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See also CATV_Alternatives

3. Downsize your home entertainment

Few recent technological advances offer such cheap fun as streaming entertainment. And as the number of streaming services and plan options continues to grow, so does the number of ways you can downsize your TV and video options — with little to no sacrifice.

For example, you can:

Slim down your cable TV package: Do you really need 200 channels? Would you even miss them all if you switched to a cheaper package?
Cut cable and stream instead: “Downsizing” from traditional pay-TV to streaming TV lets you cut out the high cost of cable without letting go of live TV. Among the much-cheaper alternatives are Sling TV, Hulu, Philo and CBS All Access For details on these options, see “4 Ways to Cut TV Costs to $25 a Month — or Less.”
Get rid of TV: Just think of all the money and time you would free up.
For more no-cost options, check out “16 Ways to Stream Movies and TV Shows for Free.”


1. Philo

Philo is among the cheaper options for cutting the cable cord without giving up live TV.

It offers two subscription options:

  • A 44-channel plan for $16 per month.
  • A 57-channel plan for $20 per month.

To view the list of channels included in each plan, visit Philo’s home page and scroll down.

With either plan, you can watch live and on-demand content as well as record live TV. You can also stream from up to three devices at once.

To see all the devices compatible with Philo, click on “What do I need to watch Philo?” in the Questions and Answers Section of Philo’s home page.

Your options for fast-forwarding through commercials in recorded content will depend on what device you use to access Philo. To learn more about how fast-forwarding works on a particular device, click on “Help” in the bottom left corner of Philo’s home page and then select a device.

Philo is currently offering a seven-day free trial period.

2. Sling TV

This streaming service from Dish Network boasts more subscribers than its competitors, dubbing itself “the No. 1 live TV streaming service.”

In addition to live TV, on-demand content is available on many of the more than 150 channels that Sling TV offers.

Sling TV offers three base plans and multiple add-on options, giving you the ability to “customize” your channel lineup, as the service puts it.

The base plans are:

  • Sling Orange: This $25 monthly plan includes a collection of channels and the ability to stream from one device at a time.
  • Sling Blue: This $25 plan includes a different collection of channels and the ability to stream from three screens at a time. Now, for a limited time, Sling is offering this plan for just $15 per month, for an introductory period of three months.
  • Sling Orange + Sling Blue: This $40 plan includes the channels in both plans and the ability to stream from four devices at a time.

To view the specific channels included in each plan, visit Sling TV’s home page.

Note that immediately below the channel lineups on the home page, you will see add-ons that Sling TV calls “Extras.” The options are many.

One example: If you want the ability to record TV, you can pay an extra $5 a month for what Sling TV calls “Cloud DVR.” You’ll also be able to fast-forward through commercials.

Sling TV is available via a host of devices. To view them all, click on “See Ways to Watch” on Sling TV’s home page.

3. Hulu

This longstanding streaming service boasts thousands of TV shows and movies.

Hulu also offers a dirt-cheap plan for folks who are willing to forgo live TV and watch only on demand.

Hulu’s two base plans are:

  • Hulu on Demand: For this plan, get the first month free and then pay $5.99 per month. It includes access to Hulu’s on-demand library of TV episodes and movies — “everything from TV classics to brand-new episodes from last night,” as Hulu describes it. You can watch on one screen at a time. Get the ad-free version of this plan for $11.99 a month.
  • Hulu with Live TV: Get seven days free, then pay $44.99 per month for this plan, which includes access to Hulu’s on-demand library plus the ability to watch live and on-demand TV on more than 50 channels. For that price, you can watch on two screens at a time and record TV.

To see the channels you get with the latter plan, visit Hulu’s home page and click on the words “Learn More,” under the “Select Plan” button for Hulu with Live TV.

Like Sling TV, Hulu offers various add-on options. For example, if you pay an extra $14.99 per month for the Enhanced Cloud DVR, you’ll be able to fast-forward through the commercials in your live TV recordings, among other features.

For more information about the devices on which you can watch Hulu, visit its website.

4. CBS All Access

If the CBS commercial broadcast network is among the channels you cannot live without, consider subscribing to CBS All Access. It’s cheap enough that you can add it on top of other streaming services that you may subscribe to.

The two subscription plan options are:

  • Limited Commercials Plan: This plan costs $5.99 per month via Amazon Prime. If you are not a Prime member, you can also subscribe via the CBS All Access website.
  • Commercial Free Plan: This plan costs $9.99 per month via Amazon Prime. You can also subscribe via the CBS All Access website.

Both plans let you watch live TV and access CBS All Access shows on demand. That includes more than 10,000 episodes from current and past seasons and original content that is available exclusively to CBS All Access subscribers.

For more information about the shows available, visit Amazon Prime’s CBS All Access webpage or the CBS All Access website.

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