Switching to streaming services

Learn about different streaming services and what they have to offer to make the switch from cable easier and cheaper.

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There are many streaming services available with endless show and movie options. Many former cable users are switching to streaming services to save money, enjoy more content, and more.

A streaming service is an online service that allows users to watch digital content over the Internet. Streaming services provide on-demand access to a wide range of media, such as television shows and movies. Streaming platforms are subscription-based, with prices depending on which provider you use. Many streaming platforms offer a free trial, so you can find which one works best for you. Here are some examples of streaming services you may consider switching to:


Netflix is a streaming service that has a vast library of movies, TV shows, and documentaries. It is one of the world’s leading streaming platforms and offers services in many countries. Netflix also produces original content that is exclusive to the platform. It is also ad-free, providing an uninterrupted viewing experience.


Hulu is a streaming service that offers movies, TV shows, original programming, and more. It has a live TV option that allows users to watch live broadcasts of network TV channels. Hulu also provides on-demand access to live television shows shortly after they air on cable or broadcast television. Hulu offers both ad-supported and ad-free plans.


HBO Max offers a wide range of premium digital content including movies, TV shows, and original programming. Subscribers have access to HBO’s original programming, including popular shows like “Game of Thrones.” It also produces its own exclusive content such as “Friends: The Reunion.”

Pluto TV

Pluto TV provides access to digital content without charging a subscription fee. It is supported by advertising revenue, so viewers are often required to watch advertisements during their shows. Pluto TV has a broad range of live TV channels, including news, sports, and entertainment.

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