5 Smaller Cord Cutting Services You Should Try Out





couple sitting on couch watching tv

couple sitting on couch watching tvWhen we talk about choosing streaming services to anchor our cord cutting setups, we usually focus on the big names like Hulu, YouTube, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV Now, Sling, and fuboTV. Those are great service that offers a variety of both live and on-demand channels. However, there are a ton of smaller streaming services that can round out your content collection.

Here are five smaller streaming services that are worth trying out.

CBS All Access

Cost: $5.99/month with commercials or $9.99/month ad-free (7 day free trial)

CBS All Access is the home of classic and current CBS shows so you can relive your favorite series and stay caught up on your current favorites. Watch live or catch up on past episodes on demand. CBS All Access also has original series that have become favorites of both critics and viewers. Look for The Twilight Zone reboot, Star Trek Discovery, and The Good Fight.


Cost: $5.99/month or $56.99/year (7 day free trial)

Horror fans, this one is for you. Shudder is the home of thousands of hours of horror movies ready to stream. In fact, Shudder claims to have the largest and fastest growing selection of new releases and classics. The library is updated weekly so you’ll also have a new movie to watch.

Acorn TV

Cost: $5.99/month or $59.99/year (7 day free trial)

Acorn TV brings current and classic content from the UK to an American audience. You’ll find mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries in the library, including current episodes of shows you can’t find elsewhere outside of the UK and full seasons of classic series.

Criterion Channel

Cost: $10.99/month or $99.99/year (14 day free trial)

Criterion Channel describes their service as the movie lover’s dream. This is the place to go for independent movies, international films, and titles you just won’t find on other streaming services. Along with the movie selection, Criterion Channel has series devoted to highlighting directors, stars, and genres, which the service calls their “15-minute-a-month film school” to help you learn about the industry you love.


Cost: $7.99/month (7 day free trial)

Looking for live music? Qello has you covered. This streaming service shows full length concerts and documentaries about bands and the music industry to give you an inside look at everything from how bands were formed to how reunion tours were designed. Love music but don’t want to pay for another subscription service? Qello has a free version that lets you listen to their music channels and watch trailers of the movies available. 

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