Your Guide to
Cable TV Cord-Cutting

Stream the best TV shows, movies and more right to your living room at the very best price.

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About the vendors

HULU

Starting at $7.99/ mo

Hulu is a leading premium streaming service that offers instant access to live and on demand channels, original series and films, and a premium library of TV and movies to millions of subscribers in the U.S. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has consistently been at the forefront of entertainment and technology. Hulu is the only streaming service that offers both ad-supported and commercial-free current season shows from the largest U.S. broadcast networks; libraries of hit TV series and films; and acclaimed original series including Emmy Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mindy Project, The Path, as well as the upcoming Future Man, Marvel’s Runaways and The Looming Tower.

Pros

  • Stream current season episodes
  • HULU Plus has a huge selection
  • Larger catalog of TV shows

Cons

  • Commercials still exist with Hulu, unless you buy the premium plan
  • Limited original content
  • Cannot stream when outside of U.S

Roku

Starting at $29.99

Roku devices are simple to set-up and easy-to-use. They come with a simple remote, and powerful features like Roku Search which makes it effortless to find what you want to watch. Roku devices give you access to 500,000+ movies and TV episodes from top free and paid channels, so you can stream almost anything. Just connect them to the Internet, set up a Roku account, and start streaming. Roku is a more convenient and cost effective way to watch TV.

Pros

  • Stream top free or paid programming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu
  • Control your Roku with voice commands
  • Works with almost any TV

Cons

  • Free channels on Roku streaming devices often do have ads
  • Can not download videos
  • some channels must be purchased

Sling TV

Starting at $20/mo

Sling TV offers two domestic streaming services: The single-stream Sling Orange service and the multi-stream Sling Blue service. The Sling Orange service offers 30 channels including ESPN, Disney Channel, AMC, CNN, HGTV, and more. The Sling Blue service offers 40+ channels like FOX, NBC, regional sports (geographic restrictions apply), NFL Network, FX, and more. Add Extras to further expand and customize programming. Extras, like Sports Extra, Comedy Extra, Kids Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, and Hollywood Extra, are available. Customers can also add premium channels like HBO and STARZ.

Pros

  • Sling TV has most of the most popular cable channels
  • Low cost add-on channels
  • No contracts

Cons

  • You can only pick a package that includes pre-determined channels
  • Limitation on number of streaming devices
  • Limited live local channels

Playon.tv

Starting at $7.99/mo

PlayOn Desktop is a robust PC app built for the new way you watch TV. It is a portal to top streaming websites aggregated for you into one easy-to-use streaming video interface and a media server for all your photo, music, and video media. Want even more? Get the optional upgrade and you'll also have a powerful SVR (Streaming Video Recorder) that works like a DVR for streaming shows and movies so you can watch anywhere, anytime, even offline. PlayOn even skips the commercials for you.

Pros

  • Record streaming videos
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Affordable monthly plan

Cons

  • Most streaming services already offer downloads
  • Downloading live sports is a challenge
  • Video quality is at highest 720p

College Sports Live

Starting at $9.95/mo

Featuring over 50 schools, College Sports Live delivers exclusive coverage with customization and DVR functionality, to any of your screens. Watch and listen to live events and on-demand videos, on your schedule, from anywhere. College Sports Live features more ways to watch, on multiple displays and devices. Over 30 different Men's and Women's sports. 10,000 live events per year. College Sports Live is the most comprehensive collegiate sports streaming product available.

Pros

  • Application is free to download
  • Savings by choosing an annual plan
  • Helpful customer service

Cons

  • Frequent Issues with accessing a College Sport Live event
  • Forces you to turn off your pop-up blocker
  • Videos stutter if you have a weak signal

CBS ALL Access

Starting at $9.95/mo

We’ve made it easier than ever to access the shows you love from America’s #1 network – live and on demand! Catch up on fan favorites like NCIS, The Young and the Restless and Madam Secretary, stream exciting new comedies & dramas or discover something you’ve never seen before! Stream your local live broadcast – including NFL on CBS!* Just sign in to watch sports, special events and the shows you love. Enjoy subscriber-only CBS All Access Original Series like Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Fight, with more exciting originals – like No Activity – on the way!

Pros

  • Works with most devices
  • 1-week free trial
  • Stream many great movies, shows, and sports

Cons

  • Need to pay a premium for commercial free
  • No packages to select
  • Max of 2 devices

SHOWTIME ANYTIME

Starting at $10.99/mo

Get unlimited access to SHOWTIME series, hit movies, sports and much more whenever you want. Stream what's airing LIVE on SHOWTIME from your TV, tablet, phone and computer. Plus, you can now download full episodes and movies to your favorite mobile devices and watch them offline later. Get unlimited on-demand access to award-winning original series, hit movies, sports, comedy, and much more on your TV, tablet, phone and computer.

Pros

  • Great interface
  • Watch all your showtime favorites
  • Updates content

Cons

  • price varies on device
  • Limited devices you can watch at one time
  • Small library

NETFLIX

Starting at $7.99/ mo

Netflix is a streaming service that allows our customers to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries and more on thousands of Internet-connected devices. With Netflix, you can enjoy unlimited viewing of our content without having to watch a single commercial. There's always something new to discover, and more TV shows and movies are added every month!Netflix has an extensive global content library featuring award-winning Netflix originals, feature films, documentaries, TV shows and more. The more you watch, the better Netflix gets at recommending TV shows and movies you’ll love. You can play, pause, and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. Plus, you can download your favorite shows to your iOS or Android mobile device, or Windows 10 computer or tablet. With downloads, you can watch while you're on the go or without an Internet connection.

Pros

  • Commercial-free
  • Download and watch offline
  • Works on multiple devices

Cons

  • Takes a while to update content
  • Content is constantly changing
  • Library is pretty much outdated

PRIME VIDEO

$8.25/mo

Prime Video membership is a monthly plan that gives members access to Prime Video. With Prime, you already have access to a huge library of movies and TV shows at no additional cost, including award-winning Amazon Originals like Manchester by the Sea, The Man in the High Castle, The Grand Tour, and Mozart in the Jungle.Prime members can subscribe to over 100 premium channels like HBO, SHOWTIME, and STARZ, as well as specialty channels like Acorn TV, PBS Kids, and Heera. Only pay for the channels you want, watch anywhere, and cancel anytime—no cable required.

Pros

  • Included with your Amazon Prime membership
  • Download and view offline
  • Award-winning original content

Cons

  • Amazon Prime video only allows one profile per account
  • The interface is not user-friendly
  • cannot customize your profile to suit taste preferences