A former WOOD TV 8 employee recently launched a service to help cut the cable cord during times of social distancing.
Dave DeJonge, who has more than 20 years of experience working in the TV industry managing websites and digital products, launched Streaming Installers to help people save money and get a better TV experience.
“While people have been moving to streaming video for years, it’s still complicated and intimidating to completely make the switch,” DeJonge said. “My goal is to make it easy, fast and affordable. The cost of hiring Streaming Installers is recouped in the first couple of months, and a customer then saves about $1,000 a year.”
The COVID-19 pandemic increased unemployment and many have had more time to enjoy different TV programs. But a lack of live sports led many residents in the Grand Rapids area to cut their cable cords and look for better streaming options. However, switching to streaming services can be a complicated and time-consuming process.
Streaming Installers promises in-home, “concierge-style” installation for Grand Rapids-area residents. With the plans that Streaming Installers recommends, nearly all home viewers pay between $50-60 a month for a streaming TV package with all local channels and a full range of news, sports and entertainment options.
“It’s a business that’s new and unique to West Michigan,” DeJonge said. “It’s resonating with the people I talk to because it’s saving them money and providing a better home TV experience — a few things we all need during a pandemic.”
Streaming Installers also shows people how to get an internet package in the $50 range, bringing the combined TV and Internet bill closer to $100.