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Get Rid of Cable: Cable-Free TV Options

June 16, 2013 | Coupons & Deals, Ways to Save

So, you’ve decided it’s time. You’re going to get rid of cable. Your bill is getting to be too shocking each month, and let’s be honest, you don’t even use it all that much. Of course you’re going to miss watching your guilty pleasures, (we know you love Keeping Up With the Kardashians–your secret’s safe with us), but you’ll be fine, really. OK, maybe not. Turns out getting rid of cable isn’t as easy as you thought. But don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to get access to your favorite shows and movies–legally–without spending a ton of dough.

Apple TV

Are you the type of person who hates having to juggle dozens of remotes just so you can turn on your TV? Then Apple TV is for you. The device costs $99, and you can use it to stream Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube, and view your personal photos and home movies or listen to music. If your Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions aren’t giving you what you’re looking for, you can buy the latest movies and TV shows on Apple TV (or rent them for a fraction of the purchase price!) and watch them whenever you want.


Want access to all of your favorite TV shows and movies for just $8 a month? Have your friends been begging you to watch House of Cards? Then you need Netflix! You can hook up this movie-streaming service to your TV, computer, game console or all three. Curl up with a bowl of popcorn, click on that movie you’ve been dying to see for ages, and watch instantly. The best part? You’re not locked in to a contact, so if Netflix isn’t for you, you can cancel your service at any time.


Another online video service that can be streamed on your computer or TV, Hulu offers a massive selection of hit TV shows, clips and movies. This is the place to go when you want to watch more recent episodes of your favorite shows, while Netflix is better suited to the viewing of cult-classics like Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks. Hulu is free, but you can upgrade to Hulu Plus for $8 per month to have access to more movies and TV shows and limit the number of commercials you have to view.

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