Have you ever gotten into a battle with your cable company? Between trying to find competent tech support and sacrificing all day while waiting for a hook up, many folks wonder why they put up with this nonsense.
It wasn’t that long ago when you didn’t have much of a choice. You were either stuck with an antenna for reception (does anyone remember those?) or you were at the mercy of whatever cable company dominated your community.
That was then. Today, plenty of entertainment options have nothing to do with your cable company. We’re in the wide word of streaming content and there is a lot of viewing out there! Consider these terrific picks for streaming entertainment:
CBS All Access
Before cutting the cable completely, you might want to consider what shows you watch and on which channel. For all your favorite CBS shows, there is CBS All Access. A small monthly fee (currently around $6) lets you watch the CBS channel through your computer or mobile device.
Around 7,500 episodes are on demand — that’s a nice library. Also, this is the channel that is developing the new Star Trek series. That might be worth the six dollars.
Do you need your Game of Thrones fix? What about checking back in with The Sopranos? HBO Now can get you both. This stand-alone streaming-only service lets you enjoy all the HBO programming without the cable. If HBO is your go-to channel, HBO Now is a viable option for saving on your monthly cable bill.
When was the last time you went to the library? All that free content is just waiting to be checked out. Now, you can check out a lot of that content online through HooplaDigital. A lot of movies, concerts and other programs are available to stream. And also like a library, it is all free. Yes, free as in no cost. This one’s definitely worth checking out.
Netflix is the company that is probably most responsible for wiping out video rental giant Blockbuster. Why go out when you can have a movie delivered in the mail?
Netflix is also the pioneer in streaming. Not only do they have an enormous library of movies and television programming, but they are now also active in original programming. Even if you only got Netflix for House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, you would still come out ahead. And let’s not forget how they kicked off the new dating phenomenon – “Netflix & Chill.”
Did you miss recording your favorite TV show because the cable went out? You can probably catch up with that series on Hulu Plus. Most network shows are available over on Hulu the day after their original airdate. Like Netflix, Hulu is also getting into the original content game. They’re even snagging shows that were cancelled by their network, like The Mindy Project.
Believe it or not, Amazon used to only sell books. Now they sell everything, including streaming content. In addition to all the content available with an Amazon Prime membership, you’ll get free two-day shipping on a lot of Amazon orders. It’s a great excuse to order up that new popcorn machine.
KlowdTV is live cable but for the “offshoot” channels. You won’t be able to access the big players like CNN or ESPN. However, you might find their alternative programming choices to be right up your alley. This is a great service for a lot of Spanish-language content, too.
Don’t be put off by Sling TV’s connection to Dish Network. You can still live stream all the big cable channels without the cable hookup. The only drawback is that you can’t get any network feeds. Still, if all you watch is The Walking Dead and Top Chef, this could be the service for you!
Keep in mind that if you are cutting the cable and switching to streaming, you won’t be locked down to a computer or smartphone. Many streaming devices such as Roku plug right into your TV. Oh, and let’s not forget Apple TV, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. All you need is Wi-Fi and you’re good to go.