Can’t get enough of today’s hottest TV shows? There are more ways to watch TV than ever before! Here are five ways the catch your favorite shows in 2019.
Cable TV services are notorious for being expensive, for offering unreliable service, and for sneaking hidden fees into their bills. Not only that but when you call to complain, the customer service reps are unhelpful, to say the least.
In fact, a recent survey by Consumer Reports found that only 38% of people with cable television plans were happy with their service. So what’s a TV junkie to do? Well, CR says that haggling or asking outright for a discount or promotion is surprisingly effective.
Or you can cut the cord altogether and get your fix from other sources. You already know about (and probably subscribe to) Netflix and Hulu. We’ve gathered up five additional ways to watch TV on the cheap. Read on!
1. Amazon Prime Video
If you are already an Amazon Prime subscriber, you probably already know that you can watch original programmings like The Man In the High Castle and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime. You can also see shows like Kitchen Nightmares, House, and Law and Order: SVU.
But did you know that Prime Video can be purchased as a stand-alone service without the “two-day shipping” Prime commitment? It’s $8.99 per month.
One of the cable customers’ biggest gripes is that they pay a lot of money but only watch a handful of the offered channels. There’s no way to cherry-pick channels or omit all sports channels, for example.
Philo has addressed that problem with its service, which offers two tiers of streaming that include cable channels such as A&E, AMC, BBC America, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, History, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, TLC, and more.
Plus, Philo offers a ton of nifty features and perks. It starts at $16 per month.
3. Sling TV
Sling takes a similar approach to that of Philo, but it’s a bit pricer, and it does include some sports options. That makes it good for some sports fans who want a wide range of programming, but still not quite as much as cable offers.
Plus, Sling lets you add certain channels, notably HBO and Showtime, on an a la carte basis. Sling’s basic platform offers 30 channels for $25 per month.
4. An Antenna
An aerial antenna might sound charmingly old-school, but the fact is that it remains an easy and effective way to get your TV on. In many areas of the country, you can receive between 50 and 100 channels!
An antenna is also outage-proof. Even when the Internet isn’t cooperating, you’ll still get crystal clear television pictures and high-quality audio with no buffering, pixelation, or other distractions.
5. The Library
Another old-school solution is your local library. Most libraries carry a surprisingly wide selection of DVDs — and many offer streaming video as well!
Not only are there movies, both recent and classic, but also television series. Binge big hits — shows like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad that everyone is talking about on social media — or expand your horizons with Masterpiece or Cosmos.
What Ways to Watch TV Do You Use?
What are some of your all-time favorite television shows? Would you be lost without Netflix or Hulu? How have you managed to cut cable and still watch all the great programming you love?
Leave a comment below and let us know. If you know of any great ways to watch TV that we haven’t covered here, be sure to share!