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Alternative TV Services Your Cable Company Doesn’t Want You to Know About

With streaming services and other alternative technology, many viewers are ditching their cable company, and more importantly, their cable bill! Here are a few products that will help you cut the cord and save money without losing your favorite shows.


High Definition TV Antenna

You might think of an antenna as that silver wire thing that your grandma was constantly adjusting for a better signal on her old TV. But, TV antenna technology has come a long way. The Mohu Leaf Antenna ($40) is a paper-thin HDTV antenna. It reaches a 40-mile radius so you can watch news, weather, sitcoms, kids and sports programming with no monthly contract or bills.

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Over-the-Air DVR

You might be thinking, if I get rid of cable, how will I record my favorite shows or important football games? All you need is an over-the-air DVR. The Amazon Fire TV Recast ($230) lets you record all your favorite shows that come in through your antenna. Plus, it includes two tuners, so you can record two shows at once, and there’s enough space to record 75 hours of programming. Here are some other Amazon products that you’ll use every day.

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Roku Streaming Stick

With the endless amount of shows available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, many people simply don’t see the need for cable TV any longer. If you don’t have a smart TV, which has streaming channels and apps built-in, you need a streaming player. The Roku Streaming Stick ($50) is a great option if you want something compact and affordable. Simply plug it into your TV and access all your favorite movies and TV through your WiFi network.

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If you want a streaming device with a few more bells and whistles, you can go with Apple TV, but it will cost you a little more. The Apple TV 4K ($200) allows you to watch not only streaming apps but also iTunes movies and TV shows. Other features that you definitely won’t get with cable include games, AirPlay content from other Apple devices, and a Siri-enabled remote.

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Smart TV

A smart TV is another way to access streaming channels, so you can say bye-bye to the cable company. With a smart TV, you won’t need a streaming device, because the TV has streaming apps built right in. The most popular and affordable model is the TCL Roku TV ($278). You can get access to more than 4,000 streaming apps, it has a simple interface and beautiful LED picture quality.

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Gaming Console

If you’re interested in getting rid of the cable company, and you also happen to be a gamer, you can kill two birds with one stone with a gaming console. The Xbox One S streams movies and TV and plays Blu-rays, in addition to its gaming capabilities. Users like the easy setup, and the simple-to-use interface. Plus, at only $210, it’s more affordable than most popular gaming systems.

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Android TV Box

An Android streaming box ($75) is yet another streaming device option that allows you to stream Netflix, Hulu, and other services. But, it also functions as a gaming console for Android games. It’s a great choice if you have an Android phone and you prefer the Android-style operating system. Also, be sure to stock up on these brilliant buys on Amazon with practically perfect reviews.

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Erica Young
Erica Young is a freelance writer and content creator, specializing in home and lifestyle pieces. She loves writing about home decor, organization, relationships, and pop culture. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.