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Top Streaming Services That Can Replace Your Cable Cheaper – What’s On?

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The last few years have seen a revolution in TV. It is no longer necessary to be tied to a cable provider with a long contract. There are many live TV streaming services that are as good, or better, than what the cable companies provide. All this for a lot less money.

In a hurry? There’s lots of information below, but if you just want to start enjoying TV more while spending less money, you can’t go wrong with these services:

  • Fubo (formerly FuboTV): Known for its outstanding sports coverage, Fubo’s 150+ live TV channels provide a broad selection that appeals to most people. Fubo allows you to try out its service with a free trial.
  • Sling TV: Offers 40+ channels, including a couple of local network affiliates, for just $40.00/mo. Save 50% on Sling TV now!
  • DIRECTV STREAM: The king of RSNs, this is the streaming service for MLB, NBA, and NHL fans. Check out its Choice Plan if you want to watch every game! A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.
  • Hulu + Live TV: This industry leader in on-demand streaming offers 85+ live channels, covering a broad range of sports, entertainment, and family content. Try one month for $76.99.

NBA All-Star Weekend!

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Starting Friday is the NBA All-Star Weekend with the All-Star Game Sunday at . Get all the information in our All-Star Weekend Viewer’s Guide!

Or check out these upcoming games: 2023-24 NBA regular season!

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NHL Regular Season!

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Colorado Avalanche via Piqsels (public domain).

The NHL season is half over. Don’t miss a game!

DateTime (ET)Teams
Tue Feb 207:00 pmDevils at Capitals
Tue Feb 207:00 pmSenators at Panthers
Tue Feb 207:00 pmStars at Rangers
Tue Feb 207:00 pmIslanders at Penguins
Tue Feb 208:00 pmWild at Jets
Tue Feb 209:00 pmCanucks at Avalanche
Tue Feb 2010:00 pmPredators at Golden Knights
Tue Feb 2010:30 pmBlue Jackets at Kings

What’s Streaming Now?

We provide simple but detailed information for cord-cutters to get the best possible experience without cable. You will learn where and how to stream different channels, what individual streaming services offer, and how to be cost-effective with your chosen streaming device.

Whether you’re a sports fan, movie buff, parent with curious kids, or just a general TV consumer, we provide you with everything you need to leave your cable contract behind.

Here’s the stuff we think deserves attention. It’s by no means complete, however! All times are Eastern.

Sporting Events This Week

NASCAR is officially back with the biggest race of the year this weekend: the Daytona 500. You can watch practice and qualifying on FS1 and the main event on Sunday at on Fox. Get all the details in our Daytona 500 Viewer’s Guide.

To get you ready, here are a few factoids:

  • Not the oldest: You might think that the Daytona 500 is the oldest Cup Series race, but it isn’t. The Cup Series started in 1949 (as Strictly Stock) and the Daytona 500 didn’t start until 1959. Seven races date back further: Xfinity 500 (1949), Cook Out 400 — Martinsville (1950), Southern 500 (1950), Goodyear 400 (1952), Toyota Owners 400 (1953), Go Bowling at The Glen (1957), and Cook Out 400 — Richmond (1958).
  • Loads of money: The Daytona 500 purse is by far the largest of the NASCAR calendar — much larger even than the championship race. Cup Series also has far more money in it than the other races. Last year at Daytona, the purses for the top three series were: Cup ($26,934,357), Xfinity ($3,327,595), and Truck ($1,025,847).
  • Multiple winners: Six drivers have won the Daytona 500 two times. Four have won it three times. But the top drivers are Cale Yarborough with 4 wins (1968, 1977, 1983 1984) and Richard Petty with 7 wins (1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981).

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Other Sporting Events This Week

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Movies and TV Shows This Week

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ve got both new romance movies:

  • Five Blind Dates (Tuesday, Prime Video)
  • An American in Austen ( Saturday, Hallmark)
  • Romance in Hawaii ( Sunday, UPtv)
  • A Taste of Love ( Monday, Hallmark)

As well as new cautionary tales from (who else?) Lifetime on just how wrong relationships can go:

  • Secret Love Triangle ( Wednesday, LMN)
  • She’s Obsessed With My Husband ( Thursday, LMN)
  • The Beach House Murders ( Saturday, Lifetime)
  • The Man in the Guesthouse ( Sunday, Lifetime)

Bonus: it’s Premiere Week on CBS! All new episodes on CBS can be streamed on Paramount+ starting the day after they air.

  • Tuesday: FBI Season 6 (), FBI: International Season 3 (), and FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 ()
  • Thursday: Young Sheldon Season 7 (Final Season) (), Ghosts Season 3 (), and So Help Me Todd Season 2 ()
  • Friday: S.W.A.T. Season 7 (), Fire Country Season 2 (), and Blue Bloods Season 14 ()
  • Sunday: The Equalizer Season 4 () and CSI: Vegas Season 3 ()

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What Else Is New?

Two awards shows, fashionistas, aliens, Snoopy, Jake Tapper, and much more:

  • Wednesday (Feb 14)
    • Resident Alien Season 3 (, Syfy)
    • The New Look (new series, Apple TV+)
  • Thursday (Feb 15)
    • Bold & Bougie (new series, , WEtv)
    • Next Goal Wins (new movie, Hulu)
    • Churchy (new series, BET+)
    • Vigil Season 2 (Peacock)
    • The Truth About Jim (new series, Max)
    • Far North (new series, Sundance Now)
  • Friday (Feb 16)
    • Totally Funny Kids (new series, , The CW)
    • Totally Funny Animals (new series, , The CW)
    • This Is Me… Now: A Love Story (new documentary, Prime Video)
    • The Grand Tour: Sand Job (new special, Prime Video)
    • Life & Beth Season 2 (Hulu)
    • The Dynasty: New England Patriots and Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin (Apple TV+)
  • Saturday (Feb 17)
    • Fast: Home Rescue Season 2 (, The Weather Channel)
  • Sunday (Feb 18)
    • BAFTA Film Awards (, BritBox)
    • People’s Choice Awards (, NBC/Peacock)
    • American Idol Season 22 (, ABC)
    • Naked and Afraid Season 17 (, Discovery)
    • Tournament of Champions Season 5 (, Food Network)
    • United States of Scandal With Jake Tapper (new series, , CNN)
    • What Would You Do? Season 16 (, ABC)
    • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Season 11 (, HBO/Max)
  • Monday (Feb 19)
    • The Really Loud House Season 2 (, Nickelodeon)
    • James Brown: Say It Loud (new documentary, , A&E)
    • Operation Arctic Cure (new series, , National Geographic)
    • Giannis: The Marvelous Journey (new documentary, Prime Video)
    • The Madame Blanc Mysteries Season 3 (Acorn TV)

Why Get Rid of Cable TV?

Some reasons for getting rid of cable are obvious. But there are some that may not have occurred to you.

  • Time: Too much television is a waste of time. If you cancel cable and only watch your favorite TV shows, you can spend more time with your friends and family.
  • Money: A cable or satellite subscription costs many times more than it does to grab a simple on-demand plan with Hulu and Netflix. Cable is also more expensive than online cable replacement services with live TV channels, like Fubo and Hulu + Live TV.
  • Technology: Video streaming is the future of TV. Soon, all video entertainment will be via an online connection. You might as well get on board now, learn the tricks, and save money in the process.
  • Information: Be more informed. Rather than be at the mercy of local news anchors, you will revert to more reputable news feeds like PBS, Bloomberg, CBS News, and LinkTV. For example, FuboTV provides 13 news and information channels, along with all the local affiliates in its base plan.
  • Freedom: Cable and satellite providers normally tie you into a long contract, only to give you prices that are still higher than comparable streaming services. Getting rid of cable means getting rid of the contract. Go month-to-month and be flexible.
  • Dignity: Stop getting ripped off! Calling up the cable company and canceling your cable will simply make you feel good.

Looking for missing conservative news channels? Check out Sling TV!

Best Streaming Services

Choosing the right streaming service is probably the most important decision that a cord-cutter will make. There is no absolute “best” streaming service. It all depends on what you want with your live TV streaming plan.

Some streaming services are free, like Peacock TV (although they have a premium plan). Sling TV offers value plans that are low-cost but offer a lot. And the full-featured plans of Fubo, Hulu Live TV, and DIRECTV STREAM) provide what you would expect from a standard cable plan, but with different bonus features designed to appeal to all sorts of viewers’ needs.

Get access to all our detailed and up-to-date reviews of the major streaming services. You will also get links to free trials so you can make sure a service suits you before you buy.

Internet Without Cable?

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Sling TV makes it easy to watch TV on your smartphone and other devices.

Most cable TV subscribers also get their internet access from the same place. In many cases, there are other options for the internet. In some cases, cable is literally the only game in town.

We’ve put together everything that cord-cutters need to know about getting internet service. Even if your cable provider is tied in with your internet, you can probably get a reasonably-priced internet-only plan via a downgrade.

Cord-Cutting Wisdom

There are a lot of aspects of cord-cutting that newbies may be faced with. These range from what’s worth watching, to getting access to particular channels, to buying and installing specialized streaming and recording devices.

We discuss it all. Here are some of our most popular articles:

Stream Major Events

Major TV events are still a big part of our social lives — just look at Facebook and Twitter during the Super Bowl or Academy Awards. Cord cutters have full access to these events.

For those just starting out, we have primers on how to stream the biggest happenings:

Stream Sports

Most major streaming services offer good access to live sports. The standout is Fubo. But a good low-cost newcomer to the industry is Vidgo. We have articles about everything related to live streaming sports like:

Stream TV Shows

With live TV streaming, you never have to miss your favorite shows, mini-series, and films when they are broadcast live. Here are some of our articles about streaming some recent must-see TV titles:

Get Started Now

We understand that dumping cable is intimidating. So we’ve written a detailed step-by-step guide to the process on How to Watch TV Without Cable.

It also gives you an overview of all the top streaming services, desirable features to look for, and answers to the most frequently asked questions from to-be cord-cutters.

What are you waiting for? Get started now!

Ditch “Big Cable” Now – 3 Simple Steps to Cut the Cord

  1. Pick the right streaming service
  2. Get the content you deserve with the best VPN.
  3. Supercharge your internet provider

That’s it — you’ll save money, take back control, and enjoy TV more!

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