Cord Cutting Resources

No matter how experienced a cord cutter you are everyone can use help from time to time. Here are a few cord-cutting resources to help make cord-cutting easier. You will also find links to the streaming services that offer free trials, a breakdown of what services offer what channels, DVR services, and Simultaneous Viewing information.

  • Cord Cutting – cordcutting.com – a blog dedicated to exploring the world of cord-cutting, including streaming solutions and free over-the-air TV.
  • Grounded Reason – groundedreason.com – has the aim of providing you with down to earth researched content around how technology can save us money and change everyone’s life for the better.
  • Cord Cutters News – cordcuttersnews.com – an outlet dedicated to providing the latest news and information around the latest streaming and cord cutting options.
  • Plex Cord Cutter – cordcutter.plex.tv – resources dedicated to helping those that want to cut the cord (and use the Plex system).
  • Cord Cutting Report – cordcuttingreport.com – updated regularly to give you the latest techniques for getting inexpensive Internet access and choosing the right products in the cord-cutting realm.
  • Untangle.tv – untangle.tv – a cord cutting guide that will recommend the best devices and services to show you how to cut the cord.
  • NoCable – nocable.org – This is us! We are an online resource dedicated to being a one-stop shop for everything related to cutting the Cable TV cord.
  • Kill the Cable Bill – killthecablebill.com – an online resource helping you to stop paying for expensive Cable TV.
  • Cut Cable Today – cutcabletoday.com – a destination for the latest cord cutting and streaming news. From Sling TV to Netflix, if it’s connected to the world of cord cutting, you can learn about it here.
  • Cord Cutting Online – cablecuttingonline.com – a one-stop blog for better cable alternatives.
  • Streaming Observer – streamingobserver.com – an independent source for the latest developments in video streaming technology.
  • Flixed.io – flixed.io – news, tips, and tutorials for the cord-cutting revolution.
  • Antenna Web – antennaweb.org – TitanTV’s online resource helping you determine which tv channels are within reach of your home.
  • Disable my Cable – disablemycable.com – they help you save money by canceling cable TV and replacing it with free and cheap alternatives.
  • OTA DTV – otadtv.com – detailed and technical information around how to receive OTA DTV with an antenna.
  • Cable Alternatives – cablealternatives.com – a locally-owned business based in Fridley, MN, but a site with a lot of information about how to replace Cable TV.
  • Denny’s Antenna Source – dennysantennaservice.com – a ton of information around how antennas work and which ones to buy.
  • Cut The Cord – cutthecord.com – a group of tech insiders, writers, self-confessed geeks and TV obsessives fed up with the cable TV monopoly on entertainment.
  • Reddit – /r/cordcutting and /r/cordcutters – communities around the cord cutting movement. Lots of news and help can be found here.
  • Cord Cutters Talk – cordcutterstalk.com – talking about cord cutting and deals around the cord cutting space.
  • Cordkillers – cordkillers.com – a podcast that helps you figure out how to watch what you want, when you want, on any device you please.
  • Stream Buzz – streambuzz.net – a website dedicated to bringing the latest news and information to consumers of streaming services and products.
  • Suppose TV – suppose.tv – find the channels you want to stream on any streaming service.
  • How to Watch – howtowatch.com – they help you find the best ways to cut the cord and get all the shows and channels you want to watch.
  • TV Fool – tvfool.com – a tool that can analyze your location to help determine what free broadcasts might be available in your neighborhood.
  • Rabbit Ears – rabbitears.info – shows the TV markets, stations in those markets, subchannels on those stations, and then additional drop-downs give you access to technical data.
  • FOMOPOP – fomopop.com – provides in-depth testing and reporting on streaming services, devices, internet, & cell phone plans.

Subscription Service Free Trials

Amazon Prime Hulu Rabbit TV
CBS All Access NBA League Pass Select TV
College Sports Live Netflix Showtime Now
DirectTV Now NFL Gamepass SHUDDER
Fubo TV Philo TV Sling TV
GameFly PlayOn Sundance Now
HBO Now PS Vue WWE

Cable Replacement Options

AT&T Watch TV vs. Philo vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu vs. DirecTV Now vs. PS Vue vs. YouTube TV vs. Fubo: Top 100 channels compared

Overwhelmed? An easier-to-grok Google Spreadsheet is here.

Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) Hulu with Live TV ($45) DirecTV Now ($50) PS Vue ($50) YouTube TV ($50) Fubo TV ($55)
Total channels: 37 39 24 39 58 43 47 64 66
ABC No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
CBS No No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Fox No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBC No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PBS No No No No No No No No No
CW No No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
MyNetworkTV No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
A&E Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No Yes
AMC Yes Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes
Animal Planet Yes Yes No No Yes $ Yes Yes No
BBC America Yes Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes
BBC World News Yes Yes $ $ No $ $ Yes $
BET Yes Yes $ Yes No $ No No Yes
Big Ten Network No No No No Yes $ $ Yes Yes
Bloomberg TV No No Yes Yes No $ No No No
Boomerang Yes No $ $ Yes Yes $ No $
Bravo No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cartoon Network Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CBS Sports Network No No No No Yes $ $ Yes Yes
Cheddar No Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
Cinemax No No No No $ $ $ No No
CMT No Yes $ $ No $ No No Yes
CNBC No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CNN Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comedy Central Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes
Cooking Channel No Yes $ $ No $ $ No $
Destination America No Yes $ $ No $ Yes No $
Discovery Channel Yes Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
Disney Channel No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Disney Junior No No $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Disney XD No No $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DIY No Yes $ $ No $ $ No $
E! No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EPIX No No $ $ No No $ $ No
ESPN No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ESPN 2 No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ESPNEWS No No $ No Yes $ $ Yes No
ESPNU No No $ No Yes $ $ Yes No
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) Hulu with Live TV ($45) DirecTV Now ($50) PS Vue ($50) YouTube TV ($50) Fubo TV ($55)
Food Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
Fox Business No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox News No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 1 No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 2 No No No Yes Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
Freeform No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FX No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FX Movie Channel No No No No Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
FXX No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FYI Yes Yes $ $ No $ No No Yes
Golf Channel No No No $ Yes $ $ Yes Yes
Hallmark Yes Yes $ $ No Yes $ No Yes
HBO No No No No $ Yes $ No No
HGTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
History Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No Yes
HLN Yes No $ $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IFC Yes Yes Yes Yes No $ $ Yes Yes
Investigation Discovery Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
Lifetime Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No Yes
Lifetime Movie Network Yes Yes $ $ No $ No No Yes
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) Hulu with Live TV ($45) DirecTV Now ($50) PS Vue ($50) YouTube TV ($50) Fubo TV ($55)
MLB Network No No $ $ No $ $ Yes No
Motor Trend Yes Yes Yes No Yes $ $ Yes Yes
MSNBC No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MTV Yes Yes $ $ No Yes No No Yes
MTV2 Yes Yes $ $ No $ No No $
National Geographic No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nat Geo Wild No No No Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
NBA TV No No $ $ No $ $ Yes Yes
NBC Sports Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Newsy No No Yes Yes No No No Yes $
NFL Network No No No Yes No No $ No Yes
NFL Red Zone No No No $ No No $ No $
NHL Network No No $ $ No $ No No No
Nickelodeon Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes
Nick Jr. No Yes $ Yes No Yes No No Yes
Nicktoons Yes Yes $ $ No $ No No $
OWN Yes Yes No No No $ Yes No No
Oxygen No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paramount Network No Yes $ Yes No $ No No Yes
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) Hulu with Live TV ($45) DirecTV Now ($50) PS Vue ($50) YouTube TV ($50) Fubo TV ($55)
Science No Yes $ $ No $ Yes No $
SEC Network No No $ No Yes $ $ Yes No
Showtime No No $ $ $ $ $ $ $
Smithsonian No No No No Yes No $ Yes Yes
Starz No No $ $ No $ No $ No
Sundance TV Yes Yes $ $ No $ $ Yes Yes
Syfy No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tastemade No Yes No No No No $ Yes No
TBS Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TCM Yes No $ $ Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
Telemundo No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tennis Channel No No $ $ No $ $ Yes $
TLC Yes Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
TNT Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Travel Channel No Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
TruTV Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TV Land Yes Yes $ $ No $ No No Yes
Univision No No No No No $ No No Yes
USA Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VH1 Yes Yes $ $ No Yes No No Yes
Viceland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No Yes
WE tv Yes Yes $ $ No $ Yes Yes Yes
Weather Channel No No No No No $ No No No
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) Hulu with Live TV ($45) DirecTV Now ($50) PS Vue ($50) YouTube TV ($50) Fubo TV ($55)

Originally published Nov. 28, 2016.
Update, July 24, 2019: Adds the latest channels and pricing.

Cloud DVR

While most services offer a DVR, each one has slightly different restrictions on what can be recorded, when the recording will start, and whether commercials can be skipped.

RECORDING CAPACITY
DirecTV
20 Hours
fuboTV
30 Hours
500 Hr (+10)
Hulu
50 Hours
200 Hr (+15)
Philo
Unlimited
30 Days
PS Vue
Unlimited
28 Days
Sling TV (+$5)
50 Hours
YouTube TV
Unlimited
9 Months

Simultaneous Viewing

All of the services allow you to have at least 2 simultaneous viewers, with the exception of the Sling TV’s “Orange” $25 plan (it only allows a single stream).

Concurrent Devices
PS Vue 5 streams
Philo 3 streams
Sling “Orange 1 Stream
Sling “Blue” 3 streams
Sling “Orange + Blue” 4 Streams
YouTube 3 streams
DIRECTV 2 streams
fuboTV 2 streams
Hulu 2 streams

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