Here Are the Streaming Services I Personally Use




Teenager girl with remote control laying down and watching tv eating popcorn.

Teenager girl with remote control laying down and watching tv eating popcorn.I often get asked what cord cutting services I use. That is a tough question, because I subscribe to a ton of services for work. I currently have a subscription to every live TV service except YouTube TV. (I have researched YouTube TV but live/work outside of the area it is offered. Google has not responded to requests for a review account.) I do have a subscription to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu’s live TV beta, and Fubo TV.

I also subscribe to many video on-demand services for testing that I don’t typically use. Whether that be testing out a service such as CuriosityStream or Shudder, I often rotate through them so I can do reviews and recommend services I enjoy.

However, I want to show you the services I use every day at home.

What I used when I became a cord cutter:

When I cut the cord, we already had Netflix and subscribed to Amazon Prime Video. (We had Amazon Prime mostly for the free shipping.) So we added Hulu for a total new cost of about $8 a month. (That is an important thing to remember. Many cable subscribers already pay for one or more streaming services such as Netflix.)

I used the LiveStream app to stream my local news because we lived in an area with no over-the-air reception. I also used Twonky Beam, a free app that would cast YouTube videos to your Roku before YouTube had an official app. (Anyone remember Twonky Beam?) I also used a few other free services here and there, but none really stand out in my memory.

Total new cost: $8 a month (Not counting services I paid for when I had cable).

What I use today as a cord cutter:

I still use Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Recently I moved, so I now use an antenna in my attic installed by DISH and a Tablo DVR to stream it to all the devices in my house.

As for live TV services if it was not for my work at Cord Cutters News I would only subscribe to them twice a year. First during the Walking Dead I would get Sling TV, because it is the least expensive option. Second I would pay during football season.

During the college football season I typically use PlayStation Vue. I am a huge Big Ten fan. I love that Sling has the Pac 12 Network but, sadly, it does not have the Big Ten network; however, this year I think I may test out Hulu’s live TV beta. (Assuming it gets a Roku app.) I live in a market that has to pay $10 more a month, so PlayStation Vue costs $45 a month to get the Big Ten Network and ESPN. Hulu gives both for just $40 a month in my market. (If Sling TV gets the Big Ten Network, I will go with them for $35 a month during football season.)

I also use several free services. Pluto TV has a ton of great content, and I use NewsON for local news when I want it. Crackle and Tubi TV are all great ways to watch a ton of free content.

Total new cost: $48 a month (Not counting services I paid for when I had cable.)

Want to see what devices I use? You can find a full break down of the hardware I use HERE.

So what cord cutting services do you use? (Please only post legal services. Posting pirated services may result in a ban.)

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