month. Here is a great break down they posted of what they now pay:


  • Total up-front costs: $100 for antenna equipment, $53 for DVR/Media Center PC setup = $153
  • Total Monthly without sports: $21, including Netflix-which I already had
  • Total costs for sports subscriptions Yearly/ $129/$10.75
  • NHL Gamecast: $99/$8.25
  • NFL Sunday Ticket (package deal): $65/$5.42
  • NBA: $29/month during season- too expensive for my taste
  • Total new monthly costs: $37.42 ($45.42 including Netflix)
  • Total former cable bill: $92 ($100 including Netflix)
  • Total Savings: $54.58. Time to Payoff up-front costs: <2 months for antenna equip, <3 for DVR etc.


You can read the full post by clicking HERE.



/u/Martyf posted that he only spent $320.55 on video content in 2013.  Here is a breakdown of what he paid:


    • On demand Rentals: $80.74
    • Purchases (all downloads, no discs): $131.99
    • Netflix (streaming plan only @ 8.99 a month * 12 months): $107.88


Read the full post by clicking HERE.



/u/qp0n posted that in 2 years they have saved $3,360, or $1,680 per year.


Read the full post by clicking HERE.



/u/Cyber_Cowboy is now saving $115/month. Here is a little piece from his post:


    • “After literally years of trying to convince my wife we should cut the cord, we’re calling DirecTV and actually paying an early termination fee of $165 to save $115/month”


You can read the full post by clicking HERE.



/u/Mehworth posted they are saving over $150 a month on their bill.


    • “Ditching cable for an HD antenna was easily one of the best life choices I’ve ever made. It has saved my family over $150 a month.”


You can read the full post by clicking HERE.



If you are still on the fence about cutting the cord, message these cord cutters, or do some searching at /r/CordCutters subreddit.  You will find that, contrary to what the cable companies are saying, yes, many people save a nice chunk of money by canceling cable.


Luke Bouma is the owner of and is a dedicated cord cutter. Cord Cutter News gives you some of the best reviews and news about cutting the cord. You can find them on Twitter @CordCuttersNews or on their Facebook Page.


2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup TV Schedule

How Cord Cutters Can Watch the World Cup


June is finally here, which means it’s time for one of the most watched sporting events in the world: The Women’s World Cup. Dozens of teams from all across the world will compete in a month long bonanza of soccer and sportsmanship that will keep the entire world on the edge of their seat.


What makes this World Cup so interesting is all the controversy surrounding the tournament. Aside from the kerfuffle over the use of astro-turf instead of real grass; FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, is embroiled in a high-profile corruption case that threatens to upend the leadership of the organization.


Odds are the corruption scandal won’t have too much of an impact on the outcome of the World Cup, but it will provide an interesting backdrop to the month-long soccer tournament.




Fox Sports


FIFA won’t be the only organization under pressure during the World Cup. Broadcaster Fox is making a major move to cement its cable sports channels, Fox Sports 1 & 2, as a legitimate competitor to ESPN and it is using the World Cup as its test run. Fox is the sole US broadcaster of the Women’s World Cup and, if they botch the broadcast, their dreams of sports broadcasting dominance will be crushed.


For Fox, the stakes have never been higher.


Unfortunately, what that means for cord cutting soccer fans is that a lot of the Women’s World Cup will air on the cable-only channels Fox Sports 1 & 2.  Fox Sports 1 will air 29 of the 52 matches, Fox Sports 2 will air seven games, and Fox itself will air 16 matches.


For your time and convenience, here is the full Women’s World Cup schedule* (games available for free, over-the-air are in bold):


Sat. June 6 


  • Canada vs. China PR, 6 p.m., FOX Sports 1
  • New Zealand vs. Netherlands, 9 p.m.  FOX Sports


Sun. June 7


  • 1 p.m. Norway vs. Thailand, FOX
  • 4 p.m. Germany vs. Cote d’Ivoire, FOX


Mon. June 8


  • 4 p.m. Sweden vs. Nigeria, FOX
  • 7 p.m. Cameroon vs. Ecuador, FOX Sports 2
  • 7:30 p.m. USA vs. Australia, FOX Sports 1
  • 10 p.m. Japan vs. Switzerland, FOX Sports 1


Tue. June 9


  • 1 p.m. France vs. England, FOX
  • 4 p.m. Colombia vs. Mexico, FOX
  • 4 p.m. Spain vs. Costa Rica, FOX Sports 1
  • 7 p.m. Brazil vs. Korea Republic, FOX Sports 1


Thur. June 11


  • 4 p.m. Germany vs. Norway, FOX Sports 1
  • 6 p.m. China PR vs. Netherlands, FOX Sports 2
  • 7 p.m. Cote d’Ivoire vs. Thailand, FOX Sports 1
  • 9 p.m. Canada vs. New Zealand, FOX Sports 1


Fri. June 12


  • 5 p.m. Australia vs. Nigeria, FOX Sports 1
  • 7 p.m. Switzerland vs. Ecuador, FOX Sports 1
  • 8 p.m. USA vs. Sweden, FOX
  • 10 p.m. Japan vs. Cameroon, FOX Sports 1


Sat. June 13


  • 1 p.m. France vs. Colombia, FOX
  • 4 p.m. England vs. Mexico, FOX
  • 4 p.m. Brazil vs. Spain, FOX Sports 1
  • 7 p.m. Korea Republic vs. Costa Rica, FOX Sports 2


Mon. June 15


  • 4 p.m. Thailand vs. Germany, FOX
  • 4 p.m. Cote d’Ivoire vs. Norway, FOX Sports 1
  • 7:30 p.m. Netherlands vs. Canada, FOX Sports 1
  • 7:30 p.m. China PR vs. New Zealand, FOX Sports 2


Tue. June 16


  • 5 p.m. Ecuador vs. Japan, FOX Sports 1
  • 5 p.m. Switzerland vs. Cameroon, FOX Sports 2
  • 8 p.m. Nigeria vs. USA, FOX
  • 8 p.m. Australia vs. Sweden, FOX Sports 1


Wed. June 17


  • 4 p.m. Mexico vs. France, FOX
  • 4 p.m. England vs. Colombia, FOX Sports 1
  • 7 p.m. Costa Rica vs. Brazil, FOX Sports 1
  • 7 p.m. Korea Republic vs. Spain, FOX Sports 2


Sat. June 20


  • 4 p.m. Round of 16, FOX Sports 1
  • 7:30 p.m. Round of 16, FOX Sports 1


Sun. June 21


  • 1 p.m. Round of 16. FOX Sports 1
  • 4 p.m. Round of 16, FOX Sports 1
  • 7:30 p.m. Round of 16, FOX Sports 1


Mon. June 22


  • 5 p.m. Round of 16, FOX Sports 1
  • 8 p.m. Round of 16, FOX Sports 1


Tue. June 23


  • 10 p.m. Round of 16, FOX Sports 1


Fri. June 26


  • 4 p.m. Quarterfinal, FOX
  • 7:30 p.m. Quarterfinal, FOX


Sat. June 27


  • 4 p.m. Quarterfinal, FOX Sports 1
  • 7:30 p.m. Quarterfinal, FOX Sports 1


Tue. June 30


  • 7 p.m. Semifinal, FOX


Wed. July 1


  • 7 p.m. Semifinal, FOX Sports 1


Sat. July 4


  • 4 p.m. Third Place Match, FOX


Sun. July 5


  • 7 p.m. Final, FOX



*All times are in the Eastern Time Zone


If you have an over-the air antenna, like the Mohu Leaf, you will be able to pick up the 16 games that air on Fox; and for the other 36 matches, you’ll have to get a little creative. There’s no streaming service to save you this time, nor will hiding your location help.


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Regardless of whether you want to watch the major matches or catch every exciting minute of it, watching the Women’s World Cup is well within the realm of possibility. While cord cutting may not always be the easiest option out there, it’s still a better option than having to pay thousands of dollars every year to the cable companies.



Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.