Is this the year that you’re ready to drop cable? Millions of people have already done it and never looked back. You could save thousands of dollars each year by dropping your cable TV subscription. Many people cling to theirs because they don’t realize how easy it is to watch their favorite shows without paying a fortune. But it really is possible to watch all your shows, even in real time, without paying a huge monthly fee. Plus, parents can use a phone spy app to see what shows their children stream on their smartphones. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular services that people are using to cut the cable cord forever.
Roku was one of the original streaming services and it’s still popular. You can buy either a Roku box or a Roku stick, which is a USB dongle that plugs into your TV. They’ll both let you access a variety of streaming services that will let you watch thousands of TV shows and movies. You can also use these streaming services on more than one device. So, if your child is watching TV on their smartphone, you can use a phone spy app to make sure it’s appropriate for them.
Roku offers more movies than TV shows, so if you’re a movie fan, Roku might be a good fit for you. You might want to look further if you really love shows that are only on premium channels, though.
Sling TV is the only streaming service that allows you to watch shows in real time as they air. For example, if you’re a fan of the Walking Dead, you won’t have to wait until later in the week to watch it if you don’t want to pay for cable. Instead, you can use Sling TV to watch it when it airs on Sunday night. The monthly fee includes a certain number of base channels. From there, you can select from add-on packages that give you access to more channels, such as limited premium channels. Many popular cable networks like AMC, Investigation Discovery, WE tv, and Syfy are available through Sling TV.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV has two options: a box that you can hook up to your TV and a USB dongle. The Fire TV Stick costs about $40, which makes it one of the more expensive USB dongles. But Amazon Fire TV, both the box and the stick, also come with Alexa voice remote. This is a game changer for many people. You just have to tell Alexa to open all the romantic comedies, and all of them from every streaming service will appear on the screen. Then, tell Alexa to play a particular one and it will start right away on your TV. No remote necessary.
Amazon Fire TV also supports some of the best streaming services on the market. Netflix, Hulu and Hulu Plus, Sling TV, and of course Amazon Prime’s huge library of TV shows and movies are all available. These can all be watched on multiple devices as well, and monitored with a phone spy app. Plus, it’s one of the few options that supports all the big premium subscription services, such as HBO and Showtime. If you want to watch Game of Thrones without paying a premium price, choose Amazon Fire TV.
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