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A Streaming Service Search Tool

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People always ask me how they can stay current with their favorite TV shows and get rid of cable. There are a few types of streaming services available that allow you to watch the latest season of just about any TV show out there.

There are services like Amazon and iTunes that allow you to own the current season and watch episodes one day after they air on TV. Then there are services like Sling TV and that let you stream channels live over the internet.

Services like CBS all Access, offering a mix of live and day after content. While Hulu offers a subscription service which airs content the day after it’s initial broadcast. All these services also offer loads of content on-demand.

I get a number of questions in the comments regarding various TV streaming services. However, the question I’m asked the most is “what service offers which shows?” So I’ve developed a tool to sort that out for you.

It’s free for anyone to use, and it updates nightly to ensure you know as soon as a new season of a TV show is available for you to enjoy. It breaks down content by purchase and subscription. It will also let you know if any free services are available.

Subscription vs Purchase

So the tool will provide the availability of numerous shows, but you may wonder if it makes more sense to purchase the content you want by the show or to purchase a subscription service.

This really comes down to viewing habits. Most network television can be had by using a TV antenna to watch free broadcast TV. For those without strong signals in their area, Hulu and CBS All Access will provide all most all the prime time and late night content available on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and CW for about $15 a month.

The real  question comes down to TV shows that air on cable networks like AMC, A&E and TBS. The current full season of shows on those networks typically cost about $25 dollars for the full season. So it’s a matter of how many of those shows you watch in a given year.

If you only follow 4-5 different series a year, you could get a way with buying them by the season for a little over $100 a year. On the other hand, if the TV series you watch per year number in the 20s or you want the channel flipping feel of cable, then you may want to go with a service like Sling TV.

Either way, Im hoping this search tool I developed helps you find the TV shows you are looking for. Please give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments. I’ll keep looking for ways to improve it as long as people are using it.

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  • Dennis,

    Thanks to you we have cut our cord. We bought an indoor antenna for $12.90 at Best Buy and it picks up 10 local channels and we purchased a Roku Stick at Best Buy for $39.95. The Roku Stick gives us all the stations we need. We use the You Tube channel from Roku and we receive hours of enjoyment just from that one station. We have not subscribed to a premium service and probably will not. Thanks!

  • Hello Dennis I hooked up my OTA outdoor antenna and ran it to five TVs. Using Channel Master Antenna and 8 port amp. Better picture on all TVs than Cable. I am under contract with Uverse until May so once that's done I will cut the cord. We are still deciding on which streaming service but will probably have to go with both Hulu and Sling because of shows we like on both. We are also strongly considering the Tablo 4 channel DVR. I think the Channel Master would be a little more dependable and easier but really like to have the option to watch on any of the five TVs. Love your site and will purchase through it if at all possible.

    • Thanks Rodney! I'm glad to have you as a reader. I really appreciate the kind words.

  • I am finally getting away Time Warner Cable. My bill reaches $185 per month. Enough is enough! lol 2000 channels and my father and I only watch about 10 of them. We are sick and tired of their terrible customer service and having a huge cable bill for channels we mostly don't bother with. Thank you so much for this eye opening site that breaks it down for us. Help as many as possible see that getting away from cable is the best way to go.

  • Hi Thanks to you I am cutting the cable TV cord this week. My problem may be, that we have a very weak signal here in Narragansett Pier RI.
    I am shopping for a good antenna on Amazon.
    I have Amazon Prime and the fire TV stick, that I have to install.
    I am subscribed to your newsletter and have been referring to it, to study.

  • We live in a National Forest with huge trees here in Sunriver, Oregon. Our Mohu 50 gets less than 10 channels but better than nothing. If we put it one place we get the 10 but three of those are duplicates with weak signals. If we want stronger on three, we have to move it to another place. Trying to figure out, can you put two Mohu's and connect them so if we want CBS to come in strong and don't care about the others we can switch it over. So, can you set up TWO antennas on one TV? Have you heard of anyone successfully trying this?

    • You can really connect to antennas over the same band because it will cause interference. I recommend going with an outdoor antenna if possible. However I looked up Sunriver and it appears CBS is very far away. Is that true or is TVFool wrong in this case. Here is the report.

  • Hi Dennis, I am so pleased to ave found your site. I am not really tech savy so I am asking for some simple info. My situation is I am moving from Southern Oregon to Southern Arizona. I am hoping to avoid cable and satalite for TV reception. Having looked at the site you noted for determining if there were OTA channels I could gather in it looks like about 10 to 14 are available. I do not think that the Home Owners Association will allow outside antenas.(nothing that the neighbors can see). That said could I place , outside under a covered patio, an indoor antena without causing any damage to it. I think it would be OK but maybe you have other ideas. Any help,,, Thanks Robert

    • You don't have to follow that rule. It's against the law for a Homeowners association to enforce any bylaw that restricts the use of an antenna for video reception. Here are the specifics.

  • I am on your "A Streaming Service Search Tool" page. This would be a truly valuable tool but, unfortunately, I am not able to find a link to the tool or anything on the page that enables me to do a search. Am I missing something?