Ditching your cable, (or even lowering your cost), is easier than you think! There are so many alternatives to choose from – some are absolutely free while others may charge a monthly fee. The good news is that with the abundance of all the video streaming sites and devices, we are now able to “cut the cord” more easily. Here is a list of the most popular alternatives to cable TV!
1) Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is becoming more popular with Amazon Exclusive Series’ and Movies. You can watch your favorite shows or movies on virtually any device from your TV to your Laptop as well as the Kindle Fire! They have a database of over 40,000 viewing options to choose from. You will never worry about having something to watch! A few other perks come with the Amazon Prime Membership, such as Free 2 Day Shipping, Unlimited Streaming Music, Unlimited Photo Storage, Early Access to Lightning Deals and over 500,000 Free Ebooks!
Price: As low as $7.99/mo.
Sign up for Hulu and watch TV Shows, Movies, Documentaries and more! All you need is a supported device, these include a Roku Player, PlayStation 4, Google Chrome, Xbox 1, Amazon Fire Or Apple TV. You can watch Hulu on any mobile device as well by downloading their app from the App Store or Google Play.
Price: As low as $7.99/mo.
Netflix is one of my favorites! We pay $8.99/mo for HD play on up to three screens and it is so worth it! You can even add different people to the Netflix account. For example when you start Netflix you can put each family member in so that when they go to watch something they click on their name and Netflix suggests shows that they might like based on their viewing history. If you have little kids you will especially love this because you will not want cartoons and kid stuff mixed in with Orange Is The New Black and Californication! It also keeps inappropriate shows away from your kids. My two kiddos watch Netflix on their Ipads everyday!
4) Dish Network
Price: Varies based on the package you select. Starts at $19.99/mo.
With the Dish Network you can virtually customize your TV, movie, internet and phone needs. Have access to all of your favorite premium channels for movies and TV shows. The Hopper is a Dish Exclusive system where you can watch live TV while you record up to 8 channels at the same time! It will also hold up to 2,000 hours on your HD DVR! So if you are super busy and will not have time to catch up on your shows anytime soon, No Problem! When you sign up, get Blockboster @ Home for Free For 3 Months, and get access to 15 Movie Channels that you can stream to your TV, Computer or Tablet. Many sports fans also enjoy Dish for the various “sports packages” you can tap into.
5) Sling TV
Here is a another upcoming way you will be able to view your favorite shows! Sling TV is a service by DISH. Right now only those who have registered for an invitation (Go Here to Sign Up) have been able to get a sneak peak. Sling TV is different than most because they have “cut the cords”. Streaming TV means you will no longer need to worry about cables and cords all tangled together in order to catch the latest lineup of entertainment.
In a nutshell, for $20 per month, your subscription will include access to live feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and CNN. Additional channel packs will be available for $5 per month each (no details on what other channels will be available).
Supported Internet-connected devices for Sling TV includes Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Nexus Player, Microsoft Xbox One, Roku players, the Roku Streaming StickT, Roku TVs, iOS, Android, Mac and PC with more devices coming.
6) HBO Go:
This will be a standalone streaming service released in 2015. Pricing is not yet available but keep a watch for more details.
7) Direct TV
Price: Prices vary depending on the package you choose. Prices start at $19.99/mo.
Direct TV offers Live or On Demand viewing options with over 195 HD Channels. They can also be viewed on any device from your TV to your phone, just download their app and login to your account. One of the great features about Direct TV is that you can connect your TV’s to their Genie DVR’s and Mini’s Wirelessly! Making your TV stand a much cleaner and organized area! They are also a great choice for the sports lover, due to the Athletic packages they offer.
8) You Tube
Price: Free (must have Internet access)
Don’t forget YouTube! There have been many times that my kids have found their favorite cartoon on Youtube, for FREE! They have more than tutorials and music videos, you can even find full length shows. My favorite is to find an old series that you watched years ago. So much fun to look back on that entertainment!
Price: FREE (must have Internet access)
We forget sometimes that your favorite network will have full episodes of some of their popular shows for you to view online absolutely FREE! It goes for any Network really, beyond Fox, ABC Or NBC. Check out MTV, VH1 and CBS too!
10) CBS All Access
Price: $5.99/Month (currently offering a 1-Week Free Trial)
This one is a monthly subscription that gives users access to over 6,500 episodes on demand – from current seasons to complete past seasons. You can also stream local CBS stations in select markets nationwide.
Sign Up for a free account today and have access to all of your favorite shows and movies of various genres. You can even create a calendar and schedule the shows you want to watch when you want to watch them!
Here is another site to watch Free Full Episodes of your favorite TV Shows! Search their database for your favorites or look up their newest shows added to find tonight’s lineup!
13) PlayStation Vue
Price: No price has yet been released. There will be a monthly fee.
The PlayStation Vue TV Service is still super new. It has been in Beta view for those who have had an “invitation only”, but will begin a full release sometime in the first half of 2015, starting in New York. This Source of entertainment will be “cloud based” and only be of use on PS4 and PS3 until it moves to other Non Sony Appliances and Mobile Devices. PlayStation view will offer around 75 Networks as well as your local channels. These include, CBS, Fox, NBC and many others. You will no longer have to record the shows you miss! They will automatically be available to you. Be on the lookout for this Hot TV viewing option!