The iPad 2. It’s sleek. It’s thin. It’s the replacement for your cable. Yes, it is possible to replace your cable with an iPad. While you cannot get every single one of your over 500 channels, chances are you pay for a lot of what you don’t use anyway. Here is how you can replace your cable with an iPad 2.
How To Replace Your Cable With An iPad 2
As cable bills continue to rise and people begin using their iPad’s more, there comes a time when you might want to explore replacing that costly cable subscription with something you already own: your iPad 2. And here’s one way to do it.
Before you call the cable company and cancel your bill, here’s the hardware you will need:
As far as hardware goes, that’s about all you need to replace your cable with an iPad 2. Most likely you have the iPad and a TV already. So really the only thing you will need is the $39 Digital AV adapter. The reason this is needed is because it does video mirroring (which cannot be done on the iPad 1). This means that your entire iPad screen is shown (mirrored) on your TV screen. So when you launch and app and play it, everyone will see it on your TV.
Apps To Replace Cable
The next think you will need are some apps (that’s usually going to be the case). These are some of the best apps to replace your cable with and while you still cannot replace all 500 channels that you might have, you may find that these are just good enough.
Netflix (Free App)
Netflix is the undisputed champion of getting rid of your cable with your iPad. It is $7.99/month for iPad users and you not only get great TV shows but you get all of their movies as well. It works over 3G (depending on the signal) and it is great for just about anyone that likes to be mobile while still enjoying their entertainment. Download the Netflix app here.
With Hulu Plus for the iPad 2, you can stream thousands of episodes from hundreds of current and classic TV shows right to your iPad. Thus bypassing cable altogether. The subscription is $7.99 per month and here is what you get:
Learn more about Hulu Plus here
With the ABC Player for the iPad, you can view full length episodes of Modern Family, Desperate Housewives and more. Not all of their shows are available but if you are a fan of one that are, then this is a great free alternative to cable. Download it here.
If you watch a lot of news then you will definitely want this iPad app when you replace your cable. It has all of the latest and greatest news plus it has live hourly updates and live video of nearly all of the stories so it’s as good as just watching it on cable. Download CNN for your iPad here.
And that is the hardware/software you will need to begin to replace your cable with an iPad 2. The transition might take you a bit to get used to since it’s far more convenient to just browse through on your cable box but if you want to save a bit of money, watch TV practically anywhere, and break free from cable then this is one of the best ways to get started.
Have you replaced your cable with your iPad? What apps did I miss?