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The ultimate cable cutter manual

Cable TV was once the ultimate entertainment need. The over-the-air days of VHF / UHF television signals could not keep up with those insatiable viewers who needed more, more, more channels. Having a cable that pumps all of this content straight to your home has become the norm, and cable providers – who are likely to offer high-speed broadband Internet access – knew they had it on their hooks.

Cable providers did not take this into account, however, that the Internet they provided would become their worst enemy. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video are the best-known names in what's known as "cable cutting." You no longer have to work with pay-TV to get all your "television" programs through Internet streaming services ( or in some cases over the air waves). Cable cutting means that you do not have to pay a huge monthly fee for thousands of television hours that you (theoretically) do not see. Instead, you pay for the a la carte programming individual services. It's like paying for what you look at. Nearly.

According to eMarketer, pay-TV will have approximately 72.7 million subscribers in the US by 2023, compared to 1

00.5 million in 2015. In the second quarter of 2019 alone, pay-TV providers lost 1.53 million subscribers Leichtman Research.

] Ironically, pay-TV providers do not always lose these customers altogether, because more are also ISPs. Companies like Comcast, Charter and Altice are easily surviving the loss of pay-TV subscribers because people need them for broadband. Cable cutters need a strong Internet line to get the same quality TV programs over the Internet. Without high-speed broadband, cable cutting is probably not for you.

However, a fast pipe is not everything you need. Here's what you need to become a full-fledged cable cutter, with access to (almost) everything you would get over regular cable television.

Radio Antennas and DVRs

Before we look at the apps / hardware you need as a digital cable cutter. Think about what else you can do about over-the-air (OTA) broadband transmissions.

Important network partners in big cities still send HD transmissions over the radio waves. All you need is an HD antenna to receive the signal. Modern HD antennas do not have to be mounted on the roof and do not occupy as much space as a satellite dish. Many are simple things that you set up next to the TV or the living units you hang in your window. Nevertheless, powerful outdoor antennas remain a viable option.

Before getting on the aerial train, you should determine if OTA HD is an option for you. Visit AntennaWeb or TV Fool for a list of stations broadcasting nearby. All the better if you can direct your antenna to the nearest radio station. Do not be surprised if you can not reach any or only a few channels. It happens.

 Mohu Leaf Metro

Top-rated HDTV indoor antennas include the window-mountable Moho Leaf Metro ($ 17, above), which can be connected directly to a TV tuner. Outdoors, you can try the roof-mounted Direct ClearStream 2Max or 4Max antennas with a range of 60 or 70 miles. Other antenna manufacturers are 1byOne and View TV.

If you do not live near the local TV tower, you probably want the signal amplification. Amplifiers do not amplify the incoming signal. They make an already low signal strong enough for the TV tuner. Even some of the flat antennas have gain options. Reinforcement, however, increases costs. The setup is simple, but you have to play with the antenna position to maximize reception, just like playing with rabbit ear antennas. Some outdoor antennas can work from the inside, provided they are high – say in your attic – and there are not many obstacles.

You can use a TV antenna to watch live TV, but that's not the case. in the 1970s. You need a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to record programs and watch them when needed. Consider the TiVo Edge for Antenna, a system with four antenna tuners and 300 hours of recording time on a 2 TB drive for $ 349.99 (plus a subscription for $ 6.99 per month). The Mini Vox box, sold separately for $ 179.99, allows you to extend the DVR coverage to other rooms. As "vox" implies, use voice control via the remote control to play the DVR. In addition, numerous streaming apps are integrated.

TiVo has several other OTA DVRs, as well as companies like Tablo and Channel Master.

Media Hubs and Smart TVs

There are many ways to view these Internet-based streaming TV as a cable cutter.

Screen options include your phone, tablet, computer, or TV. Everyone is perfectly capable of downloading the apps for their services. Big names like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube are available on virtually every platform. Visit the corresponding websites on a PC.

 Connect the iPhone to the TV

If you have a decent laptop and a nice TV, all you need is an HDMI cable between the two cable cutters: stream on your laptop and watch on the big screen too. You can also use your phone. There are too many apps to transfer or mirror what you see on the phone to the TV. (Read how to connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV to find out more.)

Then there's the TV itself. According to Leichtman Research, 69 percent of households in the US have a connected TV. Many modern devices are "Smart TVs" with integrated apps (and app stores) and networks to access the Internet. Use it to download (most) cable cutting apps that you want.

Get a Media Hub if you do not have a Smart TV. You may already have one in the form of a game console: Xbox One and PlayStation 4 support most streaming apps (the Nintendo Switch only supports Hulu and YouTube). Several Blu-ray players also integrate media hub options.

There are two main types of media streaming devices (hubs): A device the size of a USB stick that connects to the TV's HDMI port, or a larger hub that offers more features. One set top box.

Among our Editor's Choice products for the small "stick" media hubs is the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote. If you do not like Amazon, there is also Google Chromecast. Roku, as shown above, plays a major role in this area. The Roku software is integrated into some smart TVs like the TCL 65S517 so you do not even need the stick.

If you're thinking of a bigger device that promises better performance (like 4K support) and even onboard memory, you might want the latest Amazon Fire TV Cube or Apple TV 4K. Again, Roku produces a whole range of such products, but our analysts did not care about the latest products.

Know Your Cord-Cutting Services

The key to effective cable cutting is knowing which apps are available. They are available on the hardware of your choice and know the programming of the various services and their costs.

The types of apps that allow you to watch streaming videos can be divided into the following main categories:

However, there are a few odd streaming options for those who still have a cable or satellite subscription :

On Demand Streaming Services

These are the services that you "I'm used to over most things like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and all upcoming services like Disney, HBO Max and Apple TV based on subscriptions, see what you want, when you like, subject to availability, and offer original films and series, some originals are prestige programs, others are foreign Imports, others are cheaper junk – as with all OTA TV channels too Netflix Netflix $ 8.99 a month for an SD stream, $ 12.99 a month for two HD streams, $ 15.99 Dollars a month for four streams plus 4K / Ultr a HD content support.

Netflix is ​​awesome in online streaming. It started out as a DVD-per-mail rental service, and while that's still part of its business, streaming is what it's now known for. There are a lot of original shows, far too many to mention here. In 2018 alone, the company spent up to $ 13 billion on originals. This makes Netflix a destination that not only has a market share but also an exchange of ideas.

See a complete list of Netflix-powered devices. There are no add-ons, additional channels or live TV. Netflix is ​​an island and she likes it that way.

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$ 5.99 per month with advertising; $ 11.99 for no advertising

In Hulu, the day after the program airs, you'll find the latest ABC, NBC and Fox TV shows. There will also be selected shows from CBS, BBC America, Comedy Central, AMC and others, usually one year after the broadcast.

For the original program, Hulu began feebly, but knocked it out with ] The Maid's Story . There were also performed some marvelous Stephen King adaptations such as 11.22.63 and even Veronica Mars returned. There are a couple of films, but Hulus strength is television.

For an additional fee, you can add premium content to your account, including HBO (14.99 USD), Showtime (10.99 USD), Cinemax (9.99 USD) and Starz (8.99 USD). It's the same or cheaper than paying these channels separately, but you get them all in the Hulu surface. This does not even apply to the live TV option of Hulu – more on that below.

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  Amazon Prime Video

Prime Video [19659034] $ 8.99 per month, only for Prime Video; $ 119 a year or $ 12.99 a month with Amazon Prime

Prime Video is a nice mix of an all-you-can-eat streaming service like Netflix and a video-on Demand store with lots of original content to go with something. Amazon has invested heavily in creating original TV shows. Among the great shows include The Man in the High Castle, Catastrophe, Bosch, The Young and several Emmy winners The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel and Fleabag [19659002] Amazon Studios produces / sells movies, including some highly praised films such as Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick so Prime Video gets them first. You can also rent or buy a movie for streaming, even if it's not prime streaming. Just pay him on Amazon.com and then watch him in the Prime Video interface. Technically, Prime Video offers the largest catalog of content available on all streamers.

Do you want to add additional services? Amazon calls them " Channels " and they include: CBS All Access, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, Hallmark, Shudder, Acorn TV, Epix and many more. They cost an additional $ 3.99 to $ 14.99 per month per service, whichever you choose. Prime Video channels also include all "free" (ad-supported) movies seen in IMDb TV since Amazon owns the IMDb.

 Related Topics For more information, visit Amazon Prime Video Features You May Not Know .

  Premium YouTube

Premium YouTube

$ 11.99 per month; $ 17.99 per month for 5 family members; $ 6.99 per month for the student plan

If YouTube is a basic requirement for your cable cutting experience and millions of hours of videos per second are uploaded, this should probably be the case – then perhaps this paid one Experience (which it used to be called YouTube Red) will be to your liking. After a month-long trial, you'll receive completely ad-free YouTubing at $ 12 per month – plus access to the original shows behind the paywall. You can even download some shows to watch later if you do not have a connection. A subscription also includes YouTube Music Premium.

Do not confuse it with YouTube TV which will be discussed below.




Quite ubiquitous among the streaming hubs, Sony's own Crackle offers a versatile selection of content, mostly commercialized, for free. We're talking about really bad commercials being inserted at odd moments in movies – sometimes in the middle of a scene – as if an algorithm were taking over the edits, not a human being. The films are usually quite spectacular and occasionally contain jewels from Sony. Crackle is increasingly trying to create original content, but nothing has become mainstream. It once boasted Jerry Seinfeld's comedians in Cars Getting Coffee but lost it to Netflix.

CBS All Access

$ 5.99 per month with limited commercials; $ 9.99 a month without ads and downloads; 24 percent discount for students; 15 percent discount if you pay annually

If you are the leading television network, you can do your own thing. For this reason, CBS has started its own streaming service. You have one week to test All Access for free before the fee is charged.

Six or nine dollars a month will give you access to some of the most popular television programs the day after the broadcast, including Mom . and Survivor even during the day. There are also a few thousand old TV shows streamed here, such as Cheers all versions of Star Trek (the rights belong to CBS Corporation), Brady Bunch, The Twilight Zone and Hawaii Five-0 . You can put your own joke about how the Tiffany network is for your grandparents. Also included: some live sports.

The crown jewels for this premium streaming service are Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight and The Twilight Zone which can be . Only can be seen on All Access, at least in the US ( ST: D is on Netflix in other countries). Coming soon: Star Trek: Picard, which for many of us Dorken will be reason enough to sign up.

You can also add Showtime to the All-Access interface (because CBS owns it) for $ 14.99 a month. You're probably better off adding CBS All Access and Showtime to a service like Amazon Prime Video, where Showtime is priced at $ 4 a month.

Other streaming services

Other streaming services you might want to try. Many are also add-on channels with services like Amazon Prime Video.

  • Tubi Free: Video-on-Demand with advertising. Tubi offers 15,000 films and shows.
  • Britbox 6.99 USD per month: The best of British BBC and ITV television, sometimes the day after the broadcast.
  • Acorn TV – 5.99 USD per month: All Rest of British television, plus some shows from Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Shudder – 5.99 USD per month It's about horror and terror and chills – you know things that make you shiver.
  • CuriosityStream 2,99 USD per month: All nonfiction and documentary films, all the time.
  • Facebook Watch Free: Why did not Facebook want online programming? To be fair, there's a show with current movie star Elizabeth Olsen.
  • Mubi $ 10.99 per month Mubi is a hand-curated collection of high-profile films.

There are also anime-specific streaming services like Funimation and Crunchyroll.

 Related Topics For more information visit The Best Video Streaming Services for 2019 .

Live TV Streaming Services

For some services, providing only on-demand streaming of shows was not enough. They wanted to take over cables themselves by providing a subscription to cable television over the Internet.

With live TV streaming services, you do not necessarily have very tight control over content – this is not really the case you pay for just for the few channels or shows, you really want to see. However, they provide access to a lot of content that you might not be able to get without a cable subscription – especially news and sports. They are also familiar to some people who like unspeakable acronyms as distributors of virtual multi-channel video programs (MVPDs).

  Hulu with live TV

Hulu with live TV

$ 44.99 per month for 69 channels with advertising; $ 50.99 per month for Hulu (no ads) + live TV

We talked about Hulu as an on-demand streamer, but can be much more. The live TV option is a choice of the PCMag editors in this area. Yes, you pay more, but it provides access to the entire Hulu library we discussed above, as well as many cable channels, including many local partners that (depending on your location) have live sports streams (more on that below) and Send children's programs.

Fifty hours of cloud DVR are integrated and keep your shows indefinitely. It works on almost any device (without PS4, but including Nintendo Switch). Options you can pay for: a 200-hour cloud DVR ($ 9.99, unlimited screens), premium channel add-ons (Cinemax, HBO, Starz and Showtime, as with regular Hulu), and Spanish channel options , There is a reason why this is our 4-star winner.

YouTube TV

44.99 USD per month

As mentioned above, YouTube TV is not a YouTube Premium. Premium is mainly an ad-free version of regular old YouTube. YouTube TV is like YouTube Plus Cable . It has made so much progress it is our second PCMag Editor's Choice option for live TV streaming. YouTube TV offers over 70 channels for a single price per month and personalized channels for your location, if available.

You get an unlimited free online cloud DVR option, three simultaneous streaming screens, and the program runs on just about any device. YouTube Premium is NOT included. So, if you watch videos hosted by users on the YouTube TV interface, you'll still see additional videos unless you pay that extra $ 12 per month. Premium channel add-ons include Showtime, Epix, Starz, Shudder and Acorn TV.

Sling TV

$ 25 per month for the Sling Orange Base Package (32 channels) or Sling Blue (47 channels); Both costs $ 15 in the first month. The Orange & Blue package (53 channels) costs $ 25 in the first month and $ 40 thereafter.

Sling TV was the first live TV streamer in 2015. It is available for almost all devices (especially but not on PlayStation 4) with numerous additional options such as premium channels (Starz, Showtime, Epix and many more) and local network partners for Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS in some regions. [19659002] There are kids' extras, news extras, sports extras, and more. The channel selection is quite extensive, but Sling does not carry every channel under the sun. It offers a $ 5 per month cloud DVR option that allows you to "record" and replay up to 50 hours of your favorite programs later. You can get it in Spanish or even order it in many other international flavors.

  Sony PlayStation Vue

Sony PlayStation Vue

$ 49.99 a month to start with 57 channels, $ 54.99 a month for Core (78 channels), $ 64.99 per month for Elite, $ 84.99 per month for Ultra (over 90 channels with HBO and Showtime).

The PlayStation has apps for many other streaming services in vain: It has its own exclusive live TV streaming setup – and fortunately it is not just on the PS4 Limited use. You can view Vue on Android, iOS, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku products, and a browser on any computer. Each new service level adds more channels. There's a $ 10-per-month sports channel add-on package and a $ 4.99 per-month Spanish channel add-on package. And you can pause, rewind, or fast forward on any channel. All of them. Perhaps the best feature of PS Vue: a cloud-based DVR to store up to 500 programs that you can view at any time.



54.99 USD per month for 116 channels; $ 59.99 per month Family Plan increases the number of cloud records and simultaneous screens; $ 74.99 per month Ultra for 185 channels, including Showtime and Sports Plus package.

FuboTV is not an exclusive sports provider, but it is sport-intensive in its basic level of 116 live TV channels – though the service does not include ESPN channels. In addition, there is no shortage of entertainment and news channels that you can watch live, including partners in the local area network. The default plan supports two concurrent streams. Family and Ultra offer three, but you can pay an additional $ 5.99 per month to add another stream to one of these plans and drive the Cloud DVR from 30 hours to 500 hours. The add-ons include Showtime (included in the Ultra-Tier). It is available on most popular devices, but not on game consoles.



$ 20 a month for 58 channels

Philo lacks local channels / networks, sports channels and has little in the way of news channels. What is there are 58 channels of lifestyle and entertainment at a bargain price. You can use it on mobile devices as well as on Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV on up to three devices simultaneously. There are an unlimited number of cloud DVR recordings, but only for 30 days. Whether you like Philo depends on whether you like the station cast, but if you do, you'll love it a lot.

  AT & T TV Now

AT & T TV Now

$ 50 a month for 54 channels; $ 70 per month for 71 channels

Earlier referred to as DirecTV. This service has several stages, starting with a package of $ 50 a month. This makes it the most expensive of all live TV streamer. Both it stages are automatically linked to regional sports channels and HBO – because AT & T now owns HBO. Adding Showtime, Starz or Epix is ​​an option. You can watch it on almost any device, but not on game consoles. The cloud DVR option costs nothing extra, but is limited to 20 hours of video for 30 days. It also contains Spanish and international add-ons, but the packages do not logically build on each other. Due to its recent changes, it's the worst rated live TV streamer we've reviewed.

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Sports streaming

Streaming sports events is a strange duck in this world where much of what you see is pre-broadcast and recorded. Fans want to experience their sport live. Fortunately, each of the above live TV streaming services often includes excellent sports channels (especially fuboTV, as it began with a sporting focus) or add-ons. You can also get premium sports channel add-ons on Amazon Prime Video.

We still choose Hulu with live TV as the best live streaming option, even for sports as it offers BTN, CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNEWS, ESPN U, NBC Golf and Olympic Channel, in addition to the local channels that you receive in your postcode, such as: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC cable companies. It's also our first choice for streaming games from the National Football League. However, there are a number of services that are so specific to the sport that you might consider them.

  ESPN +


4.99 USD per month or $ 49.99 per year

This is inexpensive way to get some selected live sports and many archived ESPN shows But that does not balance what's missing: That's a lot of flagship ESPN programming (No. Sports Center! ). While there is Major League Baseball, you will not get live NBA or NFL games here either. Better use the ESPN add-on that comes with YouTube TV or Sling TV. This is more of a complementary service, not the actual business, but that's why it costs so little.


$ 19.99 per month or $ 99 per year

Dazn (pronounced Da Zone) focuses on boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) events (including numerous pay per-view games in the price) as well as some other sports in the US that usually do not have a long range, such as darts, cricket and football from Japan. There is no free trial, but it might be worth it for fight fans. In our tests, it did not work with a VPN service that was running because Danz content, similar to sports streamers, is very region specific and you do not want to mess with it.

 Further information For more information, see The Best Sports Streaming Services .

Premium cable with paid streaming services

You've heard of premium cable. These are the channels you paid extra for, because they had prestige programs you did not want to miss. Most of them now also offer apps to watch their exclusive content on your devices. They usually have options for users who already have a subscription via cable or for users who are unwilling to pay for access.

  HBO Go

HBO GO and HBO Now

HBO GO requires a cable subscription for HBO. HBO Now costs $ 14.99 a month.

HBO GO is only available to existing HBO subscribers with a cable plan. However, HBO Now is currently the only cable cutter option (if you do not have a generous friend with a HBO GO password). Anyone with Internet and supported hardware can subscribe to and watch original HBO programs such as Game of Thrones, Succession, Big Little Lies, West World, Veep Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Silicon Valley in both services. They also contain the entire back catalog of the shows: The Sopranos and The Wire Forever! Try it for a month for free.

HBO Max is in the works and promises to be a super set of what you get with HBO Now, with exclusive originals at a higher price.

 Verwandte Storys Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter Geheime HBO NOW- und HBO GO-Features .


Showtime [19659034] $ 10.99 pro Monat

Showtime, im Besitz von CBS, musste einen Streaming-Service haben, wenn der Konkurrent HBO einen hatte. Wenn Sie Showtime bereits über Kabel abonniert haben, können Sie mit der Showtime Anytime-App überall hin schauen. Oder melden Sie sich nach einem einmonatigen Test für 10,99 USD pro Monat an, um Showtime Direct zu erhalten. Zu den Shows zählen Twin Peaks, The Chi, The Affair, Shameless, Homeland, Billions und der gesamte Backkatalog (einschließlich Dexter und Nurse Jackie ). Wie bereits erwähnt, hat sich Showtime mit nahezu jedem Dienst, der die Option bietet, ein Add-On erstellt. Fügen Sie es dort hinzu, wenn Sie die Schnittstelle anderer Dienste bevorzugen.



8,99 USD pro Monat

Premium-Kabelkanal Starz – Heimat einiger großartiger Shows wie American Gods, Counterpart Power, Outlander und The Girlfriend Experience – ist für Benutzer mit einem Kabel- / Satellitenabonnement, als diskreter Streaming-Dienst (Starz Streaming) oder als Add-On zu den oben genannten Diensten verfügbar. Die Kosten sind unabhängig davon, wie Sie Starz erhalten, gleich.

TV-Anbieter-Dienste / Apps

Nur weil Sie Kabel (oder Satellit) abonnieren, müssen Sie nicht die mitgelieferte Set-Top-Box verwenden . In dem Bestreben, Teil der Kabelschneidelandschaft zu werden, ermöglichen viele der wichtigsten Kabel- und Satellitenanbieter – die gleichzeitig als Internetdienstanbieter fungieren – den Benutzern den Zugriff auf alle Programme über Apps und nicht über die Kabelbox oder sogar den Tuner im Fernsehgerät. Natürlich zu einem bestimmten Preis.

Die Apps haben Namen wie "Spectrum TV", "Xfinity Stream", "RCN2Go", "Cox Contour", "Dish Anywhere" und "Verizon Fios Mobile".

 Spectrum TV

Mit Spectrum TV erhalten Sie beispielsweise Zugriff auf Live-TV-Streams für alle Netzwerke in Ihrer Serviceebene. Es gibt On-Demand-Inhalte für einzelne Shows und einige Filme. Es integriert Programmführer und sucht nach ausgewählten Shows / Filmen. Wenn ein Kanal (oder eine Sendung in einem Kanal), der Ihnen nicht zur Verfügung steht, in einem Menü angezeigt wird, ist er in der Regel ausgegraut. Sie können Shows als Favoriten markieren, damit sie leichter zu verfolgen sind. Es dauert jedoch viel länger, bis eine Sendung im On-Demand-Bereich angezeigt wird – drei oder vier Tage, statt zum Beispiel nur eines mit einer Sendung in Hulu oder einer netzwerkeigenen App.

Die Werbespots sind immer noch da – und sich bis zum Äußersten wiederholend. In jeder Pause werden möglicherweise immer wieder die gleichen Werbespots geschaltet, manchmal auch die gleichen Anzeigen hintereinander, als ob sie keine Sponsoren finden könnten, die an Streaming glauben. Oder vielleicht, um Sie zu quälen, ein normales Kabel und einen DVR zu verwenden (wenn Sie einen DVR von Spectrum erhalten, können Sie ihn mit der Spectrum TV-App programmieren.)

Glücklicherweise kostet die Verwendung solcher Apps in der Regel keinen Cent mehr und darüber hinaus, was Sie bereits für Kabel / Satellit bezahlen. Sie können jedoch für Premium-Kanäle, Sportpakete oder internationale Programme immer einen Aufpreis zahlen.

Apps für Netzwerke und Kanäle

Diese Apps werden manchmal als "TV Everywhere" -Apps bezeichnet. Dies sind Apps, die von einzelnen Netzwerken oder Basis-Apps erstellt wurden Kabelkanäle zur Bereitstellung von Video-on-Demand-Sendungen (in der Regel ein oder zwei Tage nach Ausstrahlung). Alle von ihnen haben wild unterschiedliche Schnittstellen. Fast alle von ihnen zwingen Sie, Werbespots zu sehen, während Sie sich Shows ansehen, ohne dass Sie diese überspringen können. Aber das bekommen Sie "kostenlos" – sie funktionieren in der Regel nur, wenn Sie ein aktives Kabel- oder Satelliten-Pay-TV-Abonnement besitzen, um zu authentifizieren, wer Sie in der App sind.

Keine zwei dieser Apps sind sich in der Benutzeroberfläche oder gar nicht ähnlich Eigenschaften. Sie werden hassen, wie manche Bildunterschriften liefern, andere lieben, die einen brauchbaren Vor- oder Rücklauf ermöglichen usw. Einige bieten umfangreiche Kataloge ihres Inhalts. andere bieten einige neuere Episoden an.

Netzwerke wie ABC, NBC, Fox, PBS und sogar CBS haben solche Apps. Der CW hat zwei – der zweite heißt CW Seed und wird zum Streamen alter Shows verwendet, für die er die exklusiven Rechte erworben hat. There's even the occasional original-only on there.

CW Seed

The list of basic cable channels with a TV Everywhere app option is staggering:

  • A&E
  • Adult Swim
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet Go
  • Bravo Now
  • BBC America
  • Cartoon Network
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • Discovery Go
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney XD
  • Watch DIY
  • E! Now
  • WatchESPN
  • Food Network
  • Fox Business
  • Fox News
  • Fox Sports
  • Freeform
  • FX Now
  • Golf Channel
  • Hallmark Channel Everywhere
  • History Channel App
  • HLN
  • Watch HGTV
  • IFC
  • MTV Play
  • Nat Geo
  • Oxygen Now
  • Science Channel Go
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • Sundance TV
  • SyFy Now
  • Watch TBS
  • TLC GO
  • Watch TNT
  • Watch truTV
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • USA Now

That is far from a comprehensive list. You may find some of these on your big TV streaming hub (Roku has a great list of apps), but not all—some appear only on mobile devices.

Remember, a lot of the shows that you watch on these channels end up on other services—especially Netflix, Hulu, or Prime Video. Don't suffer through watching shows on small screens with un-skippable advertising if you can afford to wait.

Consider the Cutting Cost

Cord cutting has its conveniences, but will it really save you cash?

At least one survey claimed it does. LendEDU found that the average cord cutter in 2018 saved $115.33 per month after killing cable. That's probably true…if they only use one or two streaming services.

Now consider all of the services we've mentioned above. Assuming you need subscriptions to all of them to get as much content as you'd get with cable with premium channels (in red below), it's not cheap. Here's a pre-tax breakdown without even factoring in live TV or sports needs:




Netflix (with SD streaming)



Hulu (with commercials)



Amazon Prime Video


$119.00 (Cost of Prime)

YouTube Premium



CBS All Access














$ 934.16

That monthly total is not inexpensive, but according to Techwalla the average monthly cost of cable now is $64.41 per month. And that's before the launch of Disney+ ($6.99 per month), Apple TV+ ($4.99 per month), and NBC's Peacock.

Even if you keep cable, you're not going to get access to much-discusssed streaming originals like Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Star Trek: Discovery, and too many more to mention without streaming. How you proceed as a cord cutter really depends on what you want to see.

Keep Streaming Private (and Global) With VPN

We always suggest you use a virtual private network (VPN) service when you're online, but you should consider it even using a streaming service. The top reason: the right VPN connected to the right server in another country can give you access to region-locked content.

That's right—the films you see on Netflix in the United States may not be the same selection as they get in the UK or Australia. But if you use a VPN to look like you're in those countries, well, Bob's your uncle: you can see their movie selection as if you're right there. It also may let you access entirely different streaming services, like getting access to the BBC's iPlayer in Britain.

Of course, streaming services are not taking that lightly and many are cracking down on the practice. But most VPNs have a trial service so you can test it out and see if it works to give you access to content you may not otherwise have.

Related StoryFor more, read How to Unblock Netflix With a VPN and The Best VPNs for Netflix.

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