To help our readers be informed we have created a list of some of the major services and devices that work great for cord cutting. On the list we have a brief description along with a current price. Read on to get an idea of what you might be spending on your next service or device.
Cost: $7.99 per month | $11.99 per month (4 screens UHD)
Netflix is the streaming service that made all other streaming services popular. It hosts a good library of television shows and an even bigger library of movies. Over the last year or so Netflix has also started heavy acquisition and production of its own unique content.
Cost: $7.99 per month (with ads) | $11.99 per month (without ads)
Hulu is one of the major competitors in the online streaming world. Started by a former Amazon employee, Hulu has some unique features. Hulu provides its users with the latest episodes of a wide variety of shows, not many other services do that. They also provide users with a good variety of recent movies.
Cost: $99 per year
For many Amazon Prime Video is a side benefit to having 2-day shipping. Amazon Prime Video allows you to watch an ever increasing list of shows and movies. Most of them have already aired. There is also a growing library of exclusive content such as the well-known Man in The High Castle. With all of the other Prime benefits you get a lot for this relatively low payment.
Cost: $20 per month (30+ Channels) | $25 per month (40+ Channels) | $40 per month (All Channels)
As the first company to do what they do, Sling TV is ahead of the game. Sling TV provides its subscribers with live television channels. You can stream television wherever you have a compatible device. The service also offers a selection of on demand content to help suit your needs.
Cost: $50 per month
Following along in Sling TV’s footsteps, PlayStation Vue is Sony’s live TV viewing service. You can access it on PlayStation, computers, and other supported viewing systems. There is also some on demand content. Gamers say that PlayStation Vue shows great promise.
Chromecast is probably one of the coolest streaming devices out there. It uses your phone to stream video to your television. Once you are inside a supported streaming app, you click on the cast button and it is sent to your television. You can also cast from the Chrome browser on your Android, Apple, or computer.
The Chromecast Ultra is just like the Chromecast with the exception being that you can play 4K Ultra HDR videos. That means you can stream the highest quality currently available.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Amazon Fire TV stick was obviously created so that Amazon Prime users could stream Amazon content. Amazon made the smart decision of not being that restrictive though. You can also install a variety of apps that allow you to stream major services.
Cost: $149.99 (32 GB) | $199.99 (64GB)
Apple can’t let anyone get into the electronics industry without at least trying for themselves. Apple TV is the best and only way to stream iTunes purchases to your television with an Apple product. You can also download apps that allow you to watch popular streaming services.
Roku Streaming Stick
The Roku Streaming Stick brings with it access to over 3,000 different channels and apps. You can watch content from all of your favorite streaming services. It is a small dongle that you plug into the back of your television and also into a USB port (for power). The stick delivers 1080P HD content directly to you. It comes with an easy to use remote.
Roku Premiere+ is one of Roku’s top of the line streaming devices. It is a box that is plugged in separately. One of the great features of this device is that it has a remote control that you can plug your headphones into. The other major difference is that it allows for streaming in 4K picture quality.