Top 10 Cable Replacement Services for Cord Cutters in 2019 Streaming live TV online has never been easier...

Cutting the cord has never been easier, and plenty of services these days offer online cable replacements. Before cutting the cord, consider whether or not you have the right data plan, as your ISP is likely also your cable company (i.e. Charter, Comcast, Cox).

Still – with a little research and planning, you can easily replicate the experience of having cable without forking your hard-earned cash over to the evil cable conglomerates.

You can learn more about cutting out cable in Thought for Your Penny’s Ultimate Cordcutting Guide. If you start to miss cable once you do, here are the best online streaming cable TV alternatives.

10. Amazon Prime Video

Price: Amazon Prime (which includes Prime Video) is $119 annually (or $155.88 if paying $12.99 monthly). Prime Video standalone is $107.88 a year (charged at $8.99 per month).
Channels: Through Fire TV, Fire TV Edition, Fire TV Recast, and Amazon Channels, Prime provides a variety of TV Everywhere content. Separate subscriptions are needed to access content on Channels, which is only available to Prime members.
Platforms: Fire TV, iOS, Roku, Shield, TiVo, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, Web
Features: Amazon Prime paid annually is the best deal, offering access to Prime Video, Prime Music, two-day shipping and Prime-exclusive pricing on Amazon, Prime Now, Prime Pantry, and more. Alexa compatibility

9. PlayStation Vue

Price: PSVue Access is $44.99 per month, Core is $49.99 per month, Elite is $59.99 per month, and Ultra is $79.99 per month.
Channels: Over 100 channels in base plans, including ABC, NBC, Fox, IFC, TNT, USA, CNN, and ESPN. Another 50+ are available through add-ons, including $10/month Sports Pack, $5.99/month FX+, $3.99/month Epix Hits, and $4.99/month Espanol Pack. Premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Fox Soccer Plus are also available.
Platforms: PlayStation, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Mobile, Web
Features: Full-fledged cable replacement available on up to five devices with live TV, on-demand, and cloud-based DVR.

8. Netflix

Price: Basic (SD on one screen) is $7.99 per month, Standard is $10.99 per month for HD and two devices, Premium is $13.99 per month for HD and 4K UHD on up to four devices. VR is supported.
Channels: Netflix regularly streams high-quality TV shows and movies in an on-demand service. Original programming is available.
Platforms: Fire TV, iOS, Roku, Shield, TiVo, Chromecast, Apple, TV,  PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, Web, Most Cable Boxes
Features: Original Netflix programming, exclusive streaming deals with studios both in Hollywood and international, on-demand viewing, offline viewing, DVD/Blu-Ray rentals.

7. YouTube

Price: Basic is free, YouTube Premium is $11.99 per month, YouTube TV is $35 per month.
Channels: Over 60 networks and local channels are available on YouTube TV. Over 300 hours of user-generated videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute. YouTube Premium includes Google Play Music and original programming.
Platforms: Fire TV, iOS, Roku, Shield, TiVo, Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, Web, Most Cable Boxes
Features: Cloud-based DVR, local saves, on-demand programming, music streaming, Chromecast support, Google Assistant integration, Google Home integration, Google, pirated content available.

6. Hulu

Price: Limited Commercial plan is $7.99 per month ($3 when added to Spotify Premium), Hulu with Live TV is $39.99 per month. For $4, commercials can be removed from either plan. Cloud DVR and Unlimited Screens can be added for $14.99 each or $20 for both.
Channels: Over 60 channels, including networks, sports, and local. ESPN, FX, Fox News, and more. Hulu also has original programming. Premium channels like HBO, Starz, and Cinemax can be linked or added. AMC is not included.
Platforms: Fire TV, iOS, Roku, Android TV, TiVo, Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, Web, Most Cable Boxes
Features: On-demand and cloud-based DVR, original programming, large TV library and limited movie library,

5. AT&T WatchTV

Price: $15 per month (included in AT&T Unlimited & More plans enrolled after June 2018.
Channels: Over 30 channels of live TV, including TBS, Cartoon Network, Discovery, and CNN. Premium channels like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz may be added for an additional fee.
Platforms: Android, Fire TV, iOS, Chromecast, Apple TV
Features: Access to live TV and over 15,000 on-demand programs, free with AT&T Unlimited & More plans, owned by AT&T, in case that hasn’t been made clear.

4. Pluto TV

Price: Free
Channels: Over 100 channels of free streaming video aggregated in a cable-like TV guide format. Stations include The Onion, Failarmy, Cracked, Cnet, and over 16 dedicated movie channels.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Chromecast, Web, Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku
Features: Vast selection of live streaming channels from around the web, alternatives to Hollywood programming.

3. Sling TV

Price: Sling Orange is $25, Sling Blue is $25, and both can be bundled for $40. For $5 each, you can add cloud DVR, Comedy Extra, Espanol, International, Heartland Extra, Hollywood Extra, Lifestyle Extra, News Extra, Sports Extra, or Kids Extra.
Channels: Blue includes local channels, and each includes over 40 networks, including Tru TV, A&E, History, TLC, and Syfy. Premium channels like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz can be added for an additional fee.
Platforms: Fire TV, iOS, Roku, Android TV, TiVo, Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, Web, AirTV, Dish Network boxes
Features: Live TV, on demand, cable replacement owned by Dish Network.

2. Philo TV

Price: Basic is $16 per month for 43 channels, while premium is $20 per month for 56 channels.
Channels: Basic includes A&E, AMC, HGTV, Nick, VH1, Viceland, and more. Premium adds BET Her, Logo, UPTV, MTV Live, Nicktoons, and more.
Platforms: Chromecast, Web, Mobile, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV
Features: Can login to TV Everywhere on individual networks, cloud-based DVR

1. TV Everywhere

Price: Free for everything except CBS All Access, which is $5.99 per month
Channels: Every network, from ABC, NBC, and Fox to USA, Comedy Central, MTV, TV Land, and more, all have their own streams. This on-demand and live content is available through a cable subscription, and some of the services above can count for those.
Platforms: Fire TV, iOS, Roku, Android TV, TiVo, Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, Web, AirTV, Dish Network boxes
Features: Live TV (when available), on-demand content, network exclusives, behind-the-scenes, outtakes, limited VR, 3D, and 4K UHD support.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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