How Can I Watch TV Without Cable?
How Can I Watch TV Without Cable?
How can I watch TV without cable?
This is probably a question you’ve asked yourself at least once at some point; especially if you’re here reading this now.
Whether you’re on the go, or just fed up with your monthly bill, there’s a whole host of reasons you may be looking to cut the cord. But is it possible, and if so how?
Well, I’m here to tell you that not only is it possible, that’s actually what we’ll be going over today. I’m going to show you a bunch of ways that you can ditch your cable box while still enjoying all your favorite shows.
Let’s get to it! 🙂
Figure Out Exactly What It Is You’re Looking For
So before anything, you’re going to want to obviously figure out what it is that you’re looking for.
More specifically, you’ll want to go with something that accommodates your exact situation. For example if you’re never really home, but only watch SportsCenter when you are, then it wouldn’t make sense to get a subscription service with 200 other channels you wouldn’t use anyway.
You’ll want to figure out the details early on so that way you get the most bang for your buck with the content you’ll actually want.
What Are Some Reasons You Might Want To Look At An Alternative To A Cable Box
There’s certainly a number of reasons why you may want to look elsewhere for your particular content needs, especially since it’s not a one size fits all application.
What’s right for someone else may not be what’s necessarily right for you. So that being said, here are a few good reasons it might be time to look elsewhere for your content needs.
If It Is No Longer Affordable
If you find that you’re eating Ramen 3/4ths of the month and notice a decent amount of money going to cable, then yeah, it just might be time to switch.
If you’re currently paying way more than you’re comfortable with monthly, then don’t worry, you’ll take comfort in knowing that there’s a lot more options out there that might be a much better fit for you.
If You’re Rarely Home
Another reason you may want to look at some other alternatives is if you’re a busy person who isn’t home a lot, but still want to watch some of your favorite content while on the go.
No point in paying for cable if you’re not really there to make the most of it.
If You Only Watch A Few Channels Out Of The Bunch
If you find that you only watch a few particular channels out of the potential hundreds of channels you may be paying for now, then that would be a good time to start looking at some alternatives as well.
That way you’ll only be paying for what you actually use, and not what you don’t.
Using Digital Streaming Services
Digital streaming services are a good alternative, one because of how varied they are, two because of the convenience and flexibility that they offer, and lastly because they can be a much more manageable way of getting all of your favorite content.
Plus digital media is here to stay, and will likely become even more integral parts of our lives as time goes on.
So in short, they’re a great way to get everything you love in a single place. But you may be asking, okay well what streaming service is right for me?
Or better yet, is a streaming service the right fit for me?
To answer that, we’ll have to take a look at some of the most popular options and what they offer to determine if any are right for you. I’ll include a link to each so you can see the most current pricing.
Netflix is probably one of the most popular online services around nowadays.
Virtually a household name, and heralded as the thing that ended Blockbuster, Netflix is a favorite because of the sheer magnitude of content that they have (including their very own original shows and movies as well)
It’s pretty hard to go wrong due to that fact, and would be a solid choice all around.
What’s great is that there’s no commitment, meaning you can cancel anytime, and you even get the first month free to try it out and see how you like it.
Pretty awesome right?
Here’s another great option that can serve you well.
Like Netflix, there’s no hidden fees, contracts, or anything like that. But what’s interesting about Hulu is their new feature where you can watch live TV as well.
That makes it the perfect fit for the person who’s, let’s say, trying to watch the big game if they’re not home and caught at work. Of course it’s not just limited to sports, but you get the gist.
From Animal Planet, to CNN, you’ll find a wide variety of live TV channels available at your disposal.
Plus with the free trial that you get, you can try it out to see whether they have what you like. I’d highly recommend it.
Vudu is a little different than the other 2 mentioned on the list.
While they have over 150,000 movies and shows to watch, you only pay for what you want. That means that there’s no subscription monthly.
What’s also pretty cool is that they have quite a big selection of free content, so chances are you’ll find something you like.
Can’t hurt to go check it out and see for yourself. I know I personally like it.
Amazon Prime Video
If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, (which gives you free 2 day shipping, ad free music & kindle ebooks, and unlimited photo storage) then you can enjoy all the perks of Prime Video.
Now there’s thousands upon thousands of available shows and movies of course, but the real draw here is that there’s lot of original shows and movies as well; good ones at that.
In fact, there’s quite the number of award winning original shows, so that’s definitely something to consider. Plus if you’re already a prime customer, then it might make sense to go with this one since it’s already available to you.
Even if you’re not, you get a 30 day free trial to test it out so doesn’t hurt to try it out.
Who knew that Youtube also offered a way to watch live TV anywhere? Well they do.
With over 60 networks available, all with live content, this can be a great choice for those of you on the go or even at home. No commitment, meaning you can also cancel at anytime, and you get 6 accounts per household so everyone can watch their shows.
There’s even a built in cloud DVR with unlimited storage, which allows you the ability to record as many shows as you could possibly want.
Plus the best part, no need for a cable box!
Direct TV Now
As you can see, there’s no shortage of options, and Direct TV Now is another good one. With HBO included with new signups, Direct TV Now is a great choice to go with if your primary concern is thee ability to watch live television.
Plus there’s no annual contracts or anything like that, meaning you can cancel at anytime. There’s a good amount of on demand content as well, so this may definitely be something to consider if you’ve been looking to cut the cord.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find Sling TV to have some of the funniest commercials around. But what they have to offer is nothing to laugh at.
With an impressive amount of content, Sling TV offers you a way to watch TV anywhere without the cable box.
But what’s different here is that you only pay for the channels you want; meaning you won’t be stuck with a bunch of stuff you don’t even watch.
Plus, there’s a lot of channels for other languages like Spanish and even Arabic, so there’s something here for just about everybody. Definitely recommend you check out the article I did on it since I show you exactly why I feel it’s worth it.
Just thought I’d include this one as well since it offers you the capability of watching live TV even without a Playstation console.
But what’s really impressive is that in a survey conducted in 2018, Vue was ranked among the very top for customer satisfaction. Simply put, it’s a great service with a lot to offer. Others quite obviously think so too.
Using Dedicated Streaming Devices
Using a dedicated streaming device is another great way to enjoy your content. Think of it as simply a device specifically made to stream or display your favorite content.
The stuff offered can be built into the device itself, or it can utilize popular streaming platforms all in one place. Plus it’s not uncommon for some to include free subscriptions so it’s definitely another thing to consider.
You might wonder if you can already stream digitally, then what’s the point of getting a physical device that pretty much does the same thing?
Well that’s just it; if you don’t have a smart TV with the capability to download apps like Netflix or Hulu, you won’t be able to watch it there at all (kind of a bummer right?)
That’s where streaming devices come in.
These allow you to enjoy your content on the big screen without any of the hassle. They come in a variety of shapes, and are usually pretty small luckily.
Here’s a few of the most common favorites.
The Roku is probably one of the most popular devices, and for good reason.
It offers a plethora of movies, shows, and so on. With some models that plug directly into your television, and others that serve as their own sort of set top box, the Roku is something you’ll really want to look into.
It’s hard to describe exactly why without writing an entire page, so I’ll just leave this here so you can see exactly why for yourself.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
This one is awesome because of it’s built in Alexa capabilities. That means that right off the bat you can control things with your voice alone.
But what exactly is it?
Well think of it as a sort of all in one media stick. You plug it into your television and you instantly have access to tens of thousands of shows, movies, and even games. Of course it’ll depend on what your subscribed to, but there’s even free streaming from platforms like Pluto TV as well.
The included remote is Alexa enabled as well, and even allows you to control your TV and receiver. The best part is it’s super simple to setup so there’s no fumbling about with cords or anything like that. I’d highly recommend it.
The NVIDIA Shield is probably one of the best values in terms of what you get.
Not only is it an exceptional media player with support of all the latest TV technologies like HDR and 4K, it’s also a fully functioning high powered gaming console with hundreds of available titles. It’s pretty much in all in one device that’ll give you hours of entertainment.
You’d really have to try it for yourself to see how awesome it is.
Using an OTA Antenna
So this may be an option for you if you watch a little TV from time to time but aren’t a big time viewer.
If you’re over the age of 25, then chances are you remember those bunny ears on televisions back then that you’d have to move around to a certain position to get the picture clear enough to watch.
However did you know that antennas are actually still around?
You may have thought they were lost to time, but they’re actually alive and well strangely enough. Not only that, but there’s actually high definition & 4k versions available now as well.
Known as an Over The Air (OTA) Antenna, these devices allow you to access a number of channels that are broadcast across the air.
Now which channels and how many is going to of course depend on your location, but you still should be able to access a decent number of them. While not as robust as some of the other options, an OTA antenna is still a viable option due to its sheer simplicity.
There’s no placing things on your roof or figuring out different wiring; it’s really just a matter of plugging it into your television and that’s it (though there are indoor and outdoor kinds, the ones mentioned here are indoor).
Plus it’s free TV, so that a pretty big benefit.
Using A Mobile App
Making use of a mobile app is another great way of watching TV without needing anything else but a smartphone or tablet.
Now of course this sort of relates back to streaming services, since a lot of those same services have a dedicated app, but it’s still a great one to consider as well.
Plus there’s even apps dedicated to specific genres like the MLB app for baseball and CBS for entertainment.
Depending on whether you have IOS or Android, there may be slight differences in the choices available. But for the most part, a lot of the apps should be the same.
Well hopefully this was helpful in answering that age old question of how you can watch TV without cable. Each person’s situation is different, and sometimes standard cable just isn’t the most viable option to go with.
But as you can see, there’s certainly no shortage of options available to you. What’s more amazing is that these are just a few of the many that exist out there; with new ones being created all the time.
So this should definitely aid you in finding out what’s best for you, and if you even need to cut the proverbial cord so to speak.
Anyways, that’s pretty much it for now. Should you have any questions about anything at all, feel free to reach out and I’ll be sure to respond. Oh and please make sure that you share this article so that it helps someone else.
Until next time, make it easy, keep it simple 😉
Hey everyone it’s nice to meet you. I’m Jasmere, the founder of Easy Home Theater. I’ve been with this hobby for many years now, and decided to create this site to share everything that I’ve learned from personal experience with you. I hope you find it helpful, and if you ever have any questions, be sure to reach out!