Fans of college basketball, college football, the NBA, the NHL, MLB, and soccer will find at least some games to watch as well, particularly big games and championship matches. For that, you'll get live sports, talk and analysis shows, and a solid on-demand library that includes everything from 30 for 30 documentaries to replays of recent and classic sports games, matches, and races. But if there's one sport or league in particular that you're dying to watch without cable, then you may appreciate our next section, which features links to our sport- and league-specific guides, plus information about a vital tool for sports-loving cord cutters: the league streaming service.
This cord cutting guide will help you decide if it will work for you, show you how you can still watch live TV and network TV, lay out the popular streaming services you may want to add, and let you know how you can still watch your favorite sports games.
Deciding If Cutting the Cord Is Right for You It may sound obvious, but you really want to make sure that cord cutting is right for you before you take the plunge. If you change your mind, new contracts and activation fees are going to get expensive.
Before you decide to cut the cord, you'll need to figure out just how much your cable or satellite bill is. You can do this by checking your monthly statement. Since you're looking into cord cutting already, it's a good guess that it's already much higher than you would like it to be.
Looking at the total of your bill will give you something to compare the other costs that you'll rack up after adding any of the options below. Of course, the goal is to make sure that you're actually saving money. While you're checking your monthly bill, take a few minutes and see if there's a smaller bundle that you may be happy with.
Cable companies are starting to take cord cutting seriously and are beginning to offer slimmer bundles for a decent cost.
You may just find one that you'll be happy with. If you are going to be depending on some streaming services, you'll want to make sure that your internet speed can handle the streaming you'll be doing.
You can run an internet speed test to find this out. Here's how to run an internet speed test which also includes how to test it for a specific streaming service. You have the option of installing an antenna or subscribing to a streaming service that includes a live TV option.
If you choose the later, you'll need to figure out a way to access it either through your TV, a streaming stick , a set-top box, or a game console.
Watching Local Stations With an Antenna The cheapest way to still get your local stations live is by hooking up an antenna. Once a thing of the past, antennas are all the rage now and new technology has made sure that they work better than the rabbit ears you may remember.
Keep in mind that what channels you get with an antenna are going to depend on what's available in your local area. Even if you have live TV, you may not want to watch your shows while they're actually live, and you don't have to.
You'll get to view live TV channels in your area, live sports, live news, kids' content, and access to their library of streaming content. Sling TV is available on a wide range of devices that includes TV and video players, phones and tablets, gaming consoles, and laptops and computers.
They use a Cloud DVR which means you can record your shows and watch them at any time. All those options mean that you can choose the channels that you really want and stop paying for those that you never end up watching.
There's a free trial for Sling TV that allows you to try it out for 7 days.
There's also a cloud DVR option available for some channels. There are no contracts and it includes a cloud DVR. A free 5-day trial is available for the three least-expensive plans if you'd like to try one out. It also has a cloud DVR with no storage limits.
When you sign up for YouTube TV, you're given access to six accounts within your household so that each person gets their own login. This live TV streaming service is free for the first seven days, and then five more days if you add your billing information. The Fubo Standard plan comes with 93 channels and lets you watch from two screens at once, whereas the most expensive option, Premium, supports channels, hours of free Cloud DVR storage, three screens for family sharing, and other extras.
You can try fuboTV free for seven days. See the Channel Lineup page for details on what you'll get. The service works through several devices.
You don't need to wait years to get the shows you want, either; many of them are available a few days after they air and sometimes even immediately. Network Websites You can visit some of the network websites to catch up on your favorite shows. They all have certain limitations and you'll need to watch commercials.
There's a 1-week trial you can get for free with either plan. There's a free 7-day trial and it works on lots of devices. They also have free trials available. Cutting the Cord and Adding Streaming Services Streaming services are very popular with cord cutters, and it's no surprise.
They have tons of content including TV shows along with movies. Before you subscribe to a streaming service, you'll want to make sure that you have something to stream it on. Visit each service you're interested in and make sure that you have the device, or don't mind investing in a device, that will let you access the shows and movies.
If you're really interested in streaming movies, first check out this list of the best places to stream free movies online. There's also the option of renting DVDs of your favorite movies and TV shows, with the library being a great place to start since you can get your rentals for free. Netflix Netflix is by far the most popular streaming service available right now.
All of the Netflix plans have a 1-month free trial. Our Review of Netflix Hulu Hulu is another popular streaming service that has a huge library of movies, TV shows, and original content. If you go with the Live TV plan, you can add other features like enhanced cloud DVR, unlimited screens, and an entertainment add-on.
You also can rent or buy new releases of movies and TV shows within the player. Our Review of Amazon Prime Vudu Vudu gives you more flexibility than other streaming services because there's no subscription plan; you only pay for movies and TV shows that you want to buy or rent.
You can also use Vudu percent free since there are lots of free movies available for streaming.