Streaming Content

TV on the Internet and Streaming Movies
While I’ve stopped paying my cable company for HDTV service, I still pay for high-speed internet access which allows me to stream a wide variety of content to my HDTV and other devices connected to my home network. You’ll hear this referred to as Over-the-top video (OTT) since the streaming services ride on top of your existing internet network connection.

Here are some things to keep in mind to “level-set” your expectations:

  • Picture quality will vary depending on the source. I’ve found that most streaming content looks pretty decent to very good if I’m sitting 10-12′ from the TV.
  • Depending on the content and source, you may have to sit through commercials at marked intervals, or before your content plays.
  • You may have to wait for the content to buffer before it begins playing and sometimes mid-playback depending on network speed.
  • Plan on upgrading your home network to a Dual-Band “N” speed router for streaming over Wi-Fi.

FREE Streaming TV Content:

Service Content TV shows & Movies FREE TV shows & Movies FREE Various FREE
PBS TV shows and Documentaries: Arts & Entertainment, Health, History, Home Improvement, News, Science & Technology FREE
USA Network* TV Shows FREE
This Old House* Home Improvement FREE
Star Wars: The Clone Wars* Previews & Recent Episodes FREE
Network TV Websites* TV shows FREE

*Requires a computer with web browser. Select mobile devices can also stream web browser based content, or content via apps.

Subscription based Streaming TV & Movie Content:

Service Content  
Netflix TV shows & Movies $7.99/month
(1 month free trial)
Amazon Prime TV shows & Movies $79/year
(1 month free trial)
Hulu Plus TV shows & Movies $7.99/month
(1 week free trial)
Sling TV ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TNT, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel and more… $20/month
HBO Now Every episode of HBO original shows past and present & Movies $14.99/month
(1 month free trial)

Pay “À la carte” Streaming Content:

Service Content  
Apple iTunes TV shows & Movies Rent or Buy
Amazon Instant Video TV shows & Movies Rent or Buy
Google Play TV shows & Movies Starting at:
Vudu Movies Movies $2 for 2 Nights
YouTube Movies Movies Starting at:
Blockbuster On Demand TV shows & Movies Starting at:

Streaming Sports Content:
Local live sports streaming content is a challenge, and a good reason to start your cable cutting adventure by exploring an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna. Below is a list of Sports Streams to explore.

Service Content  
NFL Game Rewind NFL Football  
NHL GameCenter Live NHL Hockey  
NCAA Basketball March Madness  
UFC TV Mixed Martial Arts  
SPEEDTV Live Motorsports Streaming  
MLS MatchDay Live Soccer  

Special Interest Streaming Content:
Here are a few other good sources I’ve found for streaming TV content.

Service Content Automotive FREE Automotive FREE

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