Cut the Cords: Best Streaming Alternatives to Cable

Cut the Cords: Best Streaming Alternatives to Cable

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Sep. 29 2021, Published 11:49 a.m. ET

Thank goodness for streaming – as cable prices continue to skyrocket, streaming platforms rise in popularity.  Known best as the generation’s savior to cable, streaming platforms have grown to be the preferred choice over cable and on-demand.

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Packages start as low as $25 a month with no extra fees, hidden charges, or contracts – which are a lot less than a cable subscription. You can stream live programming from channels you love like BET+, Paramount +, Discovery +, CNN, NBC, ESPN, and Fox.  On your smart TV, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV devices, or even gaming consoles – like PlayStation or Xbox – can be your medium for entertainment.

Movie lovers, channel surfers, soap opera addicts, and news-watchers can get their favorite programming at the tip of a finger – no cable box, antennas, or ugly cords required. Cable alternatives not only save time and money, but they also add privacy as you say “so long, farewell” to having technicians in your home.

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With live streaming, DVR, and cloud technology, you never have to miss your favorite show.

If you’re considering cutting the cords to cable these streaming platforms are the best bangs for your buck!

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Best live TV streaming service overall – YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is a subscription streaming service that lets you watch live TV from major broadcast and popular cable networks.

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PRICE: Free trial available, subscription starting at $65/month

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Best TV streaming overall for the money – SLING TV

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Sling TV is an American streaming television service operated by Sling TV LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dish Network. Sling TV is the first app-based TV service letting you stream live television and on-demand content over the internet.

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PRICE: Starting at $35/month

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Best on-demand – Hulu Plus Live TV

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Hulu Basic + Live TV offers over 75 channels, plus Hulu’s entire streaming catalog Hulu + Live TV allows two simultaneous streams between TVs, tablets, phones, and computers, while Hulu alone allows just one.

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PRICE: Starting at $65/month

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Best for channel surfers, sports fans – DirectTV Stream

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DirecTV is an American direct broadcast satellite service provider. DIRECTV delivers the best Live TV packages for you & your family. DIRECTV STREAM brings you Live & On Demand TV, Sports & Movies, at home & on the go.

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PRICE: Starting at $70/month

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Best if you don’t need sports or news – Philo TV

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Philo is an American internet television company that was first founded at Harvard University in 2010. Live & on-demand TV, Philo offers unlimited DVR, and investors in the company include HBO, Andrew McCollum, and Mark Cuban.

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PRICE: 7-day free trial available, subscription starting at $25/month

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