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The 2012 Cord Cutters gift guide for cable-free holidays (video)

If you want to give a gift that keeps on giving, consider gadgets that help to get rid of that expensive pay TV subscription. Check out our Cord Cutters gift guide below:

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What kind of cord cutting gear is on your wish list this year, and what kind of gifts are you getting your loved ones?Please share your thoughts in the comments, get in touch with us on Twitter (@cordcutters) or email us at cordcutters @

3 Responses to “The 2012 Cord Cutters gift guide for cable-free holidays (video)”

  1. O.K. Here it goes… Woo hoo! I have been watching T.V. with my old Panasonic CRT television with built-in VCR! Yes, that’s right, I record T.V. shows with videotape! I do have Time Warner Cable hooked up to the back of my T.V. with a service called, Basic T.V. (a stripped down version of basic cable) with no cable box. O.K., I need to upgrade. I want a flat screen 32″ T.V. but it looks as if all of the T.V. manufacturers out there don’t offer their best T.V.’s in this smaller size. I like your blog and I know I can learn from you. I need to upgrade. Consider me a blank slate but I like having live T.V. What would you do?

  2. Susan Yasue Grogan

    I know all of this, but I still had to stop by and see your excellent summary. :) I bought a Roku for a technophobe friend a little over a month ago and I agree it is the easiest to use in the bunch. So much so, that we bought one as a gift for my inlaws that are 67 and 75. They are too far out for cable, but they do have good Internet access. I think they’ll love everything it has to offer them. Love your book too and I bought it as a gift for my niece a couple of months ago. Any chance you (or someone else at GigaOm) might write a more detailed guide to antennas? The info is out there, but it’s horribly scattered and it usually assumes people are in larger cities. I learned very quickly that you can’t go by what the boxes and websites of the manufactures claim will work.

    • Glad you enjoyed the video. A detailed look at antennas is definitely something I’d like to do at some point, but I would also be interested in hearing more about our experiences: Which antennas did you try, and what kind of challenges did you face?