We get it. Ever since high school, you’ve been paying for cable. By this point, cutting it out of your life may feel like breaking up with an old friend.

But saving $100 per month while getting exactly what you want is a no-brainer.

And because these streaming services offer free trials and no contracts, there’s no reason NOT to try one.

In fact, most households subscribe to more than one and still pay a fraction of their old cable bill.

For example, Sling TV + Netflix + Hulu Plus = $36/month!

What works best for you?

 

1. Netflix

  • Cost: $7.99-$13.99/month depending on how many screens you stream to at one time.
  • Best for: Past TV seasons and movies
  • You’ll love: Commercial-free binge watching and access to family-friendly Netflix Originals like Story Bots, Trollhunters, LEGO Friends, Fuller House, Gilmore Girls and more.
  • You’ll hate: Waiting to watch new episodes. Newly-aired shows won’t appear on Netflix until the entire season is complete. Pair with Sling TV ($20/month), or Hulu Plus ($7.99/month) to get the latest episodes.
  • Commitment level: None. Try it free for one month and cancel anytime!
  • Stream on: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Chromecast, Android TV, tablets, computers, smartphones, or wifi-enabled TVs, DVD players, DVRs and gaming consoles.

 

 

2. Hulu Plus

  • Cost: $7.99/month
  • Best for: Current TV on demand
  • You’ll love: Getting the latest episodes on-demand. Miss an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale? Watch it the next day at your leisure. You’ll also get complete series and a growing movie selection.
  • You’ll hate: Commercials! They’re limited, but spending an extra $4/month for commercial-free viewing may be worth it.
  • Commitment level: None. Try a free one-month trial and cancel anytime.
  • Stream on: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Chromecast, Android TV, tablets, computers, smartphones, or wifi-enabled TVs, DVD players, DVRs and gaming consoles.

 

 

3. Sling TV

  • Cost: $20/month (Sling Orange, the cheapest version)
  • Best for: Combining on-demand entertainment with live TV
  • You’ll love: Channel surfing 30+ popular networks including HGTV, ESPN, Showtime, and Lifetime, or watching shows on-demand. It’s the cheapest option that most resembles cable.
  • You’ll hate: Commercials. And having to choose between the Sling Orange ($20/month) and Sling Blue ($25/month) subscriptions. Orange and Blue have their own bundle of channels, so you may be tempted to get both for a $5 discount (Orange + Blue = $40/month).
  • Commitment level: Nada. Try it free for a month and cancel whenever you want.
  • Stream on: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Chromecast, Android TV, tablets, computers, smartphones, or wifi-enabled TVs, DVD players, DVRs and gaming consoles.

Tip: Prepay one month of Sling TV to get a free Roku Express streaming device ($29.99 savings).

 

4. Amazon Video

  • Cost: Included in your $119/year Amazon Prime membership; or $12.99/month for just Amazon Video
  • Best for: Prime members
  • You’ll love: There’s a huge selection of on-demand comedy and kids shows — in addition to plenty of mainstream entertainment. You’ll also get access to award winning Amazon Originals like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Sneaky Pete.
  • You’ll hate: Clicking a show to watch, only to realize you have to pay for it. Amazon mixes their paid content with included content, so use parental controls to avoid unwanted purchases.
  • Commitment level: Cancel your Amazon Video account anytime, or go for the full Prime membership with a free 30-day Prime trial (includes Amazon Video) before committing.
  • Stream on: Hundreds of devices including Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and a number of enabled TVs and gaming consoles.

Tip: Go for the full Prime membership. You’ll get to enjoy all the little-known perks of Amazon Prime.

 

 

5. HBO Now

  • Cost: $14.99/month
  • Best for: HBO-only content
  • You’ll love: Unlimited access to all of HBO’s binge-worthy entertainment including Game of Thrones, Veep, and Westworld.
  • You’ll hate: Paying a premium price for a smaller collection of shows. But if you can’t live without HBO, this is a good service to add to another streaming service like Netflix or DirecTV Now (see #8).
  • Commitment level: Zip, zero. You can try it free for a month and cancel afterward.
  • Stream on: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Chromecast, Android TV, tablets, computers, smartphones, or wifi-enabled TVs, DVD players, DVRs and gaming consoles.

 

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6. CBS All Access

  • Cost: $5.99/month
  • Best for: CBS programs, including NFL
  • You’ll love: Streaming live NFL games and accessing 8,500 CBS shows on-demand, including CBS All Access Originals like The Good Fight.
  • You’ll hate: Commercials. Upgrade to $9.99/month to ditch them.
  • Commitment level: Try it free for one week and cancel anytime.
  • Stream on: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Chromecast, Android TV, tablets, computers, smartphones, or wifi-enabled TVs, DVD players, DVRs and gaming consoles.

 

7. Playstation Vue

  • Cost: $39.99/month
  • Best for: Cable/DISH lovers and big families
  • You’ll love: Watching programs on up to five screens at a time with the basic plan, which is unheard of for other basic plans! You’ll get 45+ live streaming channels, and the DVR feature lets you fast-forward commercials.
  • You’ll hate: The 28-day expiration date for your recorded shows, and location-based restrictions for certain networks.
  • Commitment level: Try a free 14-day trial and cancel whenever you want.
  • Stream on: PlayStation, Amazon Fire devices, Roku, Chromecast, smartphones, Apple TV (4th generation+).

 

 

8. DirecTV Now

  • Cost: $35/month
  • Best for: 100+ channels
  • You’ll love: Streaming 100+ live channels without a contract! Although owned by DirecTV, channels stream over wifi, so there’s no cable or satellite installation. You can also add HBO for just $5/month.
  • You’ll hate: Not having recording or on-demand features. This is regular old sit-down-and-watch-what’s-on type of viewing.
  • Commitment level: Try it free for a month. Or prepay one month ahead and get a Roku sent for free! Cancel at any time.
  • Stream on: PlayStation, Amazon Fire devices, Roku, Chromecast, smartphones, Apple TV (4th generation+)

Tip: The price will eventually jump to $60/month, but if you get the $35 promo pricing now, you’ll get to keep that rate even after the price increase.

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