If you're like me, you watch a handful of shows on a handful of channels. Usually on DVR.
Getting hundreds of channels means nothing to you. It means nothing to me.
It's like being at a buffet filled with food you wouldn't eat.
Sure, it's all you can eat, sure, but you don't want to eat it!
Today, I want to offer up options.
If you're a convert to cutting your cable and going with just internet service (if you like sports, sometimes that's all you need!), here is a curated list of options to still get the shows you want.
For $20 a month, their basic package, Best of Live TV, gives you ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Cartoon Network, History Channel, Disney Channel, ESPN2, TNT, Food Network, TBS, Freeform, Adult Swim, IFC, A&E, El Rey, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel Channel, Newsy, Bloomberg Television, Local Now, Polaris+, Maker, Flama, and Galavision.
If you're one of the few people who watches one of those random ESPN channels all the time (most likely for international soccer), for $5 more you get their Sports Extra package that gets you the SEC Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, BeIn Sports, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Outside TV, and Univision Deportes Network.
How much are you paying for cable today and do you really watch channels outside of those? If the answer is no, consider cutting the cable for this way cheaper alternative that you can watch anywhere you are able to stream. SlingTV supports computers, tablets, Chromecast/Roku/etc, and even the Xbox One.
Best part, you can give it a whirl for free for 7 days.
(curious how they do it? SlingTV is owned by Dish Network, it's not some random startup that'll disappear on you)
After you purchase a Roku device, you can link up all your paid services for us with your TV (great if it's older and doesn't have internet connectivity) plus some free channels including PBS, Crackle, Smithsonian Channel, PBS Kids, CBS News, and more.
You can also purchase HBO Now and Showtime at the regular direct rates. Showtime offers a 2-month trial on Roku.
Roku has no on-going subscription fee, the only cost is the device, which you can usually pick up on sale on Amazon.
For that, I usually turn to Netflix, which has a huge library of television shows, movies, and their own original content. At less than ten bucks a month for their basic streaming package, it's insanely cheap and you can stream to nearly any device out there. I have yet to find a device that won't stream Netflix.
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4. Amazon Video
Like Netflix, you can stream it to nearly any device currently available. Amazon also has their Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices.
If you're a big fan of Amazon, you won't want to miss our list of the best Amazon hacks.
Showtime is also available as an add-on for Hulu Plus for $8.99 a month.
HBO, Showtime & Premium Channels
If you want to pick and choose premium channels, you can always buy a subscription directly from the providers.
For those that have partnerships with other services (like Amazon or Hulu), you'll pay a few bucks more going direct.
You can still get your shows without having to pay ridiculous cable fees for channel you never watch!