As cord-cutting becomes a popular alternative to cable television, companies are scrambling to get your money.
The options can be overwhelming. FlashRouters has a rundown of some of our favorite live TV streaming services to get you started on cutting the cord.
YouTube TV launched only last year, making it one of the newest cord-cutting options available. It is a TV streaming service that lets you watch live TV from major broadcast and cable networks.
For $35 per month, subscribers enjoy local and national live sports and shows as they air. Incidentally, this service allows subscribers to record their favorite shows without storage limits, as well as the ability to stream wherever. Ultimately, YouTube TV allows up to 6 accounts under one membership, allowing personal DVR libraries and 3 simultaneous streams.
YouTube TV includes over 50 channels, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and many more. Additional sports channels and premium networks such as SHOWTIME, Shudder, SundanceTV, and Fox Soccer Plus are also available for an additional monthly charge.
Currently, YouTube TV is only available in the United States.
The second cord-cutting option is Sling TV, or Sling Television. Sling TV is an a la carte TV streaming service, meaning you can pick and choose which channels you have.
At only $20 per month, Sling TV is our cheapest cord-cutting option. This plan is called Sling Orange and includes 23 channels, including ESPN, AMC, the Food Network, A&E, TNT, CNN, and many more. Paying $25 per month gives you Sling Blue, which includes 45 live channels, including NBC, USA, Bravo, and SyFy. It also allows up to 3 simultaneous streams.
Sling TV’s selling point is its a la carte TV streaming options. These options are extra packages that add more channels to the Sling Orange or Blue plans. These packages include sports, entertainment, comedy, kids, news, and lifestyle packages.
Moreover, much like YouTube TV, Sling TV is only available in the United States.
DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s very own cord-cutting option. Interestingly enough, this service is offered by DirecTV, a satellite television company.
This service starts at $35 with other packages. Take a look below to see which one suits you.
DirecTV Now also offers premium channels such as HBO or CINEMAX for $5 per month and SHOWTIME or STARZ for $8 per month.
Meanwhile, if you couldn’t tell, the common trend with these live TV cord-cutting options is that they are only available in the United States.
How To Access Cord-Cutting Services Outside The United States
Thankfully, a solution exists for those wanting to start cord-cutting outside of the United States.
This is achieved with a virtual private network. A VPN allows individuals to get around geographically locked content by tunneling all your data through secure servers all over the world.
Some customer favorite VPN providers include:
- NordVPN – Affordable EU-based VPN service with fast reported speeds worldwide.
- IPVanish – The premier US-based VPN provider that owns and operates their own servers.
Not only does this assist in circumventing geographic restrictions, it encrypts and protects your data as well.
As a matter of fact, picking a secure server located in the United States tricks streaming providers such as YouTube TV or Sling TV into thinking you are in the United States.
VPN Cord-Cutting With A FlashRouter
A VPN typically allows for one connected device at a time, disallowing multiple users to access the internet. With a FlashRouter, you get the benefits of a VPN on your entire home network. Moreover, that means geographic workarounds as well as encryption for all your connected devices.
Furthermore, are you planning to stream Direct TV Now on an Apple TV? or Sling TV on a Roku? In any case, if you want to use a VPN on either of these devices, they will have to be connected to a VPN router, as these streaming players can only be used through a VPN on the network level.
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