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Cord Cutters: Replacing Cable with the iPad 2

Much has been said about the iPad 2’s sleek form factor, the added cameras and the new magnet case. But did you know it’s also a great cord cutting device? Check out this week’s episode of Cord Cutters to learn more:

Show notes for this episode:

Did you buy an iPad 2, and are you using it as a cable TV replacement? Then let us know what you think about the device in the comments, and feel free to share any tips and tricks you’ve come across. You can also get in touch with us on Twitter (@cordcutters) or email us at cordcutters @

5 Responses to “Cord Cutters: Replacing Cable with the iPad 2”

  1. Why are we comparing a hand held device to something that cannot be hand held. This is like saying, Can the new BMW replace a coffee cup. An iPad is not an end all be all device, I believe it will actually end up a transitional device to something much more incredible. But it has NOTHING to do with Cable, or cutting the cord.

    Just some common sense, people are cutting the cord because they are tired of being price gouged and over billed by cable. If the applications required to use an iPad cost anything at all, and by using an iPad I have to hold it in my hand and watch it.(Lets not forgot data charges, wi-fi issues, docking stations, etc. etc.) Then it’s NOT a good alternative to cut the cord. It’s a good alternative to a Magazine in the toilet, a book on the bus, email wherever, some games, some social networking. But NOT even close to a replacement for cable television. (Side note: I am a 3 year, VERY happy cord cutter and iPad and iPhone owner)

    Next CC Episode: “Cord Cutters: How to get OTA from box of Cheerios and a shoe horn”

    All jokes aside, you have a great opportunity here with Cord Cutters. (Which I never miss) However, you need not waste your time on the iPad, which hasn’t honestly replaced anything. It’s created new markets, but replaced nothing. It will be an Internet TV companion for the cloud, it will do a lot of things. None of those will involve hanging a tiny screen on the wall to watch tv. Use this forum to educate people who are “Not” educated, the opinions of the few are never going to make your show as popular as it should be. Then perhaps you can begin to see viewer ship in the thousands and hundreds of thousands. I wish you luck with it.

    @ Gabriel – You want to control a tiny iPad screen with a remote. How far away are you, I don’t know anyone who can view their iPad past the length of their arm. And what remote will you use, your iPhone? So nows theres a remote on your 4 inch iPhone to operate your 11 inch iPad, that you can’t see past your arm. Do you sync them both to the same PC/MAC? Why not just use the PC or MAC? I don’t even know what to say, I have to go, my boss is calling me to schedule a meeting, about a meeting, where we discuss how to handle another meeting.

  2. I hope you want to stay within about 5-6 feet of the TV with that HDMI cable! (and no one walks though and trips on it!) Sorry, but that’s not usable. All you need to do is hook your PC to the TV (HDMI or RGB) and get a wireless keyboard/mouse and you can do all the iPad can do and lots more from the comfort of your easy chair.