The 7 Best Alternatives to Cable TV in 2019

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As technology races on, there are more options for watch TV.

Now there are so many alternatives to cable TV. Expensive cable packages can put a serious dent in your budget and your financial goals.

It’s not uncommon to pay $100 a month, $200 a month or more for cable or satellite TV packages. Basic packages can be affordable.

However, once you start adding in all of the bells and whistles things get costly. Extras such as movie channels, sports packages, etc., mean costs start to increase.

If you get a good deal on a TV package, you can pay a smaller monthly fee for a while. But, your premiums get doubled or even tripled after the trial period ends. In addition, there are installation fees, rental fees and other charges that can come with cable packages.

A cable package without movie channel choices might be more affordable. However, that leaves you with not much more than traditional TV show viewing choices.

The bigger cable packages offer a lot more shows and movies. But they are expensive, and many people can not afford them.

Alternatives to Cable TV are Actually Better

I remember when cable TV first hit the major city I grew up in. It was in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. The first family to get cable TV lived just a couple of miles away from us. They were famous, that’s for sure. Later, I went to tech school with their next-door-neighbor.

Everyone was amazed at the fact that there were options to have a variety of channels available. We were used to having the usual 5 or 6 local channels. The cost of cable at that time? $7.95 a month.

That would be $26.78 a month in today’s dollars – still an affordable TV viewing option for many families. Today things are different. These days most cable and satellite companies are charging a much higher rate than that.

Luckily, advancements in technology such as live streaming are changing that. New technology means there are more ways for people to have access to cable alternatives. There is a wide range of TV shows and movies you can get without paying for a costly cable or satellite package.

Here are some of the options you have available if you’re ready to cut the cord to cable TV. Many of these options allow you to have a larger selection of viewing choices than with traditional TV. However, they’re a lot more affordable.

Note: You will need to have Internet access to take advantage of some of these cable TV alternatives.

1. Sling TV (best alternative to cable)

Sling TV is cool because you don’t need rental equipment and you won’t pay installation fees. You can stream shows from your TV, tablet phone or computer.

Another nice thing about Sling TV  is that it offers customers several viewing options. For instance, there is the Sling Orange package. It currently costs $25 a month and offers 28 channels. The package includes ESPN1, 2 and 3, HGTV, and one of my personal favorites: the Food Network.

They also offer the Sling Blue package. It currently offers 44 channels and costs just $25 a month as well. Sling Blue offers different channels than the Orange package. Some inclusions are Fox Sports and NBC sports network, Bravo, AMC, the Cartoon Network and the History Channel. However, some channels are the same.

In addition, the company also offers a third option: Sling Orange/Blue. You can get both packages for a total of $40 a month (a $10 discount from regular pricing). Or, you can get one package and choose from some add-on packages. The add-on packages range in price between $5 and $15 per month.

Note: As of this writing (May 2019) they are having a limited time offer for new members. You can get Sling Orange or Sling Blue for $15 each per month, or both together for $25 per month.

As of this writing, Sling Orange offers 29 channels. Sling Blue offers 42 channels, and the combo package comes with 48 channels. The package you choose will probably depend on the channel selections you’re most interested in.

Bonus: Bonus Channels!

As mentioned, when you have Sling you can also order “extras.”

These add-on packages come with several variations:

  • The Kids extra, Sports extra or News extra (starting at $5 a month)
  • Ala Carte premium channels such as HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax
  • The International extra (viewing options for International shows)
  • The Comedy extra (comedy channel viewing options)

And more. By being able to customize your viewing choices, you can save money off of cable TV packages. Sling’s a la carte offering puts you more in charge of which channels you are paying for as you watch TV.

Note: Local network channels are only available in select markets with Sling.

2. Hulu

Hulu is most similar to Netflix when it comes to streaming packages. But, it also has some cool features that you won’t find with Netflix.

Hulu’s basic $5.99 per month package gives you the ability to view all the movies in the Hulu library. You can also watch complete episodes of many popular TV shows. One downfall with Hulu’s $5.99 package is that you’ll view your shows complete with commercials.

However, if you’re willing to pay $11.99 per month you can view TV show episodes commercial-free. The smaller package includes current TV shows, classic favorites, kids shows, Hulu originals and more. However, it comes with a limit of streaming to only one device at a time.

Another benefit of Hulu is that most current TV show episodes arrive on Hulu the day after they air. With other streaming options such as Netflix that doesn’t happen. Typically, you often have to wait much longer to view new episodes with other services.

Hulu also offers its Hulu With Live TV package. This package includes everything Hulu basic includes. It also gives you the ability to stream over 50 of the top live and on-demand TV channels. This package includes sports, news and entertainment.

The cost? $44.99 per month. That’s getting a little closer to cable TV package prices. However, it offers a lot more than you’d get with a basic cable package.

It includes popular cable channels such as:

  • The History channel
  • HGTV
  • The Golf Channel
  • ESPN1, 2 and ESPN News
  • Fox News, and Fox Sports 1 and 2
  • FX, FMX and FXX
  • The National Geographic channel
  • Oxygen
  • Disney and Disney Junior

There are other channels on Hulu Live as well. I checked with one of our main local cable TV suppliers. They were offering 140+ channels for $70 a month. However, this was a limited offer that expired after a mandatory two-year agreement.

So, Hulu may not offer all of the cable channels. But, it offers many of the popular ones at a fraction of the cost of cable TV packages.

Bonus: You can purchase HBO, Cinemax and Showtime streaming with Hulu for an additional monthly fee.

3. Netflix

Netflix is one of the more popular streaming services available as an alternative to cable TV. They offer three packages.

The Basic Package

Here are the details behind Netflix’s basic package.

  • $8.99 per month, plus taxes
  • HD and Ultra HD not available
  • One streaming device at a time
  • Unlimited viewing
  • Viewing on your laptop, desktop, phone, tablet or TV
  • Cancel any time
  • The first month free

This is an acceptable package if you live alone or in a smaller household. It would also work if you don’t watch a lot of TV. In addition, you can’t stream in high definition with this package.

The Standard Package

Netflix’s standard package costs a bit more but is worth it if there is more than one person in the household. This is the package we currently use at our house. Here are the features.

  • $11.99 per month, plus taxes
  • HD available, but not Ultra HD
  • Two streaming devices max
  • Unlimited viewing
  • Viewing on your laptop, desktop, phone, tablet or TV
  • Cancel anytime
  • The first month free

The Standard Package is good if you will have more than one person watching at a time. But it does depend on your viewing habits. We rarely have more than two family members streaming at the same time. Therefore the Standard package works for us.

The Premium Package

Netflix also offers a premium package. Here are the details.

  • $15.99 per month, plus taxes
  • HD and Ultra HD available
  • Four streaming devices max
  • Unlimited viewing
  • Viewing on your laptop, desktop, phone, tablet or TV
  • Cancel anytime
  • The first month free

This would be a good package for a larger household with many viewers. Our family of six generally doesn’t have more than two people on Netflix at a time. For that reason we stick with the Standard package.

A Large Selection and Other Features

Netflix is currently offering over 10,000 movies and TV shows to viewers. But, the real draw for many seems to be their Netflix original TV series offerings. The company boasts of the more popular exclusive TV series, such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

They’re also backing the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot that got released this year. We’ve been subscribing to Netflix for about three years now, and we’ve been fairly satisfied with our time there.

They’ve got a decent selection of movies and TV shows in a wide range of genres. They will keep you entertained if you decide to cut the cable TV cord.

If I had anything negative to say about Netflix, it would be that the movie choices are pretty average. They don’t offer a lot of super exciting choices.

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4. Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video is a streaming service that is free when you purchase Amazon Prime. Or, you can purchase it separately for $8.99 a month.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense to purchase it separately, however. Amazon Prime is only $119 a year ($9.92 per month). If you’d rather pay on a monthly basis, it’s $12.99 per month. You’re probably better off getting the entire Prime package. This is because it comes with a host of benefits such as free two-day shipping.

Amazon Instant Video includes a variety of TV watching options in different categories.

Some categories include:

  • Popular movies
  • Various sporting shows
  • Amazon original shows
  • Popular TV shows
  • Documentaries
  • Kids TV and movies
  • Classic movies
  • Exercise and fitness shows and movies

The service also offers other genres such as a Faith and Family movies and Award Winning Short Films. The Amazon Instant Video service is currently boasting over 18,000 movies and 2,000 TV shows. This is according to this recent report from the Video Advertising Bureau.

That’s a hefty offering compared to Netflix’s combined 10,000 available movies and TV shows.

Other Amazon Benefits

Bonus: If you take advantage of Amazon Instant Video by purchasing Amazon Prime you’ll get other benefits. You’ll get on-demand, ad-free music streaming. 

In addition, you have access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. This means you can borrow one Kindle book a month free with no due dates. Also, you’ll qualify for free unlimited photo storage and more.

Other benefits to Amazon Prime members include the 5% cash back rewards program that comes with the Prime credit card. In addition, you get a thirty-minute head start on Amazon Lightning Deals.

Amazon Instant Video won’t give you access to cable TV goodies. You won’t be able to watch sports channels or popular movie channels. Still, it will greatly increase the number of TV shows and movies you have available to watch. And that at a super affordable price.

Note: Amazon Instant Video wasn’t compatible with Apple devices for years. This has changed with the recent development of the Amazon Prime Video App for Apple. Now, Apple users can watch Amazon Instant Video selections on their Apple devices.

5. PlayStation Vue

One of the more recently released streaming subscription services is PlayStation Vue. Don’t get fooled by the name. PlayStation Vue streaming isn’t only available on the newer PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 devices.

You can also stream with them on your web browser and your Apple or Android TV. And you can watch on your Amazon Fire TV and on other devices as well, including mobile devices.

PlayStation Vue costs more than the other services we’ve talked about. However, it still may be cheaper than what you would pay for your local cable or satellite packages. Here are the details on their available packages:

The Access Package

The PlayStation Vue Access Package costs $44.99 per month and includes almost fifty channels. It includes ESPN 1 and 2, the Learning Channel, Food Network, Fox Business and some local channels including CBS and Fox.

The Core Package

Their Core Package is just $5 more than the Access package at $49.99 per month. It contains nearly sixty channels. You’ll find offerings such as Bravo, HGTV, ESPN 1, 2 and ESPN News. In addition, you’ll get the Travel Channel, USA, WE, Disney and Disney Junior and more.

The Elite Package

Their Elite Package offers roughly ninety channels and costs $59.99 per month. It includes the channels mentioned in the Access and Core packages. Some of the favorites in this package are the E! Entertainment channel and the Family Channel. It also has the Cooking channel, Fusion, and National Geographic.

In addition, the Elite Package includes many sports channels such as:

  • Fox Sports North and Fox Sports North Plus
  • MLB Tv
  • The Olympic Channel

And others. If you’re a sports fan, this Playstation VUE package might be the one you want to choose.

The Ultra Package

PlayStation Vue’s Ultra Package is $79.99 a month. That may sound pricey. However, it includes all of the channels in the Elite package, plus HBO and Showtime.

I’d recommend comparing PlayStation Vue package prices to your local cable or satellite packages. You may find that the PlayStation Vue is a better deal – or you may not. In my city, the PlayStation Vue pricing beat out many of the popular comparable cable and satellite packages.

6. HD Antenna

Along with all of the streaming options mentioned above, there are other ways to avoid paying for cable. You might be amazed at how many channels you can view without a cable package by simply hooking up an HD antenna in your home.

Using a site called Antenna Web, I looked up our rural area address. I found out that we could get access up to 55 channels if we installed an HD antenna at least 30 feet above the ground. For free! Then I checked an urban zip code in our state. Antenna Web said they could get 73 channels by installing an HD antenna!

Not everyone can install an HD antenna 30 feet above their house or apartment. However, even lower level apartment TV viewers can add several channels to their viewing choices. They can do this by using other types of HD antennas.

Here is some basic information about HD antennas. We’ll share how they work and which types of antennas may be best suited for your living situation. The first thing you might be wondering about is what types of HD antennas are out there.

What Types of HD Antennas Are There?

There are a few variations when it comes to HD antennas. You have a choice to make as to whether to install an indoor antenna or an outdoor antenna. You’ve also got choices about whether to buy a:

  • directional antenna
  • multi-directional antenna
  • omni-directional antenna.

We’ll explain a bit about how to determine your antenna-buying choices next.

Indoor or Outdoor?

HD antennas are available in both indoor and outdoor models. Outdoor antennas generally go on the roof of a dwelling. They are more often used by homeowners or home renters. Indoor antennas are a bit more discreet looking. They are placed in various areas in a home or apartment.

Most of the time indoor antennas work fine as long as you meet one criteria. Your home must located within twenty miles of broadcasting stations. If you are further away than that, an outdoor antenna would be best. An outdoor antenna will likely give you the best viewing results even if you’re close to stations.

Directional, Multi-Directional, or Omni-Directional?

When you shop for antennas, you’ll find three descriptions: directional, multi-directional or omni-directional. A directional antenna works best if all of the broadcasting stations near you are near each other. Visit the Antenna Web website; it will show you where the broadcasting stations are in proximity to your house.

What if the stations are in the same general direction but are a bit further away from each other? In this case the multi-directional antenna may work best.

Let’s say the broadcasting stations in your area are in opposite directions from each other. If that’s the case, the omni-directional antenna will likely be your best choice.

Go and visit the Antenna Web website mentioned above. It will show you a map of where broadcasting stations are near you. You just have to enter your home’s zip code. This map will help you determine which direction the stations are from your house.

On another note, not all antennas are the same as far as function and quality. It’s important that you read the reviews when antenna shopping. Work to find the best-rated antenna for your home or apartment. For your convenience, we did some antenna shopping comparison for you. Here are four of the higher rated HD antennas we found on Amazon.

Outdoor Antennas

Here are a couple of links to outdoor antennas that had high ratings and good reviews.

Indoor Antennas

Here are a couple of links to indoor antennas that had high ratings and good reviews.

An HD antenna won’t give you all of the channels you would have access to if you purchased a cable subscription. However, it will increase the number of channels you can watch on local TV. And the one-time cost (as opposed to an ongoing monthly fee) means you’ll save money. It can be another attractive feature of using antennas to expand your viewing choices.

7. Online Viewing

Another cable or satellite alternative could include simple online viewing. Many TV stations – especially the larger ones like ABC and CBS – give website visitors access to their show episodes. You can watch episodes that have recently played when you visit their websites. Even some cable TV channels such as The Food Network have full show episodes available for web site visitors.

Each channel has different guidelines in terms of what it offers regarding online viewing. Some channels offer all episodes for online viewing, while others only offer a designated selection. Note that some channels will charge money for online viewing capabilities. However, other channels offer free viewing online.

YouTube as a Viewing Option

YouTube is another option for online viewing that can take the place of your cable or satellite package. The popular web channel shares many movies and TV show episodes for legal viewing. YouTube won’t offer an abundant selection of quality movies and TV show episodes. Still, there are some available, and it’s free with your Internet access package.

Most of what you’ll find on YouTube will be learning and entertainment videos. You may have to pay a small fee to watch some of the available movies or shows you find on YouTube. For instance, we recently watched an old classic movie on YouTube. It cost us $2 to stream it.

And keep in mind that you may also run across illegally published TV episodes for viewing on YouTube. YouTube does their best to get illegally uploaded videos off their site as soon as possible. However, some will slip through.

The illegally uploaded videos on YouTube are usually evident by poor quality video.


If you want to watch your favorite TV shows or movies without having a cable or satellite package, you have options. Consider checking out your favorite TV stations online at their channel websites or by browsing YouTube. You may find episodes and movies that they broadcast for free or for a small fee online.

Or for a more substantial viewing menu, consider signing up for one of the streaming services mentioned above. Most of them come with a free trial – anywhere from seven days to thirty days long. And many don’t require you sign a contract. You can stop or start the service as you please.

Considering canceling your cable TV subscription to find cheaper ways to watch your favorite TV shows and movies? There is a good chance that one of the options mentioned above will be right for you.

We’ve been using streaming services like Netflix and Hulu for nearly six years now. We find they fit our viewing needs. And, we have no desire whatsoever to go back to paying for a cable TV or satellite package.

There’s a variety of popular TV shows and movies available through venues other than cable or satellite. For this reason, there’s little need to spend more for your TV viewing selections.

Have you tried any of the cable alternatives mentioned here? If so, which ones have you tried? How did you like them? For those who have tried multiple services, which one did you like best?

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34 responses to “The 7 Best Alternatives to Cable TV in 2019”

  1. Mrs. Adventure Rich says:

    My husband and I never had cable and we have been really happy with that decision! We save a ton of money and avoid the TV time suck! Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and an Antenna for 3 channels keeps us occupied when we need to chill out.

    • Deacon Hayes says:

      I can totally relate. We cut our cable and havent looked back. We watch Netflix, primarily, but we do watch things on Amazon from time to time as well.

  2. Kristin says:

    I gave up cable forever ago. I live on a sailboat now, and I get all our shows and movies from the library! We don’t even go out to movies anymore. This has been an amazing way to cut back, and you’d be surprised by how many new releases there are. 😉

    • Laurie Blank says:

      That’s awesome, Kristin! I was just at our local library yesterday and happened to walk by the DVD section for the first time. I was amazed at the large selection they had! We are definitely going to consider visiting it in the future.

  3. kitty says:

    Can you please help me. I live in Mexico. I have a Shaw box and get cable from Canada. They are changing so I need to change. I have no idea what to do. Some people here have Roku, others have Netflix. I have a JVC and Samsung purchased in Mexico. I like to watch the British dramas Shaw offers on my 5 PBS channels. I also watch HGTV and vet shows. I have read a lot, but am confused. What do I do?

    • Deacon says:

      I would start by contacting those service providers to find out what is changing and how it affects you. Then you should be able to decide whether to stay with them or look for other options.

  4. Alex sandro says:

    All the alternatives that you mentioned consume a lot of data. So you must have the internet connection with unlimited data. Fortunately, Spectrum in McAllen provides internet data with NO Data Caps so you can enjoy all the alternatives completely.

  5. Savvy says:

    Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is a part of Amazon Prime membership program that costs $99 a year. KOLL lets you borrow one Kindle book a month with no due dates.

    Kindle Unlimited is separate from Amazon Prime and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. This is a standalone ebook subscription service with a monthly fee of $9.99.

    • Deacon says:

      Thanks for letting us know. We’ll double check and make corrections as necessary. We appreciate you telling us – not everyone would take the time. 🙂

  6. agudeza says:

    If any of these options think they are worthy to cause one to cut the cord they are all sadly mistaken. Once you add the total cost these options charge, just to get the more highly desirable stations most people expect, you run into limitations: how many devices you can stream simultaneously, how much bandwidth you would need to even maintain stability, and how much more speed you’ll have to pay for with your internet provider to get it. It’s almost as if they are pushing potential cord cutters right back to their cable providers. Not to mention, Comcast/Xfinity, as much as I despise them, gives more reasonable offers for less cost, with anywhere DVR – both local and cloud based.

    There isn’t a single offering out there that makes any sense for most family homes. None. 5 TVs can easily get the complete Comcast lineup of TV stations, including all of their premium channels, plus anywhere DVR hardware to boot. Additionally, if the cost was itemized apart from the Comcast Voice, and GB internet they give me, I am paying WAY, WAY less than any streaming service out there. That just plain sucks because not one other provider is available where I am, so the competition is non-existent. I, for one, think Comcast is over-priced. But, based on what I would have to pay to get what I want in a cord cutting option, I would be even worst off. These alternatives are only beneficial for single TV homes.

    My take is that they are focused on the areas that get NO cable service because they know it’s a slam dunk so they charge rates that are more expensive for what they offer because they can. It’s like this, if they want my business, they have to have the same TV channels for less and they are so far from it. Also, if they do undercut any pricing, it’s marginal because they are trying to maximize their profits exponentially. Take a look at the free trials they all offer. They’re almost all the same: 1 week, or maybe 5 days, and then the monthly rate kicks in. What a joke. They’re greedy.

    • Deacon says:

      It could be true that choosing one of these options won’t get you all of shows you could get with cable. However, if you truly want to get rid of cable, knowing what some of the options are can help you choose the BEST one. Then you can make the decision of whether or not it is worth it to spend the additional money to get the extra one or two channels through cable OR sacrifice one or two shows to save a BUNCH of money. It just depends your priorities.

  7. agudeza says:

    It’s not uncommon for people to pay $100 a month, $200 a month, or more for their cable or satellite TV packages? Are you kidding? Do you think these alternatives are any better?

    By the time you factor in functionality, premium channels, etc., most of these cord cutting options fall short in their ability to even keep up with what Comcast can provide a household. People paying over $200 for cable are also paying for their voice lines as well as their high speed internet, which, mind you, is required to even sustain these cord cutting offerings.

    Also, all of the channels available from any of these cord cutting options are not offered by Comcast. The premium line-ups have to be purchased separately. So, trying to get multiple TVs with full DVR functionality, as well as keeping enough bandwidth for those times when a household is very busy, means not one of these cord cutting choices make any sense. They are over-priced, unless you are a single TV household or live in an area where OTA TV, cable, and phone service is very limited. I hate that Comcast has the upper hand. Verizon was blocked from putting FIOS in my area because I live in Comcast’s backyard. They have all the local politicians in their pocket. These companies like Sling, VUE, and the rest of them, want to see more cord cutting. They need to start putting all the preferred channels in their line-ups and making some offers where packaging premium stations gives a discount. This ala-cart pricing sucks to high heaven. It only benefits those who NEED a cord cutting option. But, it does nothing special for those who are using Comcast.

  8. disgusted in Michigan says:

    I take it you have done your homework and it sounds as though you know your stuff! However, I do not know who you are or if you are a “plant” by the cable industry to down talk these alternative methods to cable. Having said that, I need to do my own research and I know I have to start somewhere, so I consider your remarks and opinions as that start. The problem I see in doing research is “who to trust”! Call me cynical if you wish. However, I detest these things about cable: 1) The major cable companies (Comcast, Spectrum, et al) control the perimeters of choice for consumers by, as you stated, “blocking” given areas; 2) If you want to watch a given number of channels, the cable companies mentioned control the “plans” for the channels that include my favorites like sports, local channels, documentaries, etc… I could not care less for the so-called movie channels that show hardly anything but smut movies. I have to pay an astronomical monthly fee to get the preferred channels and pay for channels I do not want or watch. I suppose I could list much more disgust that I have for cable. However, all I would be doing is frustrating myself more. The task of searching for the best solution is to me, much too tedious and not as trustworthy as is being touted by these “cable cutting” enterprises. So, until I can find a more realistic alternative, I will stay with the blood-sucking cable company which I currently have.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m sorry that you are disgusted, but I understand why you are wary. Keep in mind that some of these options let you try their services for free before you commit to anything. Also, if you have a few friends, as most people do, there’s a possibility one or more of them is already using one of these cable alternatives. Why not ask around to see if any of them do? That would give you the opportunity to receive a review from someone you know and trust to tell you how things really are. I wish you luck and encourage you not to give up on finding a replacement for cable.

  9. Joan says:

    As someone who has to watch MSNBC Live, none of these options work for me. I also love PBS and that’s not available either. I do have a fixed income, but all of these other channels are not as important to me. Do you have any advice?

    Thank you!

    • Deacon says:

      Unfortunately I don’t think there is a magic formula to get every channel you want. You just have to look over what is offered and decide which option gives you the most of what you want. But, if you want to drop cable and pay less each month, there are some ways you can and, hopefully, still get most of what you want to watch.

  10. Jacqueline says:

    If you have internet you can purchase an android box from Ebay and download several different apps to watch free live cable TV channels, such as Live NetTV 4.7. New Cloud TV has free channels, or you can get a plan with 120 channels for $7 a month. Mobdro has free cable channels. The Black Panther app has free TV shows and new movies.

  11. Courtney says:

    I live on the NC coast and have tried about every type of antennae …including putting the antennas on a pole 20 feet above our roof line…and still cannot get even the basic local channels which are within 50 – 60 miles as the crow flies! I would love to cut cable ties! I would even be happy to receive ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Ion, and PBS without other channels, but cannot even get those! Do you have any suggestions? PLEASE!

    • Deacon says:

      Do you have internet? If so, you may be able to stream some of those shows. I don’t know for sure if you can get local channels, but you might be able to get ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. that way with Hulu or Sling. Check them out with the links in this post.

  12. Laura says:

    For Joan who was looking for MSNBC and PBS: I watch both and have found after cutting the cord that I can have both. MSNBC is live on an app called Pluto TV, which I watch thru my Apple TV or just on my iPad. As far as PBS, I watch it thru the PBS app with the Apple TV also. If you don’t have, or don’t want, Apple TV, I’m sure both are available thru Amazon Fire Stick which is more reasonably priced. I hope this helps!

  13. Janet says:

    I live in an apartment on the ground floor. Is there an alternative to cable? I’m on a fixed income and my Spectrum bill keeps going up and up. I get no premium channels and I pay almost $150 a month. Also, what about a DVR with these alternatives?

    • Deacon says:

      If you’re thinking about streaming content, I don’t think you are required to get a DVR. However, the absolute best way to know about any equipment requirements is to check it out on the sites you are interested in. That way you have no surprises after having already signed up.

  14. Edie Dumas says:

    Nothing I saw addressed getting the WiFi signal to stream. I have Roku and blu-rays, but I have to use a modem or my mobile phone to stream. Please let me know how to bring in the signal.
    Thank you,

    • Deacon says:

      Edie, you will probably have to have internet in most, if not all, cases. In addition, some options may require additional equipment. Check out each website you are interested in to make sure of what the requirements are before settling on one. Then, to get internet, you’ll need to call a provider in your area.

  15. Marcia Lawson says:

    OMG… it is so overwhelming to try to save $50 a month!

  16. Reggie says:

    Laurie and Deacon,
    Just a note of thanks for the information you’ve provided. This comes on the heels of being on a Comcast Tech Support phone call last night which, again, just wasted precious time and left me more aggravated than prior to the call. I’ve felt so helpless, and strong-armed by Comcast for many years now, receiving subpar service despite countless attempts to have issues resolved. I pay over $200/month for this and I just can’t stand it a moment longer. To me, it doesn’t even matter which channels I want to watch because all too often I’m not able to watch them anyway due to mysterious cable TV problems (the Comcast Tech staff call them “glitches” I guess to make them sound less serious or annoying – WRONG!). Next month my 2 year contract will end (and who knows what kind of outlandish price they will then try to charge me) but I am going to do some homework now so I’m prepared and can drop them like a hot potato. Thanks again.

    • Deacon says:

      So glad this article was able to help! Cable provider’s customer service is definitely known to be less than stellar. I hope you find something that works for you!

  17. Carolyn says:

    I have Playstation Vue and love it. There have been no issues at all. They have raised the price twice since I started 2 years ago (from 34.99 to 44.99) and of course I still have internet through Cox Cable. But with the weather in Oklahoma, cable was always going out and I don’t have that problem with PSV.

  18. Kathleen Malandrucca says:

    I want to change from cable because it is just too expensive. My concern is my son that is a big hockey fan. He watches a lot of sports but more hockey. I need the sports channels that he would watch. I want basic TV, don’t need HBO or Showtime or any other pay channels. Need advice for the best on to get.

    • Deacon says:

      Hey Kathleen! Check some of the different options in the article. Some of the sites, e.i. SlingTV, offer live TV and give the option to select different tv channel bundles so you are getting channels that you specifically would want to watch! You can try to find a bundle that includes channels like ESPN or similar that would have hockey! I hope you find something that works for you!

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