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Best Alternatives to Cable TV

Cable subscription prices are through the roof, and because of this, more and more people are looking at cutting the cord — we’re all looking for alternatives to cable TV. There are an endless number of cable TV alternatives available, and there are even some great smartphone and tablet apps for cord cutting.

So if you’re trying to figure out just how to cut the cord and how to get free cable TV, you’re going to want to read this list of the 8 best apps for cutting the cord.

1. Kodi

Kodi

Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is a great app for many different reasons. Using different plugins allows you to view live TV, including sports, albeit in lower quality than one would like. There’s also tons of movie plugins that allow you to view the latest movies, and tons of TV plugins that allow you to watch the latest episodes of your favorite shows for free. Sure, it’s one of those gray area apps, but if you don’t have the cash to fork up for Netflix or Hulu Plus, and want live TV, movies and backlogs of your favorite shows, Kodi is a must have. It’s available for Windows, iOS and Android, and there are installation instructions on Kodi’s official site

2. Over-the-Air Signals ($0 per month)
This has a small up front cost, of course. You may have to erect a small antenna of some kind to help you pick up the signal, plus you may need a small digital converter box.

Once that’s in place, though, you can obtain a bunch of digital channels over the air for free, particularly if you’re close to the city where the station comes from. I have a friend in Des Moines whose only television service comes via over-the-air signals and he gets about 18 different channels, including an all-weather channel, an all-children channel, and every major broadcast network.

3. YouTube/Vimeo (free)

YouTube is well known for distributing viral content like Auto-Tune the News and Evolution of Dance. But it’s also a great place to get an education. In the span of a few minutes, you can learn everything from how to put on eyeliner to how to build a bookshelf. Check out Vimeo for indie films and documentaries.

 

4. Netflix ($8 per month)

Since Netflix posts entire seasons all at once, it’s a great place for binge-watching.You’ll just have to wait until a season ends to even get started. But hey, no commercials. Accessing the service shouldn’t be a problem either. You probably have 10 devices in your house right now that came preloaded with the Netflix app.

5. Hulu (free or $8 per month)

While Hulu’s free version allows viewers instant access to a limited number of TV episodes through a web browser, Hulu Plus steps it up a notch. For $8 per month,you can access currently airing shows as well as many past seasons, and you can watch either online or on a variety of mobile and set top devices. The catch? You have to sit through repetitive commercials. Lots of them—even with the paid version.

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