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Recently Cut Cable or Satellite? Here's How to Stream Your Favorite Shows Online

Nearly 200,000 Americans canceled their cable or satellite subscription this quarter. This loss comes as no surprise (since cable and satellite subscriptions have been heading downward all year), and while some folks are cutting back on monthly bills due to the down economy, some are moving to online streaming options.

If you're toying with the idea of canceling your outrageously priced cable subscription, check out these online streaming options that are just a mouse click away.

  • Netflix — With access via gaming consoles, TVs, iPhones, and Android smartphones in addition to computers, the popular classic doesn't look to be going anywhere despite the competition and controversial new pricing structure.
  • Hulu Plus — The $8 monthly subscription fee for Hulu Plus allows access to the most current episodes of TV shows and has an even larger catalog of movies available than its free Hulu counterpart. Available via iOS, Android, select gaming consoles, Samsung TVs, and computer systems.
  • Blockbuster Total Access — Pricing models give customers the option to rent DVDs for home delivery with a subscription plan for $10 or $15, choose to rent DVDs without subscriptions, or stream films online on demand.

For those who love the freedom of choice, check out more streaming options after the break.

  • Epix — A joint venture between movie studios Viacom, Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Lionsgate, Epix offers 150 movies, though it can only be accessed through an existing cable subscription.
  • Amazon — The online retailer recently signed an agreement with CBS making shows like Star Trek and The Tudors available instantly on the site. Over 8,000 video titles are available instantly via Amazon for a fee.
  • Walmart VUDU — Walmart's own streaming media service, VUDU, is accessible online or through VUDU-enabled devices like certain HDTVs, Blu-ray players, or PlayStation 3. Customers do not sign up for a subscription, but rather pay per film viewing. Rentals begin at $3, with new releases starting at $4 and higher for HD-quality streams; many movies can be purchased for unlimited viewing for $15.
  • Facebook — Though currently limited to select options like Doctor Who episodes and The Dark Knight, we'll stay tuned for more streaming developments from the social network in the future.
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megnmac megnmac 5 years
We cut the cord after the season ended in the spring, and it took a while to get used to, but I don't expect to go back anytime soon. I really like watching tv shows when the whole season is done - I've been used to that since I stopped HBO and Showtime and still love Dexter and other premium shows. I just watch later, either through hulu or netflix back catalog. I like to watch what I want, when I want, and find myself exploring and watching whole seasons of totally different shows I didn't watch before - like Bones. I am currently using both hulu and Netflix, since Netflix has the older things and more movies, and hulu is more my tv replacement. I figure with them, plus any random Redbox to fill any possible gap, I'm set for a whole lot less than I was paying for Dish!
meganbrody meganbrody 5 years
I cut the cord last year and have been watching TV online with the TVDevo website and Redbox. TVDevo for TV shows and Live TV, and Redbox for movies.
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