There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to save money when you cut the cord. That is, of course, the point of this whole thing. And there's no single right way to cut the cord. It really comes down to the channels you want to watch, and how much you want to spend to watch them.

What cord-cutting isn't — or at least what it shouldn't be — is exemplified in the above post, from a popular Facebook group.

Translated to English, it means "Does anyone have an Android app I can load that gets me all the channels without paying for them?"

Good content and services are worth paying for — even as we try to spend as little as we have to.

And to be clear, these things exist. Just as there are "cracked" Fire TV Sticks and add-ons that turn otherwise perfectly legitimate media servers into free pirated content wonderlands, there are apps that purport to get you all the channels at none of the price.

A 10-year-old should be able to tell you that doesn't sound quite right. We'll just come out and say it — it's wrong.

Nobody enjoys streaming video companies and internet providers sucking every last dime from us every month. And to be sure, that's what they're doing. We don't like it when DirecTV Now and Playstation Vue and others raise their rates. But their job literally is to make money by streaming video, just as it is our job as consumers to try not to spend any more than we have to.

Sure, we can (and should!) take advantage of every free trial, every promo code, every discount that we possibly can. But we shouldn't expect something for nothing. In fact, we should demand the opposite. We should demand great programming from the services to which we've subscribed. We should demand great original shows. We should demand the usual stable of channels you'd get on traditional cable. (And we absolutely should demand greater choice and no data caps from our ISPs — but that's another thing for another day.)

And we demand all this, in effect, by voting with our wallets. And by leaving reviews. And by shouting from the rooftops whenever we can.

What we can't do is tell the companies that if they don't meet those demands, we'll just take what we want. That's not how things work, and it leads to more draconian measures (like ridiculous DRM and data caps) in the long term.

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