Pretty much everyone is aware of Netflix and Hulu these days. In fact, more people than ever before are getting rid of cable altogether and switching to these on-demand online services.
But what if you’re worried about losing access to live TV? Or are you a die-hard fan of certain premium network shows? There’s good news for you if you’ve been a holdout who feels like you still can’t go without cable. New services have cropped up in the past few years that make it much easier to say goodbye to cable and “cut the cord” for good. Here are some of the options that make it easy to enjoy great entertainment without having to rely on only Hulu and Netflix.
Wish you could watch live programming without a cable subscription? Sling TV is here to help. Many people are frustrated by the fact that so many networks require cable subscriptions even for online viewing. Sling TV allows you to buy a much, much cheaper monthly package and still get access to your favorite shows online so you can watch them live. There are different packages available as well so you can customize the experience. Here are some of the many networks you can watch live if you sign up for Sling:
- ESPN 2
- Comedy Central
- Cartoon Network
- History Channel
- Disney Channel
- Food Network
- Travel Channel
Seriously, that’s not even all of the channels you can get live for monthly rates as low as $20 per month. And sports fans, take note: the first two channels listed above are ESPN and ESPN 2. Sling offers a number of other sports networks as well, which is great news for those who have held off on getting rid of cable due to their love of live sports.
Sling TV works on a number of devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and more.
Another reason many people are hesitant to cut their hefty cable bill is that it includes access to their favorite premium channels, such as HBO. But more of these networks are accommodating those who want to pick and choose their favorite channels. HBO Now is the answer to this common cord-cutter conundrum. Don’t mistake this for HBO GO, which is the online access program for those who have a cable subscription that includes HBO. Instead, HBO Now is a new option that lets you watch your favorite HBO shows online and through devices like Apple TV or a Roku.
The latest shows, including Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, Girls, Veep and more, are added shortly after airing. Meanwhile, you also have access to tons of other HBO content, including past TV series, tons of kid-friendly titles and recently released blockbuster movies, all for just $14.99/month.
HBO Now works on a number of devices, including iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and more.
Hulu with SHOWTIME
Like HBO, you used to need a cable subscription to get SHOWTIME. However, this premium channel now offers a great solution for those who have decided to make the switch to online content. If you have a Hulu subscription, you can add SHOWTIME access on for just $8.99/month. This premium add-on is easy to use since you just access it through the Hulu interface. Plus, you can still watch all your favorite SHOWTIME programs, like Homeland, Shamless, Masters of Sex, The Affair and more. And don’t forget, you can also use Hulu with SHOWTIME to watch past series from the network, like Dexter or Weeds.
Hulu with SHOWTIME can be used on all the same devices as Hulu. That includes Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Playstation3 & 4, Wii & Wii O, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Windows 10 and more.
Though it’s been a top player for a few years now, many people still aren’t very familiar with Amazon Video. That’s because it came out relatively late compared to mainstays like Hulu and Netflix. But now, Amazon Video is becoming one of the hottest online content sources for those who have cut the cord.
To get Amazon Video, you need an Amazon Prime membership, which is $99 per year, which is comparable to the monthly rates charged by Hulu, Netflix and other popular online content services. With that subscription, you can access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional charge. There’s also a huge library of titles that you can buy or rent. Amazon is even debuting some original series to great fanfare, like Emmy award-winning comedy Transparent.
You can watch Amazon Video on a number of devices, including iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and more.
Consider these great options if you want to cut your cable spending by picking and choosing online content that works for you.