Not all that long ago, your cable TV alternatives were limited to Netflix and…
… Well, Netflix.
Today, however, there are literally dozens and dozens of different cable TV alternatives with more popping up each and every day.
Some of the biggest names in the world of technology are getting into the action (YouTube TV is one of the most popular options available), and even some of the bigger cable and satellite TV services are getting into the swing of things, too – hoping to jump out ahead of the “next big thing” in TV.
To better help you find the perfect cable TV alternatives for you in 2018, we’ve put together this quick list of what we feel are the very best of the bunch. Different options may be better suited to your specific needs and your viewing habits or interests, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the options below (or any combination of the options that fit your budget, too).
Let’s dive right in!
For about $35 a month you get access to one of the best values in cord cutting today, giving you 60 premium channels directly from DirecTV (you can get 80 channels for just $15 more a month) – and you can watch satellite TV on any of your favorite devices, as long as you have internet service!
75% of the nation will also have all of their local channels provided as part of this package, a premium perk that some of the other streaming options on this list cannot bring to the table.
Sling TV is close to the most affordable cable TV alternatives we have on this list, with plans that started $20 and then bump up to $25 and $40 per month depending upon just how many extra channels and add-on features you want to add.
This is service from Dish Network, and while you can get most of your Regional Sports Networks as part of any Sling package, you won’t get any of your local TV stations – which can be a bit of a pain.
You’ll end up spending anywhere between $40 a month and $75 a month from this streaming service from Sony, but it’s about as close to a “real deal” cable TV package as you are going to find on the market today.
Available on most devices (not just on the Sony PlayStation), if you have the budget you’ll be able to get more than 90+ channels from this provider – including your Regional Sports Networks. Some local channels are available in certain networks, but for the most part you’ll get on-demand libraries from those local affiliates.
YouTube TV is one of the newest entries into the cable TV alternatives list, but it also happens to be one of the most exciting.
For $40 a month, you get a tremendous amount of TV shows and channels (more than 30 right now, with plans to add quite a bit more in the near future) as well as ALL of your local channels, an unlimited DVR based in the cloud, on-demand content, and the ability to share a single YouTube TV account with six other people – all of which can completely customize their experience in control their own unlimited DVR.
It doesn’t get much better than that!
This entry on our list of cable TV alternatives isn’t a bad value, as it offers about 50 channels (including local channels from ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) for about $40 a month – as well as premium cable channels that include ESPN, Fox Sports, and many of the most popular regional sports networks.
You’ll also get a pretty deep library of on-demand content, including a significant amount of DreamWorks programs and movies that you won’t find anywhere else in the streaming world.
This service has also partnered up with music streaming service Spotify recently, and now you can get both of them packaged together at a deeply discounted rate.
The least expensive of all the true cable TV alternatives we highlight on this list, this particular package is only going to set you back $16 per month and will include ALL of the most popular cable TV channels except for sports networks like ESPN.
You won’t get any of your local channels or your regional sports networks, but this move by this company allows them to keep a package of more than 50+ channels ridiculously affordable – and you can bundle this service with an HDTV antenna or any of the other sports focused packages here to save a mountain of money compared to traditional TV options.
Other Streaming Services to Consider
While not a traditional cable TV alternative, you really can’t go wrong adding Netflix to your court cutting package.
For almost nothing each month (anywhere between $11 a month and $14 a month) you’ll be able to tap into one of the largest and most impressive libraries of TV shows and movies available on any streaming platform – with new big hits (some of them directly from Netflix themselves) being added on an almost daily basis.
Amazon Prime Video
If you are already and Amazon Prime member you already get access to the Amazon Prime Video library, a Netflix like service that has hundreds of different TV shows and thousands of movies to pick and choose from, too.
This is one of the biggest perks of signing up for Amazon Prime (aside from that 100% free shipping they offer, and all of the other big bonuses), and you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy not to take full advantage of it if you have already signed up for a Prime membership.
At the end of the day, any of the cable TV alternatives we highlighted above are capable of giving you the ability to cut the cord completely.
No matter what, you’ll be able to save hundreds of dollars each year, even if you use a combination of different streaming services and cable TV alternatives to open up a world of entertainment without giving up control to cable and satellite TV companies.