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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