Below are some frequently asked questions I receive on a regular basis about how to watch TV without cable. I will be keeping this FAQ up date, so please comment with any suggestions for improvement.
Q. How much money will I save?
It will vary from person to person. The first step is to figure out what you want to watch. This article on TV streaming services should help find which ones are right for you. Then you can check out our Cord Cutting Calculator and find out how much you can save.
If your goal is to save money, then you should not try to make your cord cutting solution like cable TV. In other words, don’t try to get as much content as you can. That’s why cable is so expensive. They give you more than you need and you only watch about 5% of the channels.
Q. How do I watch local TV without cable?
Network channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC broadcast their network. All you need is a digital antenna like the Mohu Leaf to watch them for free. There is a section of my Cable TV alternatives guide entitle How To Get Local Channels Without Cable that will get you started. If you are interested in just prime time network shows you can also check out how to watch local TV online.
Q. How do I watch sports without cable?
I’ve written a comprehensive article on how to watch sports online. It explains how to watch most major sports, from how to watch the NBA without cable to watching NHL games online. It even covers how to watch ESPN without cable.
There are separate guides for those wanting to watch MLB online and those interested in watching soccer online. I’ve also recently added a separate post on how to watch NFL without cable. It’s never been easier to watch sports without a cable or satellite TV subscription.
Q. What do streaming devices like Roku cost per month?
Technically nothing. There is no monthly cost associated with Roku or any other streamlining device. However there is a monthly cost incurred from the streaming subscriptions you choose to have.
Q. Do I need to buy a streaming device or a smart TV?
I’m always getting the question “do i need a Smart TV?” No you don’t. Streaming devices are affordable enough to be a better deal than most Smart TVs and they do a better job streaming video. For a more in depth comparison check out my comparison of a Smart TV vs. Roku.
However, if you have some video game consoles around the house, they do a decent job of streaming online content. Most modern consoles support all the streaming apps and they are easy to setup as shown when I setup Netflix on Xbox. It’s that simple on most consoles.
Q. Which Streaming Services should I get?
The main services are covered in this article on This article on the best TV streaming services for different viewing habits. However, the movie service Vudu isn’t covered in that article, but you can check it out in my Vudu review.
Q. How do I watch hit cable shows like “Game of Thrones”, “The Walking Dead” . . . etc.
You can now watch HBO online without cable, so that is no longer a reason to keep paying that monthly bill. As for other hit shows, most current seasons are affordably available online a day after airing. There is a ton of current cheap cable TV online.
Q. What kind of antenna should I get?
That depends on where you live. I have written a TV antenna guide to help you make your choice. There is also a separate guide on getting the best TV antenna reception. We personally use the Mohu Sky 60 Outdoor Antenna.
Q. What about multiple TVs? Do I need an antenna for each?
If you use an outdoor antenna and have good signals in your area, then you should be able to run that one antenna to multiple TVs in your house. If you are using an indoor antenna, I’d recommend getting one for each TV.
Q. What Type of streaming device do you use?
Due to us having iPhones and Small children, we have opted to use an Apple TV. The ease of use is perfect for the kids. The downside is we are always looking for the lost Apple TV remote. It’s small and the kids are constantly misplacing it. We’ve also made the mistake of teaching them how to use the Apple TV remote app. Now our cell phones are disappearing.
Q. How can I get cable TV for free?
There is actually a ton of free cable TV available online. Yes, it’s all legal.
Q. What about a DVR?
Q. What about Phone Service?
I cover how to replace your landline phone is this post on home phone options.
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