How to Cancel Cable & Keep your Favorite TV Shows

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The simple formula for canceling cable while keeping the shows you love: Streaming Services + Antenna + Video Streamer = Big $avings

Canceling Cable

Cancel Cable and still watch all your Favorite TV Shows, at a fraction of the cost, and on your TV in HD. 

With cable costs going up and the economy getting worse, canceling cable is the only thing that makes sense. But with all the Online TV Scams out there and all the different products to choose from, what’s the simplest and most cost-effective way to make the transition to Online TV?

STEP 1: Test your Internet speed

Without a fast enough internet connection, Streaming Videos will just not work. Your connection must provide a download speed of at least 2Mbps (Faster the Better).  To test the speed of your connection click here (Visualware).

If you find your Internet Speed is just not high enough or that many of your videos are buffering for longer than 1 min, then try these helpful tips:

Use a wired connection for more consistent speed. Wireless speeds could vary based on device, transfer speed and interference.

Make sure no other bandwidth intensive applications are running elsewhere on the network (i.e. video games, file sharing, Skype).

Lower the quality of your stream or try lowering the resolution on your display.

If nothing seems to work contact your Internet Service Provider to find out what it would cost to increase the speed.

STEP 2: Purchase a Video Streaming Device or dedicate a home PC to streaming video to your TV

You can now watch TV stations & movies through the internet on many different devices. The trick is figuring out which video streaming device makes the most sense for you.

Your options include a computer (Media Center PC), Gaming Consoles, OTA DVRs, Smart TVs, and basic Video Streamers.  Before you begin I suggest taking a step back and making a list of things you want out of this experience.

For example: if you are looking to utilize Hulu and Netflix, and you like Video Games then I suggest you look into PlayStation 4 Video Streaming (PS4). If you are only interested in Movies and television shows, and really do not need anything more, then the Roku is a great option.

If you already have a laptop that does not get much use, consider turning it into a Media Canter PC. It really depends on what is important to you. Read our Video Streaming Device Product Reviews to determine what best fits your needs.

STEP 3: Sign up for Streaming Video Services

With the launch of several new services that offer lost cost HD streaming (Sling TVHulu, Netflix, & Amazon Prime), we have reached the point where you no longer need a cable or satellite TV subscription to enjoy your favorite TV shows. Netflix and Hulu are the leaders, though Sling TV is quickly gaining ground.

Amazon is also making a valiant effort to catch up. Just like with Video Streaming Devices, you should make a list of shows that are important to you. Then figure out which services offer those shows. In short, you need to review your options and build a solution that works best for your needs.

I personally own an Outdoor Antenna and subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, and Hulu. 

Below is a comparison guide that will help you determine which of these services will best support your needs.

(Hulu vs Netflix vs Amazon VOD)

If you don’t know about Sling TV yet, I highly suggest you read “WHAT IS SLING TV? Flexibility, Premium Content, Live TV at a Price we Can Afford.”

In addition to these services, there are tons of Free Internet TV Stations that provide a wealth of content. Click here for a full list of Online TV Channels, most of which are free, and all of which are scam free.

STEP 4: Consider buying an Antenna 

With an indoor or outdoor Antenna, you can watch top Network channels like FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC and more in full HD for Free. This is called Over-the-Air (OTA) broadcasting. Imagine your favorite shows, live sporting events, and blockbuster movies all for free in HD on your TV.  All you need to do is buy the antenna, install it, and enjoy. With no monthly charge, an Antenna is the #1 Cable TV Alternative available.

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What questions do you have? Make sure to sound off in the comments section!

23 replies on “How to Cancel Cable & Keep your Favorite TV Shows

Yes I did a while back and it seemed clunky. I still haven't been able to find the website I was looking for, but it was nice in that you could list all the shows and it returned if and where to find it

Hi, the first step is to test internet speed, right? Which left me wondering, my internet is through my cable provider, do you have a page showing the best internet for the price providers?

Hi Sydnee! Yes first step is to test your speed. And yes you have uncovered the big issue here. How can i cancel cable, if my cable provider also provides my internet? Unfortunately, in a lot of circumstances, you cant. We all need internet. But you can immensely lower your cable bill but cutting out your cable tv service.

I dont have a page on the best internet providers, but that is a great idea. I am going to add that one to my list. Thanks Sydnee and please stay in touch. I want to know what additional questions you have.

Hi Dave, I have an AV receiver with 5-1 setup. My current cable box passes through the receiver via HDMI, then to the TV via HDMI which allows the sound to be played through my system. Is there a set top box that takes an OTA input and outputs it via HDMI? It looks like Hohu Channels will be the closest thing to what I'm looking for. Ideal would be a Roku or Apple TV with a coax input. I have to believe there are others with this issue.

Hey Don, MSNBC ESPN & Fox Sports can be watched online. Check out our Online TV Channels page for a direct links:

As for the Ed Show and Rachel Maddow, I would start by using a tool like to see what my options are. And you should also find out if these shows are broadcasted via major networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, or FOX. If they are, then you can use an antenna to get these shows in HD for Free.

Finally we got sports. Here is an article I recently posted that walks you step by step on how to watch College football without Cable:

Hope that helps!

I mainly watch MSNBC and then sports channels, like ESPN & Fox Sports Detroit. How can I "cut the cord" and still be able to see The Ed Show, The Rachel Maddow Show and all of the Tiger games?

Hi, I am new. Does anyone have a list of cable channels in my zip(13029) n.y., that I can access live? I know what I can get with ota, but looking to let my iPad (linked to tv) , play some cable channels. Thanx, Mickey

HI Mickey – please explain. How do you plan to link your Ipad to your TV? And if you are not asking about OTA channels, what channel listing are you referring too?

I found a website where you can list all of your favorite shows and it shows which services carries it (all in one shot). I can't seem to find this again. Is anyone familiar with this site?

What is the best method for getting OTA over multiple TVs? I have three
in my house and would like to completely cut the cable. However, I
really don’t want to have to buy three separate antennas unless I need
to do so. What would you recommend? If you could please help me out I
would appreciate it as I am now having to pay $25 for ‘Limited Basic’
and I just think that is too high even for that.

What is the best method for getting OTA over multiple TVs? I have three in my house and would like to completely cut the cable. However, I really don't want to have to buy three separate antennas unless I need to do so? What would you recommend. If you could please help me out I would appreciate it as I am now having to pay $25 for 'Limited Basic' and I just think that is too high even for that.

Living on the mexican border there are no over the air tv stations except one Mexican one. Will that Mohu Leaf still work for me?

Has anyone figured how to watch FaxNewsChannel LIVE without cable or satelite? I can only fine streems available after the segament has aired.

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