The price of cable TV and satellite has risen drastically. If you are already living on a budget and you’re desperate to watch your favorite TV shows, you must be heartbroken.
However, don’t worry, you can watch TV without cable and it won’t cost you a fortune. Check out your options:
1: Spectrum TV Essentials
It’s a streaming package for those who love to customize everything they buy. It offers 40,000+ shows on=demand. Additionally, if you’d like premium channels, they are available as add-ons.
You will have 60 live TV channels to choose from. The options include Discovery, Comedy Central, HGTV, Cooking Channel, Hallmark, Nickelodeon and so much more. You can watch the content on your smart TV or mobile device through the Spectrum TV app.
Spectrum TV Essentials is a great combination of lifestyle, entertainment and news channels. The package doesn’t include local channels and sports content. It costs $15 per month. TV Essentials is only available to Spectrum Internet subscribers.
- 60 channels of your choice
- On-demand content
- Compatible on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, iPhone, Xbox, and Roku
- Streaming available via Spectrum TV app
Hulu is the cheapest way to watch TV if you don’t have cable. Its basic plan starts at $7.55 per month giving you access to unlimited content of your choice. This on-demand video service has popular shows from the USA and Japan. It’s owned by Comcast and Walt Disney Company.
You have two plans to choose from:
The price starts at $5.99 per month. This includes unlimited access to Hulu streaming library. You can cancel it anytime you want to. There are no contracts to bind you. One month free trial is available.
2. Hulu + Live TV
The price starts at $44.99 per month. Apart from unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library, you have the following options:
- Stream 60+ live and on-demand TV channels
- Record live with 50 hours of cloud DVR
3: Sling TV
The next option on your list to watch TV without satellite or cable is Sling TV. If it’s a budget-friendly if you are picking about streaming quality and channel offering.
Sling TV has 3 different packages:
|Package||Price||Number of Channels||Popular Networks|
|Orange||$25||30+||CCN, TBS, AMC, ESPN|
|Blue||$25||40+||Viceland, FX, El Rey|
|Orange + Blue||$40||50+||Comedy Central, History, NFL Network|
Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Android and iOS devices
To get started with Sling TV, subscribe to one of its plans. Then, you just need the Sling TV app to start streaming your favorite content on the devices mentioned earlier. Here’s what you will get with Sling TV:
- It’s a month-to-month service
- You may get local channels depending on where you live
- DVR at the cost of $5 per month is available
- A plethora of premium channels
4: Amazon Prime Video
Amazon has done a commendable job producing standout shows and movies. Shows like Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel even received Emmy nominations. You can also access some local and premium channels such as HBO, Starz, Cinemax, and Showtime.
Packages and Pricing
Access to Prime Video is available at a price of $8.99 per month. If you are a student, you can subscribe to Prime Video at $6.49 per month.
- Download up to 25 titles at a time
- Supports 3 devices for multiple streaming
- 4k Ultra HD streaming available
- Premium channel adds-on
- On-demand shows and movies
Amazon devices, Android and iOS, Google TV, Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation, and Xbox
5: Spectrum TV Choice
It’s another option if you are in search of the best ways to watch TV without cable. Spectrum is giving people the opportunity to pick local channels along with 10 cable channels of your choice for $22 per month. You don’t need a cable box for streaming. You can use Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV Roku and Xbox to watch TV using your Wi-Fi.
The plan includes the following features:
- Major broadcast networks like NBC, ABC, CW, and Fox
- Spectrum News 1 channel
- 10 cable channels of your choice
- Ability to add premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc.
Netflix is another affordable choice to watch TV without cable. You won’t find your local channels, only popular shows from a selected range of channels are available on Netflix. However, it has a wide range of original shows and movies that will keep you glued to your screens.
Here’re the plans to choose from:
|Plans||Pricing per mo.||Number of screens||Picture Quality|
|Premium||$15.99||4||HD & 4K Ultra HD|
Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, PlayStation, etc.
Before You Cut The Cord, Consider This…
By now, you must have chosen the option you are planning to stick to for watching TV without cable. But before you cut the cord, consider these:
- Is it offering local channels?
There must be some channels you love watching every single day. This could be NBC, CBS, Fox, and other local channels. Make sure the streaming service is offering them.
- What are your preferences?
How and where you wish to watch TV can affect your decision of cutting the cord too. When you switch to a streaming service, you must have a streaming device and a strong Internet connection.
- Are new seasons available?
If you like to keep up with the latest content, not all streaming services are capable of adding the content in their library as soon as the show is launched. Hulu offers new shows after they have aired on cable. For Netflix, you have to wait until the entire season is over. On the other hand, if you have subscribed to Spectrum’s streaming service, it’s like watching live TV so the shows will be available right away.
Last but not least, do the math to see how much money you are actually saving. The figure must be less than your cable TV bill. Only then it will make sense to cut the cord.