The first part of this article explores the technologies that have been developed to cut the cord.
The second part is a look at how some companies are using their technological prowess to speed up the Internet and streamline the process of buying and paying for new devices.
The tech companies that are leading this charge are some of the biggest in the world, including Google, Facebook, Netflix, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix and others.
Google has been the dominant player in the cord-cutting arena for years, and in 2018 the company is expected to have around 90 million devices on its network.
Netflix has seen a significant uptick in the number of devices it is streaming over its cloud.
Facebook and Amazon have a lot of subscribers and users, but also have a huge amount of money at stake.
As cord-cutters continue to flock to smaller players like Roku and Chromecast, the big companies are trying to take advantage of their newfound reach.
In this second installment of my cord-removal series, I’ll cover how these companies are able to use cutting-edge technologies like cloud-based video, video-on-demand services, and the new cutting-room floor to speed the process along.
Google Fiber: The Google Fiber service lets you stream videos and movies from your smartphone to your home TV.
Google is currently testing a $40-per-month plan that gives you unlimited video streaming.
Netflix: The company launched its video-over-the-top service in 2017 and has since rolled out an Android app that lets you watch movies and TV shows through your phone, tablet, laptop, and computer.
Amazon Prime Video: The streaming service is available for $99 a month.
Roku: The Roku Streaming Stick lets you control your device’s TV with a TV remote, remote control, and a web browser.
Apple TV: The Apple TV lets you connect with Apple devices like iPhones and iPads and control them from your home.
Apple HomeKit: The HomeKit platform lets you integrate with smart home devices and services, like lights, thermostats, and thermostat controllers, and even smart home appliances like smoke alarms and smoke detectors.
Google Home: The Nest Learning Thermostat lets you manage your home’s heating and cooling, thermos, and other heating and air conditioning components with an app.
Apple Remote: The Remote app lets you send messages to your friends, family, and pets from any smart home device.
Amazon Echo: The Echo speaker lets you play music, control home automation, and control media playback.
Roku Go: Roku Go lets you access and control content from Amazon and other services through your connected TV. 11.
Roku Streaming: The Streaming Stick gives you access to content from the top channels, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
Google Chromecast: Chromecast lets you hook up to your TV with an HDMI cable and play movies, TV shows, and music over your home Wi-Fi.
Amazon Fire TV: Fire TV allows you to control your TV from a smartphone or tablet, connect to your Google Home, and play music and video from an app or website.
Roku Stick: The Stick lets people watch their favorite shows, movies, and TV channels with a smart remote and Amazon Alexa voice command.
Apple iPad Pro: The iPad Pro is a tablet that lets users control and control their home media.
It also lets you run web apps.
Google Assistant: Google Assistant is an AI assistant that lets people learn about and perform tasks, like ordering a pizza or making dinner, from the Google Home or Siri.
Google Drive: The cloud-computing service Dropbox lets users access and edit their files and folders on their devices.
The service has over 100 million users.
Roku Home: Roku Home lets you listen to your favorite music on your TV or connect to Spotify and listen to Spotify from any Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad device.