Are you considering cutting the cable and moving to a cable-free, contract-free life? Or have you already moved ahead of the pack and just want to make sure you have the best possible deal? Or are you looking for a way to see the big game in your family room without reconnecting the cable? Or have you relied on torrent sites that move all the time because they skirt the law and put up with their slow download speeds because cable was just too expensive?
You’ll be delighted at the affordability and quality of the streaming services available today.
Our round up of the current deals and free trial offers at these providers will keep you on the right path!
If you want access to a smaller customized group of premium channels, Sling may be the way to go. Depending on your selections, get access to poplar Hollywood hits, fast paced sports, award winning documentaries, comedies, Starz, Encore, Showtime, EPIX, and many more, all commercial free. International channels from the Middle East, China, Brazil, India, and Europe can be added to your selection. Sports, lifestyle, and kids’ selections are also available including Disney Junior, Disney XD, and other kid favorites.
Trial: 40% off the first month
Where: Any device
Commercial Free and the ability to fast forward through commercials
Price: Sling Orange and Blue are each $25 per month or get both for $40/month.
Add A La Carte Channels available beginning at $3/month
DVR for a small additional monthly cost with no duration limits; record multiple shows at the same time.
Watch anywhere: Smart TV’s, Dumb TVs with Sony Streaming Media Player, PlayStation, Xbox, Chromecast, Apple TV, Blu-ray players, and more.
Price: Begin at $8.99 – $13/month with no contract
Netflix offers a free 30-day trial and even reminds you three days before the end of the trial in case you want to cancel.
You can download shows to watch when you’re not connected to the internet. Watch on your TV, phone, tablet, or laptop.
Watch an unlimited number of movies and shows, including award-winning exclusive Netflix produced shows, anime, documentaries, and your favorites.
Netflix Originals have avid fans. With over fifty original shows and movies, you miss out on great programming if you don’t have Netflix. Netflix Originals include Stranger Things, The Crown (Golden Globe Award), Marvel's Luke Cage, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie, House of Cards, Bill Nye Saves the World, Black Mirror, Travelers, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
There’s a lot of buzz about Apple TV Plus which will begin November 1st. They’re coming out of the gate with a low price. They only have 9 titles with more expected. As a Netflix and Prime subscriber, I was sort of blah about subscribing to Apple TV until I watched this alternative history trailer. Warning: You may feel compelled to spend money if you watch this trailer.
Apple has a $6 billion budget to create the channel and is enticing some of Hollywood’s’ greatest stars including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, to their scripts. Other high-profile celebrities that are involved include Steven Spielberg. Oprah, and J.J. Abrams
Trial: 7-day free trial
Where: Apple devices and with the Apple TV App
Price: $5/month (free when you buy a new apple gadget)
Sharable with up to 5 family members
Language: Original shows will be available either subtitled or dubbed in dozens of languages and closed captioned.
Disney Plus is coming November 12th with a large selection of family friendly shows including all Disney’s blockbuster hits, Marvel originals, Star Wars, and much more plus 300 movies and thousands of TV shows.
Fill your family room with the excitement of the game with live events from NHL, Seri A, FA Cup, Top Rank Boxing, MLB, Grand Slam Tennis, and college football, basketball, and lacrosse. You also get the award-winning 30-for-30 library.
Trial: New subscribers only
Where: Smart TVs, computers, PS4, Roku, Play Station, Chrome Cast, Apple TV, Oculus Go
Price: $4.99 per month or $49.99 each year. No contract.
Sharable: Up to three devices
Originals: The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry, Peyton’s Places, Detail from the Mind of Alex Morgan: The Equalizer, and exciting Kobe Bryant.
Bonus: Read exclusive articles from Mel Kiper Jr., Buster Olney, and Eric Karabell.
Blackouts: Certain events may be blacked out in specific areas.
HULU + Live TV is great for sports fans who want access to major pro games from the NBA, NHL, NFL, and college games including the NCAA and even the English Premier League. If something bad happens anywhere in the world, you’ll know about it with the breaking news stories with your choice of FOX News, CNN, or MSNBC. HULU also provides children’s viewing options including the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network. 60 top television channels and 50 hours of DVR.
Where: any screen
Some Commercial Free Programming
Price: $44.99/month. No contract.
Add-ons like Cinemax, Showtime, and STARZ are available for $8.99 – $14.99 a month. You can also upgrade for unlimited screens at home and 3 away from home.
Over the air live and recorded TV – Free. An easy way to cut the cord without cutting access to a lot of shows including sports, pop culture, food, cooking, music, home and garden, and more. This is an App. Plex connects your media across all your devices.
Where: Any device
Basic App: Free
Plex Pass subscription: $39.99/year, or $149.99 for a lifetime subscription
Roku brings your old TV into the new era. If you have a TV that is still working great, but it doesn’t have wi-fi or Bluetooth capabilities, Roku allows you to access streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and others on your older television and provides better access to broadcast channels. Plug it in and you get access to 500,000+ tv episodes and movies from free and paid sources. Almost 150 sports channels although some require a paid subscription.
Trial: No because you buy a physical device, but it is returnable.
Where: Your TV – can be moved to different TVs
Price: $29.99 for the basic unit; they also offer a Roku TV.
Sharable? No, a device is required that must be plugged in to the device
Content has commercials
Technical support is provided during the warranty period.
The Roku channel is an add-on to your Roku. It adds more than 10,000 Hollywood hits, shows, sports, news, and more. Although there are commercials, they have fewer than broadcast TV. If you have multiple subscriptions to premium channels, you’ll be able to browse all of it in a single channel instead of separately searching for movies.
Price: Plans begin at $29.99 a month. Requires a Roku device or Roku TV.
SiriusXM provides music you can personalize using Pandora for add-free music listening pleasure. Easy to search by channel, show, or episode and reminders when your favorites are about to begin. Sync your favorites across all your vehicles.
Access to original content and thousands of movies, exclusive content, and shows you don’t want to miss.
Trial: 7-day trial
Where: Any device
Price: $8.99/month; cancel anytime
Original Content: Outlander, Spartacus, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Black Sails, Power, Outlander, The White Princess, The White Queen, Camelot, Boss, The Pillars of the Earth, Magic City, Survivor’s Remorse, Party Down, Flesch and Bone, The Girlfriend Experience, American Gods, Counterpart, Da Vinci Demons, Blunt Talk, Vida, Sweet Bitter, and more.
YouTube TV brings you at least 70 channels and, in larger metropolitan areas like Sacramento, Charlotte, Los Angeles, and New York City they have 119+ channels including local stations. Includes significant on-demand content and broadcast sports.
Where: Any device
Some Commercial Free Content
Price: $49.99/month; no contract, cancel anytime; no hidden fees or equipment
Sharable with up to 5 household members
Unlimited simultaneous recording and store shows for up to 9 months
We’ve been tethered to the cords of our cable and satellite TVs so long that it can feel as if we’ll miss something important if we cut the cord. We cut the cord a year ago and in addition to saving a ton of money to our cable provider, we love the convenience of watching what we want exactly when we want it. We would never go back to cable or satellite.
We travel extensively and the first time we began a show we were in the middle of watching in a hotel room and it began exactly where we left off, we looked at one another and grinned. No fussing to find where we left off. We can fit our shows into our busy life and if we don’t have time to watch until the end – no worries, we know we’ll pick up exactly where we left off.
Stop the Hassles and Hidden Fees
Cable and Satellite companies love locking you into a 2-year contract and, if you move, you’ll end up with an early termination fee if the service isn’t available where you move to. We once had a cable company charge us an early termination fee because we moved the day before our contract hit the 2-year mark. As they lose their monopoly status, they’ll be fighting for every customer but if you’re locked into a 2-year contract, you’ll be paying more than the deals they offer new customers. So, join the freedom revolution and cut the cable today!
What Risks Are You Taking That You Could Avoid for a Few Dollars a Month?
When you access the type of free sight that moves frequently to evade the authorities or torrents, you risk being named in a copyright infringement case that could end up costing you thousands in attorney’s fees, settlement fees, or tens of thousands if you’re the wildebeest chosen to make an example of to discourage others. When Cable companies wanted over $100 a month and required good credit, it might have made sense to go another route. When you can get all Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others have to offer for less than two coffees at Starbucks each month, is it really worth the risk?