If you’ve been considering cutting the cord from high-cost cable, you’re not alone. According to Leichtman Research Group, an organization specializing in research and analysis of the broadband, media, and entertainment industries in the U.S., the largest pay-TV providers in the U.S. lost about 5,120,000 subscribers in 2020. Pew Research reported that the share of Americans who say they watch television via cable or satellite has dropped from 76% in 2015 to 56% this year. Interestingly, Pew Research also reported that a whopping 71% of those surveyed who don’t use cable or satellite services said it’s because they can access the content they want online. 69% of respondents replied that the cost of cable and satellite services was too high.
Many Americans looking to save money are taking a closer look at their cable bills. As seen in the figures above, a significant number are leaving their cable providers and switching to streaming services. The wide selection of streaming services currently available can provide consumers with a budget-friendly alternative to cable TV. To truly save when cutting the cord on cable, consider trying free TV apps as an alternative to higher-cost subscription apps that can add up quickly. Here are four free streaming suggestions to help keep you entertained while keeping your savings intact.
Four Free TV Apps
Peacock enables you to instantly watch many movies, TV shows, and more, for free once you sign up. Peacock is available across a variety of devices. To get started, simply download the Peacock app on your device. You can also head to PeacockTV.com and enter your email address to create an account. Peacock is owned by NBCUniversal and provides some great streaming options. This includes the popular show Yellowstone, as well as Weeds, Monk, Downton Abbey, The Office, and much more. Free flicks include timeless favorites such as Back to the Future, Die Hard, Cast Away, Field of Dreams, and more. The selection makes it one of the best free streaming services. Keep in mind, you will see ads while watching. For a fee, you can stream additional content on Peacock, including shows and films from NBCUniversal’s partners. And with certain subscription plans, you can stream without ads.
2 Pluto TV
Pluto TV encourages viewers to drop in and watch for free. Owned by ViacomCBS, the ad-supported streaming service offers hundreds of channels, as well as on-demand movies and TV shows. Like other free TV apps, to use Pluto TV, you can stream it on the Pluto website or download the app to any supported device. You will enjoy shows such as NCIS, Survivor, Heartland, Beverly Hills 90210, and more. Watch classic movies, such as Pulp Fiction, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic, and Grease. In addition, find breaking news from an assortment of major network news channels that are live streaming.
3 Sling Free
Sling Free offers viewers thousands of hours of free live and on-demand TV. You’ll find full seasons of hit shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, Highway to Heaven, and Impractical Jokers. As with other free streaming services, you will have commercials. Sling Free advertises itself as a way to check out Sling and all it has to offer with no commitments. As a Sling Free user, you will have the option to rent movies or purchase pay-per-view events. To access, go to watch.sling.com or download the Sling TV app on Sling Free supported devices, such as Amazon Fire, Roku, or XBOX. Just select “Explore Free Shows” to find the listing of all free shows and movies. Be aware, Sling Free will encourage you to upgrade to a paid Sling TV plan.
4 The Roku Channel
Another of our recommended free TV apps, The Roku Channel has a large free library of popular TV shows and films. You’ll find family-friendly flicks including Little Big League, as well as action films like Taken, and classic comedies such as Mrs. Doubtfire. If you’re into nostalgic TV, you can watch 21 seasons of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and five seasons of The Rifleman on The Roku Channel. Best of all, you can watch The Roku Channel free and easily on your computer or mobile device once you create an account. You can also add The Roku Channel to any Roku streaming device. Finally, even if you don’t have a Roku, you can download the free Roku Channel app.
Saving with free TV apps
Saving with one of the many free TV apps available begins with researching to see what each service has to offer. Does it provide a selection of shows and movies you will enjoy? Consider your internet speed as well. High-speed internet is necessary for a better streaming experience. Whether you’re walking away from cable, or just want to add a little more variety to your existing entertainment options, a free TV app can be a great solution.
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