Best Cable TV Alternatives in 2018: Live Streaming Services

By on May 2, 2018

The live streaming giant Netflix has dominated, and partly monopolized the online video streaming market in the recent past. Statistics suggested that the users were spending nearly 100 million hours on Netflix.

The problem arose when Netflix increased its subscription charges to $10.99 in a month. This compelled the customers to switch to niche streaming alternatives that would not just be cheaper but would cater to their tastes.

We shall quickly skim through some of the movie streaming sites.

Amazon Prime Video

Cost: Free for Amazon Prime subscribers, $8.99 per month for non-subscribers

Amazon Prime Video is one of the top streaming services after Netflix these days. Below are the types of shows you can watch on this Netflix alternative-

  • Amazon original shows
  • Top movies and TV shows
  • Popular workout and exercise videos
  • Sports shows
  • Documentaries

Pros: Amazon Prime offers many more movies and shows (nearly 18000) compared to Netflix (~10000).

Cons: Habitual Netflix users may find it difficult to search for shows and movies on Amazon Prime.

Hulu Plus

Cost: $7.99 per month, one month’s free trial

A Netflix substitute, nearly as good as Netflix, Hulu Plus offers the same price as the earlier plan of Netflix, $7.99 in a month. Post subscription, you will get an access to advertisement-free streaming options and get to watch all popular TV shows, movies, and HD contents. Additionally, it boosts your access to iPad, PS3, iPhone, and Android.

Pros: You get to live stream TV shows and new movies every day alongside special events like Superbowl.

Cons: Hulu Plus is a superior video streaming service only for the TV show lovers. Movie enthusiasts will still have to look for Netflix-like sites. Moreover, in a 30-minute episode, there will be up to 8 commercials.

Sling TV

It is not just a site like Netflix, but also a top cable alternative that lets you choose a package of cable channels at a reasonable price.

With Sling TV, you will have access to three video streaming packages-

Sling TV Orange Package

At just $20 a month, this Netflix substitute offers nearly 28 channels.

Sling TV Blue Package

This comes at $25 in a month and offers 44 channels. With Sling Blue, you can also get a combination of two packages at a monthly price of $40. No installation or rental fees are there and you can easily stream from your computer, TV or tablet.

Pureflix

Cost: $10.99 per month, $99 annually, free first month for new users

One of the top video streaming services, Pureflix offers a diverse range of movies for all ages. The best thing about this streaming service is that it can be accessed from up to six devices at the same time. Also, it can be readily accessed from the common devices like television, laptop and mobiles.

CBS All Access

This Netflix substitute lets you stream all the current and earlier episodes of CBS shows and CBS hosted sporting events.

Cost:

  • Monthly plan with limited commercials for $5.99 in a month
  • Monthly plan with no commercials for $9.99 per month
  • Annual plan with limited commercials for $59.99 yearly
  • Annual plan with no commercials for $99.99 per year

Pros: Signing up for the annual plan may cost you a little less

Cons: This is mainly good for the ardent followers of CBS shows.

YouTube Red

Cost: $9.99 or $12.99 per month for Android or iOS platforms

It functions in a similar way as that of YouTube and Netflix and can be accessed on a range of devices.

Pros: It lets you stream high-quality contents

Cons: You need to finish one episode within 24 hours after starting

Free alternatives to Netflix

Below is a rundown of some of the non-paid live streaming alternatives you might consider-

Popcorn Flix: One of the popular free streaming services, Popcorn Flix covers a wide variety of genres like documentaries, comedy and drama.

Pluto TV: This offers free video streaming over almost 75 channels.

Viewster: One more free streaming option is Viewster which offers the following genres-

  • Sci-fi
  • Adventure
  • Thriller
  • Documentaries

Snag Films: It is a free streaming site like Netflix wherein 2000+ movies, documentaries and TV shows are featured.

So get ready to fill your leisure times with more exciting video streaming options!

About Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a marketing consultant at StreamHash, with expertise in strategies to engage customers and improve business opportunities. Interested in marketing communications and like to keep abreast of new trends and developments.
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