best cord cutting services

Cutting the cord and changing to internet TV is becoming more popular as internet speeds continue to improve. The current options are limited but growing. We  will go over all the options and which is best depending on what you are looking for.

7 cord-cutting platforms for watching TV online all with a free trial for almost 5 months of free tv....

  1. Sling TV - 14 day free trial
  2. AT&T TV - 7 day free trial
  3. Hulu Live TV - 30 day free trial
  4. Youtube TV - 30 day free trial
  5. Philo - 7 day free trial
  6. Fubo TV - 7 day free trial
  7. Amazon Prime + Channels - 30 day free trial

What is a Cord-cutting Service

A true cord-cutting service will offer a number of popular cable channels such AS CBS, ABC, NBC etc with your internet connection instead of a cable or satellite. Services such as Netflix or even HBO Max are not cord-cutting platforms as they only offer their own content and/or a library of on demand movies and boxsets rather. A cord-cutting service should feel like watching normal TV where you browse through various channels and watch live and scheduled shows. However, many of these services have evolved to keep up with consumer demand by offering both Live TV, premium networks and huge libraries of box-sets and movies.

Top 3 Cord-Cutting Service to Try

If you are looking for a quick answer on the best cord-cutting services then here is my quick answer and why I think you should try these options.

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Sling TV 14 Day Free Trial - The oldest and most experienced cord-cutting service. I have given it first place as it has the ability to tailor your package to specific needs with channel packages for Sports, Entertainments, Kids, Comedy, News and mores. In addition it has dozen of premium networks such as Starz and Epix.

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Philo 7 Day Free Trial - I have chosen Philo as a must try service as it is such good value. It is less than half the price of the next cheapest service making it great value even though it does not offer local channels.

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Amazon Channels Free Trial - I have selected Amazon Channels as it is very different to all the other services and technically not a cord-cutting service. However with its dozens of 3rd party subscription platforms including pretty much all the major premium networks you could easily replace your TV with Channels through your Amazon Prime account.

Best Cord-Cutting Service For Each type of Content - in a table

No cord-cutting service can be considered the best. instead each service may have its merits depending on what the user is looking for in the the channels they wish to access or the options they want.

The 7 Cord-Cutting Services in a Comparison Tables

The table below lists all the pros and cons of all your cord-cutting options with prices, trials and the content you can expect to find. 

Platform

Trial Period

Content

Price

More Info


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14 Days

Cord- cutting service with loads of premium newtowrk add-ons

$30 pm +  add-ons from $5-$10 pm

Sling TV is the original cord-cutting service and is still on of the best and most popular. The initial selection of channels includes local channels and a fair selection of other channels in both its 2 basic packages. It has extensive upgrade options built specifically for Comedy, Sport, Entertainment and more. It is also worth noting it has probably the largest selection of premium network add-ons with Starz, Epix Showtime and dozens of other independent streaming services available through the platform as additional content.


Pros

  • Lots of customisation
  • Lots of premium options

 

Cons

  • Antenna may be needed for local channels

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7 Days

Extensive  selection of channels and packages

Varies

AT&T TV Now from AT&T was formerly called DirecTV.  This service is probably the most premium cord-cutting option but this also means the most expensive. It has packages costing up-to $186 per month and then the option to add premium networks and services such as HBO, Showtime Epix, NBA and NFL game passes and much more.Only some of the packages come on a free trial however the premium networks can all be added to your free trial.


Pros

  • Options to add  almost anything you want for the ultimate lineup of entertainment

 

Cons

  • Expensive after free trial


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7 Days

Mix of premium channels 65+

$44.99 pm


Hulu Live TV is much more than just the budget Hulu streaming service. It has become one of the most popular cord-cutting services with Local channels and an impressive selection of premium channels such as the Disney Channel, CBS, ESPN U, ESPN and lots more offering a lot of sport. In addition to these great channels it also has a selection of premium network services that you can add on with a free trial such as HBO, Starz, Showtime and Cinemax.

Pros

  • Lots of local channels (selected areas)
  • Choice to upgrade
  • Additional VOD service for movies and Boxsets
  • Good Value

 

Cons

  • Lack of upgrade options for more channels

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14 Days

TV Channels 85 + and premium add-ons

$64.99 pm


Youtube TV is a serious competitor for cord-cutting and offers an impressive selection of channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, Adult Swim, Comedy Central and many more depending on your local selection. In addition it has upgrade options to premium networks and channels including HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, Epix and AMC Premiere.

Pros

  • Lots of Sport
  • League Channels

 

Cons

  • Pricey

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7 Days

45 or 58 Channels

$16.99 pm


Philo is the cord-cutting option for anyone looking to cut the cord on a budget. It does this by not offering any local channels, which is a point that will turn a lot of people off but for many it will not bother them. For the low price there is an impressive selection of channels such as A&E, AMC (access to AMC Premiere) MTV, Discovery and BET. This service come highly recommended and is probably the best value for money 

Pros

  • Cheapest cord-cutting service

 

Cons

  • Very little options to add additonal services or channels

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7 Days

Focus on sport channels

$44.99 pm


Fubo TV is a cord-cutting service which focuses on offering sports including NFL action. It also offers Latino and Portuguese packages which is probably where its value lays. Compared to other more established cord-cutting services it does not offer as much value for your average viewer. Channels include AMC, BeIn Sports, CBS, CBS Sports, FS 1/2, Fox, NBA TV and NFL Network as well as local channels. Premium upgrades are limited but aare improving with currently the option to add the Showtime premium channels.

Pros

  • Best selection of sport channels on entry level package.

 

Cons

  • Limited updgrade options

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7 to 30 Days

Dozens of 3rd party channels

Varies


Amazon Channels is not really a cord-cutting service as it doesn't have live channels. What it offers is a list of 3rd party streaming platforms on its Amazon Prime service. This means you will need an Amazon Prime account. Its list of channels is huge and includes EPIX, Showtime, HBO, CBS, Starz, NBA League Pass,  NFL Game Pass, Shudder, Sundance, Mubi, Fandor, Cinemax and a lot lot more. It also offers almost every single channel as a free trial, which will give you over a year of free trials back to back just on Amazon. For all these reasons I have included it as a real option for cutting the cord.

Pros

  • Loads of add on channels
  • Loads of free trials

 

Cons

  • Have to have Amazon Prime to access any of these trials or channels
  • Price can add up
  • No channels

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