The best way to watch TV is the way that works for you.

And streaming lets you do exactly that.

One of the best parts of streaming TV is that you’re in control. You get to choose what you watch, how you watch it, and how much you pay.

Get everything you want for less when you stream.

Find the price point that works for you.

One of the best parts of streaming is that you can save money. In fact, the average person who switches from cable to streaming saves up to $1,2001, especially once you add in extra equipment, sports, and broadcast fees.

See below to compare popular cable alternatives to Fiber TV. (Heads up: Fiber TV isn’t available to new customers, and YouTube TV, fuboTV, Philo, and Sling TV are billed directly through them.)

Fiber TV YouTube TV fuboTV Philo Sling TV
Price/month $105 $64.99 $59.99 $20 $30
Channels 140+ 85+ 100+ 60+ 50+
Live TV
Live sports
On demand
Cloud DVR

If you want to watch it, you can probably stream it.

Cable alternatives

Cable alternatives, like YouTube TV, fuboTV, Philo, Sling TV, Pluto, and YIP, let you watch live TV. That means you can watch sports, news, and local TV in real time, depending on where you live and which service you have. You can also watch shows on-demand. Some services even come with cloud DVR so you can catch up on your favorite shows later.

On-demand services

On-demand services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and Apple TV+ have vast libraries. You can watch exclusive original content or binge-watch your favorite older shows whenever you feel like it. Unlike cable alternatives, these services don’t give you the ability to watch live TV.

Premium services

Premium services, like HBO Max, Starz, and Showtime, offer many exclusive new shows. You’ll find everything from big budget dramas to exclusive documentaries.

News and local

From local stations to national networks, there are many ways to get live, breaking, and up-to-the-minute info. Whether you’re watching with dedicated apps like ABC and CBS All Access for national coverage or local stations’ live streams, you’ll still always be up to date.

Sports services

Sports services like ESPN+, Tennis Channel+, B/R Live, PGA Tour Live, NBA League Pass, and NHL Center Ice let you watch all sports, all the time. If there’s a sport you love anywhere in the world, there’s probably at least one service for watching it.

International services

Want to watch programming from outside the US? There are plenty of options. Viki (Asian), HotStar (Indian), Acorn TV (British), FlixLatino (Latinx), and YuppTV (South Asian) are just a few services to try.

Fan favorites

Want something super specific? There’s probably something for you. Whether that’s anime (Crunchyroll), all horror (Shudder), or Christmas movies year-round (Hallmark Movies Now), there’s likely a service tailored to what you love.


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Let’s talk about devices.

Let’s talk about devices.

You’ll need a way to connect your TV to the internet. Pick the device that makes the most sense for you based on your needs, budget, and what you already have—and if you want the most tech-forward features, like voice control or the ability to watch in 4K Ultra HD.

Smart TVs

Most of today’s TVs have some sort of smart features, and can use your internet connection to pull up streaming apps. Many even let you browse and add new streaming apps, like a smartphone.

How do you know if your TV is smart?

A smart TV has an ethernet port on the back or asks for your Wi-Fi information.

Just make sure that your TV can do everything you want to do. Since smart TVs have been around for more than 10 years, some TV lovers prefer to add another streaming device to get the latest features and newest apps.

Streaming sticks and boxes

These devices give you access to a wide variety of streaming apps and an easy way to get the latest features. Their tiny size and easy setup makes them a great option for TVs of all sizes throughout your home.

But how do you choose?

Determine the features you want, including ultra HD resolution and voice search, as well as the variety of apps you want, since each brand has their own selection (much like a smartphone). So if you have an app you already know you love, you might want to check the app’s website to see which devices support it.

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Phones, tablets, and computers

When your TV comes from your internet connection, your smartphone, tablet, or computer can become your TV. All you have to do is download an app or sign into your streaming service account in a web browser. It may not be as smooth and fast when you’re out and about and not on your home internet, but your favorite TV show or the shows you recorded with cloud DVR can be right there in your bag or pocket when you have a moment to watch, too.

Gaming consoles

If you’ve got an HD gaming system connected to your TV, chances are it can do some sort of streaming. Some consoles have basic on-demand streaming apps, and many have a wide selection of streaming apps and 4K ultra HD resolution. If you already have a gaming console, fire it up, go into its downloads or game store, and search for the streaming app you’d like to use.

Blu-ray players

If you have a standalone Blu-ray player connected to your TV, check the main menu to see if it has built-in streaming features. Many newer and more advanced players have the ability to stream or add streaming service apps.

HD antennas

OK, an HD antenna may not be connected to your internet or even streaming. But many TV lovers appreciate that they can watch local and broadcast stations by using one of these devices. Unlike with an old-fashioned rabbit ears antenna, you’ll be able to watch in HD with a discreet device that attaches easily to your TV.

Explore HD Digital antennas.

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