Paying for cable is like opting to receive paper statements from your credit card company. You just don’t do it anymore. There are a number of ways for you to watch your favorite shows online that don’t involve high monthly cable bill statements.
Online streaming services give you access to your favorite shows at your fingertips. You may want to upgrade your phone to a bigger screen size like the iPhone 6 because you will be using it to watch shows anywhere in your house and on the go. You are no longer tied to the living room to watch your shows. You have free range of motion to take Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu with you to the gym, the store or your next road trip.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options, consider the following popular sites, their estimated membership cost and the benefits of using their services.
Netflix is currently the largest streaming network in the United States. It is like a new best friend. It holds your place right where you left off and is waiting for you when you get home. Does cable do that for you? It has a wide variety of TV shows and movies to choose from, including original programming. Netflix’s content is not as up to date as some other services, however, so you may want to use it in addition to other streaming platforms. Membership is typically about $14 per month.
Amazon Prime offers more benefits than just streaming movies and television shows. You also get free two-day shipping, access to the latest music, free e-books and photo storage. Plus, as a streaming network, you can send your favorite shows and movies to your friends. If you watched a new documentary that you want to share with your mom, you can copy the link, paste it into a text message and share it with her in a matter of minutes. Membership costs run about $100 a year, but you can receive a free account if you’re a hard working student.
HBO GO is a good alternative if you’re a cable lover that never watches anything but movies and a few favorite shows. With this option, you can stream “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Game of Thrones.” With such popular shows, you can get your friends together for a viewing party or maintain relationships with friends that live faraway. Create games or place bets on who will be murdered next on “Game of Thrones” or debate the controversial issues John Oliver covers on his show. Membership is only $10 per month and can be canceled at anytime.
There is both a free and paid version of Hulu. If you don’t mind watching cable shows a week after they air or are looking for re-runs and early ’90s movies, the free version will suit you just fine. For $15 a month, you gain access to a wide collection of new and old television shows and movie offerings.