12 Best Cable Alternatives: Save Money and Enjoy Your Favorite Shows

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Cable is expensive. If you have not yet cut the cable cord, I would highly recommend it. Don’t throw your money away by paying for an expensive subscription for channels you don’t watch!

We have saved hundreds of dollars by disconnecting our cable. You know what, we don’t even miss it! Our household is much happier without it. We prefer to spend our money wisely on more important things. It doesn’t seem logical to spend a bunch of money on channels we didn’t even know existed.

Cable is just not necessary anymore. I want to help you cut the cable cord too.

Cable Alternatives

12 Best Cable Alternatives

  1. YouTube or Vimeo- Free

YouTube is great for viral videos, how-tos, and classic shows or movies. Vimeo is great for indie films and documentaries.

  1. Rent from the Library- Free

You would be amazed at what you can find at your local library. At most libraries, you can find contemporary TV shows, workout videos, and more. Libraries have a wide variety to choose from.

  1. TV Channels Online- Free

You can watch recently aired episodes for a limited time and download network apps to a smart TV or phone for free.

  1. Crunchyroll- Free with ads- $5 without ads

This is for all the anime and manga lovers out there. Crunchyroll offers tons of anime shows, dramas, and manga titles to its users.

  1. Hulu- $8- $12 per month

You can watch original series, currently airing shows, and movies soon after broadcast or release. You can pay an additional $4 more for no commercials.

  1. Netflix- $8- $12 per month

Binge watch series or entire seasons without ads. Netflix provides a wide variety of movies to watch, old and new, as well. If you need or want to stream Netflix on multiple devices, you will pay more for your subscription.

  1. HBO Now, Showtime, and Starz- $9-$15 per month

All these services have their own streaming services. Most of the time you can add these services to existing accounts or packages for an extra fee.

  1. Sling TV- $20 per month

Watch cable or satellite over the internet. You can add additional lineup networks for an additional fee.

  1. HDTV Antenna- Prices vary

This option allows you to really cut costs and still enjoy HD quality. Sometimes the quality is better than a cable line. This way live and local TV (news, sports, and weather) are still available.

  1. PlayStation Vue- $39.99- $74.99 per month

PlayStation Vue is a live streaming TV service with sports, news, and favorite must-watch shows. Depending on your location, you can receive a local CBS channel through the service and regionalizes your sports channels. You can add additional services (HBO Now, Showtime, etc.) for additional fees. Free 5 day trials are available. You don’t need a PlayStation to run this service. You can download the app to any smart devices or streaming service that allows you to download apps. Learn more at playstationvue.com.

  1. Amazon Prime Video- $8.99 per month

You can get access to a wide selection of popular movies, TV series, Amazon original series and buy or rent shows or movies not included in the package. You can buy this service individually or is included in any of the Amazon Prime membership packages. Check out the great benefits of an Amazon Prime Membership here.

  1. Roku- Pricing Varies

Roku is the company that pioneered streaming for the TV. Get access to tons of free content, Hollywood blockbusters, live TV and sports, and original content, movies, and the latest TV Shows. Prices vary depending on how you approach setup. Roku streaming players start as low as $29.99 and Roku TVs are available from a variety of TV manufacturers at affordable prices. There are no monthly fees for watching free channels or for using a Roku device. You only pay for subscription channels (Netflix, Sling TV, etc). You can learn more at the Roku website.

Other similar streaming devices worth considering are Google Chromecast, Apple TV, and Amazon Firestick.

Shopping for the Best Alternative for You

When shopping around for cable alternatives, you will have to do your research. My advice is to think about what you actually watch and base your choices off this. What package tailors to everyone’s desires and is the most cost-effective? This will help you narrow down your options.

I highly recommend starting with a live TV option such as Playstation Vue and then adding subscriptions such as Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime, Netflix, etc. as necessary. That way you have a way to watch live TV, the news, etc. Then you can switch to Netflix, Hulu, or Showtime if you are in the mood for a movie or want to binge-watch a TV series.

Don’t forget a lot of these services offer free trials. Take advantage of this and try them out before you buy.

Our household uses Playstation Vue, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, and a Roku streaming player. With all these subscriptions, we watch what we enjoy only, we don’t pay an arm and a leg for it, we don’t miss any of our favorite shows or sports, we don’t run out of anything to watch, and it’s more cost effective than cable. The switch was way worth it to us. I am sure it will be a great decision for you as well!

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Kristy is a lifestyle blogger wanting to make the world a better place by offering help with financial issues (debt and saving money), clutter, and making healthier choices. She also writes about life advice and her own personal experiences. She believes together we can make the rest of our lives the best of our lives.