Like most people, you’re probably paying a hefty cable bill for a lot of programming you never watch. Worried about cutting the cord? Don’t be! Check out some of the alternatives that can save you money without sacrificing the quality of your at-home entertainment.
Although you won’t have access to all the content readily available through your current networks, Netflix offers an opportunity to catch up on the hottest shows with its ever-expanding library. Previous seasons of small-screen favorites such as “House of Cards” and “How to Get Away with Murder” are available, as well as series you may have missed the first time around: “Breaking Bad” and “Arrested Development,” for example. Providing three different plans, this subscription service is customizable and affordable. A basic package is $7.99 a month. Afraid of commitment? Try the first month for free; if you decide it’s not the right fit for you, cancel at any time.
Similar to Netflix, Hulu is a monthly on-demand provider more oriented toward television series. This is a great service to use if you want to binge watch current and past episodes of your favorites. While Hulu does offer movies, they are typically older films, so don’t expect to catch any current blockbuster hits. As with Netflix, you can get started for as little as $7.99 a month. Warning: Hulu programming includes commercials that cannot be skipped through. Check out the one-week trial for a test run if you’re worried you won’t be able to live without ad-free fast-forwarding on DVR.
Make every night movie night with Amazon Video, giving you instant access to thousands of popular films—as well as television shows. With different categories like “Best of TV,” “Trending” and “Amazon Original Series,” you’re sure to find something to indulge in. This service requires an Amazon Prime account, which costs $10.99 per month, but along with it you’ll receive free two-day shipping on Amazon purchases, unlimited photo storage and ad-free music streaming. Again, a 30-day trial period is available if you’re still shopping around.
All of these options make it more appealing than ever to ditch cable and go the à la carte route. Do your research and cut the cord for good!