As the price of cable continues to rise, many consumers are pretty much at the point of cutting the cord, if they haven’t already. Plus, now that there are so many free streaming services, it’s become easier than ever to still enjoy quality programs without the hefty monthly price tag.
So if you’re ready to replace your traditional cable setup or are just looking for a few new options when it comes to streaming services, we’ve compiled this list of free services to get you started.
While you may not have thought of YouTube as a place to stream free movies and shows, you’d be surprised at how many full-length films, documentaries and niche shows are available at no-cost. YouTube also has a “Live” channel that lets you watch live sports, gaming and news content (not to be confused with YouTube TV, which you have to pay for). Pretty cool!
Yes, you’ll likely have to watch a few ads, but you’ll still have the ability to watch free entertainment that is compatible with almost all devices. There are literally millions of options to choose from.
2. PBS Kids
This is personally one of my favorite apps. Not because I enjoy watching back-to-back episodes of Daniel Tiger, but because I can feel good about what my son is watching. The PBS Kids Video app provides a variety of educational and enriching content. Many of kids’ favorite shows are available, including “Sesame Street,” “Dinosaur Train,” and “Curious George.”
The app has a fun and easy-to-use interface suitable for kids and what makes me love it even more is that there are no commercials!
PBS Kids is compatible with Chromecast, Windows, Android and iOS.
3. Pluto TV
Pluto TV is a great streaming service for many reasons, but one notable feature the company offers is that you can watch “channels” that are devoted to just the things you love (sound familiar? It’s a lot like your cable TV guide!). There’s even a channel dedicated to cat YouTube videos, so what more could you ask for?
The streaming service has a little of everything, from news and TV shows to sports, cartoons and viral videos. Pluto TV also prides themselves on the fact that they have a nice selection of exclusive live channels that can’t be found with your typical cable package.
In addition, Pluto TV has also recently launched an on-demand video service where you can watch some of your favorite shows and movies from popular studios such as Lionsgate, MGM, Warner Bros. and Paramount.
The downside is that Pluto TV has lots of ads, but no more so than if you were to watch regular cable TV. But on the plus side, the app works with just about any device from Windows and Roku to Android and iOS. Pluto also has a cool function that lets you add certain shows to your calendar, so you don’t miss them while they’re streaming.
Want to keep up with trending news stories? The latest in entertainment? International news?
Consider Newsy, a national news network that produces videos explaining the “why” behind the news. (Full disclosure: Newsy and Don’t Waste Your Money are owned by the same company.)
The free Newsy app is available for iPhones and Android devices. It’s also compatible with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
I always thought you had to be a cable subscriber to take advantage of the ABC app, but apparently this is not the case! You can watch select episodes of your favorite show and “throwback” shows for free, without having to enter cable subscription information.
Right now, for example, you can watch entire seasons of “Ugly Betty, “Scoundrels,” “The Muppets” and other shows for free, since they are “throwback” shows.
The ABC app is available for download on iOS and Android devices, as well as being compatible with Android TV, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Roku.