How To Replace Your Cable Subscription With An iPad

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Do you have it in you to cut the cord?If you have an iPad, at least most of the work is done for you. With help from a few subscription services, you may never feel like having cable again.

All you need to get started is a television with an HDMI port.

You need an Apple Digital AV adaptor ...

One of the best ways to get video off of your iPad and onto your television is with Digital AV adaptor. They're $33.70 on Amazon.

... and an HDMI cable like this one from AmazonBasics.

You need an HDMI cable to connect your adaptor to your television. A 3-meter cable is $7.49.

Get a Hulu Plus subscription.

If you're most concerned with making sure you have access to current television shows, you need Hulu Plus. It costs $7.99 per month and you can sign up right here.

Netflix, of course.

One of the go-to names in streaming media, Netflix has loads of movies and television ready and waiting for you to stream to your iPad and mirror onto your television. Unlimited streaming costs $7.99 per month.

Your favourite media player app.

You can load up your iPad with movie files and play them on your television via any number of media-player apps. We recommend GoodPlayer, which is available here for $2.99.

Amazon Instant Video.

Released today, the Amazon Instant Video app offers Netflix-like functionality, getting you access to thousands of your favourite movies and television shows. Check it out here.

If you're in New York, get Aereo.

Aereo is a service that lets you watch live over-the-air TV on your iPad and lets you record shows as well. This is all possible by 'renting' one of several small HD antennas connected to a data centre for $12 per month. Check out Aereo here.

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