Streaming TV: Options for Ditching Cable

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Posted on 01/16/2013

Are you ready to cut the cord? Plenty of people are ditching their cable service and switching to streaming TV. Cable operators lost an estimated 400,000 subscribers during the second quarter of 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal. If you're ready to save money check out these options for streaming TV.


Amazon Prime Instant Video
Watch the newest movies or last night's TV shows through Amazon Prime Instant Video. It's $79 a year and lets you watch instant movies or television shows. For a small fee you can also access an extended list of movies and programs.

Vudu
If you're a movie buff you may want to consider vudu. There are no delays as with other services like Netflix so as soon as a movie comes out on DVD it's ready to rent on vudu.com. You only pay for what you watch and movies typically start at $2. There's also a $.99 movie of the day.

Google Play
Pay as you go with Google Play. Buy TV shows or movies for as little as $1.99. Watch them on your computer or download the Google Play Movies & TV app to stream them onto your device. HD playback is also available for certain devices.

Hulu
From the latest episode of The Bachelor to up-to-date news reports, you'll get it all from Hulu. Try it for free for one week or sign up for as little as $7.99 a month.

Netflix
Chances are you've probably heard of Netflix. It's still a good option for those who want a cable alternative. It's $7.99 a month.

Spreety.com
Need help finding your favorite shows online? Spreety.com is a search engine to help you do just that. And you don't have to worry about ending up watching a pirated version. Spreety.com helps you navigate to the highest quality, legal entertainment choices.

Aereo
Watch real live TV on the Internet with Aereo. Aereo is adding 22 new cities in 2013, but it's not available everywhere. Packages start at just $1 a day.

Play Later
If you're clinging to your cable because of your DVR, check out Playlater.tv. It's the first DVR for online video. Record your favorite Hulu or Netflix programming and watch them whenever you want on your PC, iPad, iPhone or Android device. It's $19.99 a year or $39.99 for lifetime use.

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Comments


james

Posted on 01.22.13 at 7:32 AM

So, what happened during the first, third, and fourth quarters? That, to me, would present a more accurate and more relevant stat concerning the ACTUAL number of overall cable/satellite subscriber losses. And $79/year? $2/Day? $19 an app? Considering NONE of these services offer everything, it all should add up pretty quickly, and wouldn't actually save you very much money at all if you were looking for more than just a few titles per month. I have DISH, and with my Blockbuster @Home movie package I DO pay a monthly satellite fee, but get SO many more options included. I get a great lineup of channels, which includes all my live sports, news, free previews and more, and BB @Home offers me over 100,000 movies, games and TV shows. A DISH coworker broke it down for me, and for less per month than the cost of Netflix, I get all these services with the options of in-store exchanges, streaming live to my home, or titles by mail. I've been much happier since I switched from Netflix, and I didn't have to sign up for a dozen different streaming services just to save a few bucks.

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