How to Cut the Cable Cord and Still Watch Your Favorite Shows

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With the rising cost of cable and satellite TV, many people are consider getting rid of the service altogether. But if you’re worried you won’t be able to watch your favorite shows if you cancel your cable service, don’t be!

There are a variety of ways you can keep up with your favorite TV shows without that expensive cable bill. Here are my favorite ways to watch TV without cable.

Hulu

For less than $8 a month, you can stream a ton of amazing TV shows on Hulu. In addition to great original programming from the streaming service, you can also watch shows from major networks, like Fox and ABC, the day after they air on live TV.

And if you can’t live without watching your favorite shows right when they air, you can pay more for Hulu with Live TV. This streaming service gives you access to more than 50 live TV channels, in addition to all the shows and movies available on the traditional Hulu plan.

Hulu is available on a variety of devices, including a large selection of smart TVs and several streaming devices, like Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast.

Sling TV

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly live TV option, consider Sling TV. This streaming service is nearly half the cost of Hulu with Live TV. But the best part about this streaming service is that you get to pick the channels you want.

The service’s basic plan, which starts at $20 per month, includes 40 channels of premium cable. Upgrade to the next level for just $5 more and get 45 channels. Or combine both plans for a complete selection of cable channels for a fraction of the cost of a cable plan. For a complete list of channel offerings on Sling TV, check out this list.

On top of streaming channels, Sling TV also offers a variety of other amazing services, like cloud DVR, the option to add premium channels (like Showtime), and even access to local channels in some markets.

CBS All Access

If you’re a fan of Big Brother or enjoy watching NCIS, you probably know that one drawback of cutting the cable cord is that you can’t watch your favorite CBS shows on most streaming services. Luckily, signing up for CBS All Access is cheap and easy. For less than $6 per month, you can watch all your favorite CBS offerings on demand or stream CBS live on your favorite device.

One thing I love about CBS All Access is that you can watch more than just the traditional CBS shows that air on the cable channel. The streaming service also offers amazing exclusive content only available on the app.

YouTube TV

For live streaming access to all your cable channels, in addition to local channels, YouTube TV is a great option. It’s slightly less than traditional cable or satellite packages, but offers much more than a basic cable package could. On top of access to more than 70 streaming channels, YouTube TV allows you to share your package with up to six other people. And there’s no need to sign a contract, which means you can cancel at any time. The streaming service also offers unlimited DVR storage and no limit on the number of shows you can record at the same time.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime members have access to Prime Video with their subscription, but you can also access the streaming service for a monthly fee if you aren’t a member of Prime. The service gives members access to tons of amazing TV shows and movies on demand.

You can even watch your favorite shows a la carte by purchasing episodes or entire seasons for an additional charge. And if you love watching shows from premium channels, like HBO or Showtime, it’s easy to add those channels on to your existing package for an additional monthly fee.

Broadcast TV

Do you want to replace your basic cable for free? You can! All you need to watch basic broadcast television is an antenna. Simply hook up the antenna to your cable to watch a variety of live broadcast channels available for free. The number of channels available depends on your area, but most locations have access to their local ABC, CBS, Fox, and PBS stations through an antenna.

Philo

Don’t need to watch local TV? Philo is a great option for TV viewers who don’t care about accessing their local channels through a streaming service. For just $20 a month, you can watch nearly 60 cable channels through Philo. And in addition to streaming live TV, the app also offers a free cloud DVR service for recording your favorite shows and access to the library of on-demand content from all the channels available for streaming.

Vickie Louise
Vickie Louise
Vickie Louise is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Crazy Family. She is a stay at home mom of a little boy with a big personality. After having her son, she realized how important it is for moms to take care of themselves, physically and mentally. Vickie believes in the power of using social media and her online presence for good and is thrilled to provide you with a space to celebrate all that is awesome (and a little crazy) in the world.

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