Are you still stuck with those high cable bills? If so, why are you still doing this to you and your family? My mother was telling me about how much she pays for cable and she doesn’t watch much TV. While letting her know there are other options, we realized that there’s plenty to choose from. Seeing that she’s paying over $100 a month is absurd and there’s only a handful of channels she loves. Below are some of the options I’ve told her about. When going through this, hopefully you’ll find something that’s useful for yourself. Check out these 8 cable alternatives we have tried as a family.
With Hulu, you can check out many of your favorite shows. Hulu have two different packages for you to choose from. With the $5.99 package, you can Get unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library with limited or no ads. Enjoy full seasons of exclusive series, hit movies, Hulu Originals, kids shows and more. With the $44.99 package, you can stream 60+ top Live and On Demand TV channels including sports, news, and entertainment. You can also record live TV with 50 hours of Cloud DVR space. With Hulu, you can watch these programs on any of your devices or watch TV live online. If you like HBO, Showtime or Starz you can purchase the add-ons. The $44.99 package, you can view Hulu on multiple screens and Spanish add-ons are also available. My daughter loves Hulu because she can watch the few shows on there she likes.
You have probably heard about the great movies and shows from others before. Every week there’s a new shows or movie that’s a must see. You can watch Netflix on your TV, laptop, tablet, phone or anything you can stream. My Netflix costs about 9 bucks a month and my family absolutely love it. We all have separate accounts because we like different things. Netflix is so sure you’ll love it that they offer a free 30-day trial for you to try it out. My older two kids usually stream Netflix on their Xbox and PlayStation, while my youngest one watches on her iPad. If you have multiple people watching Netflix, you can purchase the $13.99 a month package. You can view it on up to 4 devices and download videos also.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is another streaming service similar to the ones mentioned above. With Amazon Prime Video, you have access to thousands of movies and TV shows. My wife actually has an account and just the other day we spent all day binge watching movies. We watched Juice, Why Did I Get Married Too, Def Comedy Jam and Poetic Justice. You also have the option to rent and buy several great movies also. Amazon Prime Video is compatible with all devices including gaming consoles and smartphones. You pay about 13 bucks a month or $119 for the year.
The first time that SlingTV was introduced to my family was in 2016. We absolutely loved it, but SlingTV has changed quite a bit over the years. They are broken up into three different plans and I’m sure one will fit your family needs. The first one is Sling Orange and with the 40% off special you can get for $15 a month. The Orange package have a lot of sports channels like ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN 3. Sling Blue is also $15 right now with the special they’re running. With this package, you’ll the USA Network, FS1, FS2, Bravo, TNT and many other channels. You can combine the two for $25, which is 40% off of the original price. You can get the best of both worlds, which is perfect for my family.
DirecTV Now is the alternative DirecTV came out with after a lot of backlash. Many people, like myself had DirecTV, but most of the channels we didn’t care about. DirecTV is very expensive, but DirecTV Now is an acceptable plan. The first deal is about $50 a month and they include over 45 channels. The premium channel, HBO is included in the package along with local channels like ABC, CBS and Fox. They have a $70 a month package that include over 60 channels and a lot of sports. This package includes the premium channels HBO and Cinemax.
My son let me know about PlayStation Vue since he has a PS4. The service was great, and the quality was amazing. As of now, PlayStation Vue have four different packages for you to choose. The Access package is $50 and they contain most of the popular channels. The Core package is $55 a month and they have a little more sports channels in addition to the ones Access have. The Elite package is around $65 a month and they contain the channels like the Core package, but also movie channels. The last package is called Ultra and you’ll be paying $85 a month. The Ultra package have the local, sports, movies and also the premium channels. When you go to the website, it immediately knows your location and shows the local channels they offer.
Amazon Fire Stick and Fire Cast
We had the Fire Stick since they came out. Late last year, we had the chance to try the Amazon 4K Fire Stick and the Fire Cast. This is the one that was placed in the man cave. All you need with the Amazon Fire Stick is great internet access. You have access to well over 500,000 movies and TV episodes. With the Fire Cast, you have the ability to DVR about 75 hours of programming. If you’re looking for local channels, add the Ultra-Thin Indoor Antenna. With the antenna you receive excellent reception as it reaches up to 50 miles from a broadcast tower.