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Best Online Streaming Services

Streaming services are becoming a much better option than both cable and satellite television for many people, for pricing reasons as well as convenience. Instead of paying for the tacky dish, take a look at the top five ways you can watch TV without cable or satellite.


Hulu is insanely popular and introduces new movies and television shows to people all over the world. Instead of using cable, you can watch your favorite television shows right on Hulu’s website or through their app (available on Smart TVs or streaming devices). If you’re unsure about the service, you can try it for a week for free. You can currently get Hulu for as low as $7.99 per month.


Netflix is another great option for an online streaming service, and it’s one of the best for a reason. Not only is the catalog updated daily, but it also suggests new movies and television shows that may become your favorite. Whether you love dark, absurd, dramatic, witty, or violent movies, Netflix has you covered. One of the best features is you can add things you’d like to watch to “My List,” which will save it for a later date. The price of Netflix varies, but it starts at $7.99.

Sling TV

Sling TV is relatively new to the streaming scene but this service has caught the attention of thousands all over the United States. If you want to watch your favorite channels, but don’t want to pay for cable, Sling TV allows you to watch broadcasting stations such as AMC, ESPN, TNT, Lifetime, and so many more for just $20 per month. There are several channels included in the $20 per month cost, but if you’re looking for more, you can add more channels for $5-$15 per month. This includes stations like HBO for all of you Game of Thrones fans! You have to have a streaming device to use Sling TV, but their website offers a Roku 2 for free with a subscription.


Google dominates the search engine world, and now it’s moved into streaming services as well. Like its browser Firefox, you can add-on channels to Chromecast like you would apps for your phone. If you absolutely love BBC, and you don’t want to live another day without it, you can download the “add-on” and start watching! Other popular add-ons include Comedy Central, CBS, NBC, and so much more. What you want to watch is fully up to you. Plus, with Chromecast, you can easily access Hulu and Netflix if you have an account. You can get a device to begin watching for just $35.

Last Updated: April 21, 2020