Ditching Cable – Part 3 (Options to Watch & Stream Without Cable)

Here is the next installment in my guide to going cable free. The following is a list of ways that you can stream or watch TV once the cord is cut. As I researched this and thought it would have been great to have it all in one location. So here you are, look no further!

Apple TV | $69-120 (one time fee): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch on-demand.
  • Many apps available for both free and paid content.
  • Purchase season of current shows via iTunes for Live streaming.

Amazon Fire TV | $99 (one time fee): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch on-demand.
  • Many apps available for both free and paid content.
  • Games available.
  • Cool features like Voice Search let you talk to the remote.
  • Purchase season of current shows via iTunes for Live streaming.
  • Can Mirror Phone or Tablet to the TV.

Amazon Fire TV Stick | $99 (one time fee): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch on-demand.
  • Many apps available for both free and paid content.
  • Cool features like Voice Search let you talk to the remote.
  • Purchase season of current shows via iTunes for Live streaming.
  • Can Mirror Phone or Tablet to the TV.

Antenna | $30-150 (one time fee): Watch CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, ION, CW, FOX

  • Watch live.
  • Most locally broadcast channels available.
  • Check for your available channels here.

Amazon Prime | ($99/yr): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch on-demand.
  • TV Shows offered by season.
  • TV Shows are back season – about a year behind live TV.
  • Unique content available.
  • Most devices have a Prime App to direct stream.
  • Music streaming.
  • Other perks: Free 2 day shipping on purchases, some free eBooks & Audio Books for Kindle users.
  • Check currently offered shows  and movies here.

Netflix $7.99/mo: Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • TV Shows offered by season.
  • TV Shows are back season – about a year behind live TV
  • Unique content available like Orange is the New Black.
  • Most devices have a Prime App to direct stream.

Hulu Plus $7.99/mo: Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch many current TV shows on-demand.
  • Some TV Shows are back season.
  • Movie library is tiny.
  • TV Shows offered are available the day after they air on live TV.
  • Most devices have a Hulu Plus App to direct stream.
  • Check for your favorite TV shows here.

HBO NOW$15/mo (via Apple, Optimum users price TBD): Stream HBO

  • Watch on-demand.
  • Full HBO content library.
  • Most devices will get a HBO Now App to direct stream.

Sling.com$20/mo: Watch AMC, TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, Disney Channel, FOOD Network,  HGTV, EL REY, IFC, Travel Channel,  [ADULT SWIM], CNN, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, GALA Vision, MAKER 

  • Watch live.
  • Some shows also available on-demand .
  • Rent movies $0-4.99.
  • Many devices have an App to direct stream.
  • $5 Sports extra (ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and more).
  • $5 Hollywood extra (EPIX, Sundance and more).
  • $5 Kids extra (Disney Jr., Boomerang, XD and more).
  • $5 World News extra (HLN, Bloomberg and more).
  • $5 Lifestyle extra (DIY Network, TRU TV,  Cooking Channel and WE).

Network websites | $0 – cost of cable: Check your favorite channels websites.

  • Some networks allow free show streaming without a cable log-in.
  • Local news channels often allow you to stream their news broadcasts.

Network App’s | $0 – cost of cable: Check for your favorite channels on your streaming devices.

  • Some networks allow free show streaming without a cable log-in.
  • Find further details on which popular network App’s do this on the next post in this series.

The Dragon Box | $299 (one time fee): Movies, Music and Shows

  • Acts as a directory to find your content from other hosts.
  • Potentially could lose content as lawsuits are filed against the sites they direct toward to stream.
  • $5/mo Tech Support
  • $49.99 Support Upgrade

(Rumored Fall 2015) Apple Steaming TV Service | $30-40/mo (estimated): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Approximately 25 channels will launch.
  • Rumored channels could include CBS, ABC, Disney.

Slingbox and other devices are intentionally left off my list as they require a cable subscription to watch. As more options become available, I will add them here. Have one I missed? Leave me a comment and I will add ASAP.

Check out the other posts in this cord-cutting series:
Ditching Cable – Part 1 (Why I’m Going There!)
Ditching Cable – Part 2 (Dealing with a Dead Zone)
Ditching Cable – Part 3 (Options to Stream) (you are here now)
Ditching Cable – Part 4 (How To Stream TV by Network)
Ditching Cable – Part 5 (How To Stream By TV Show)
Ditching Cable – Part 6 (How Low Can I Go?) (coming soon)

f you have gone cable-free lets hear about it in the comments.

Happy Streaming!
<3,
Roni

6 thoughts on “Ditching Cable – Part 3 (Options to Watch & Stream Without Cable)

  1. Jonathan 3.141592 says:

    Thanks a lot. Exactly what I needed right now.
    Ordered a ChromeCast lately and got a Netflix abo (the german one – though, right now it’s not quit convincing me to keep it) Gonna try your mentions, too.
    So long

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