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cutting the cord

Cutting the Cord: Apps That Allow You to Ditch Cable

If the future of television is apps, then these apps are the future of channels. Cutting the cord has never felt so good.

Netflix

The quintessential app for binge-watching

Netflix

The best

For anyone who want to catch up on popular telelvision series and movies.

Everyone has heard of Netflix — it's the leading Internet streaming service for most of the hot shows and movies that you can't miss. A subscription for streaming starts at just $7.99 a month, with some pricier options if you have a 4K television and want higher quality streams. You can even go above that and get the DVD/Blu-Ray rental too, but it's optional. Netflix streaming has a lot of popular shows as well as original series that are worth watching. Plus, you can always find a decent movie to watch when it's movie night.

Why we love it

Netflix is the best way to pass the time as you binge-watch on original series or catch up on movies.

HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more

Watch Game of Thrones without a cable subscription

HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more

Watch Every HBO Show

For anyone who has wanted to watch HBO shows and movies without paying for cable.

HBO Now is a standalone HBO subscription service that lets you access all of HBO's content without a cable subscription. You'll get full episodes of hot shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley, as well as whatever movies are in rotation for the month. If you're a sports fan, you can also view boxing matches and never miss out on the action. Additionally, there are extras and bonuses in HBO NOW (and GO for cable susbcribers) that let you get inside looks on your favorite shows.

Why we love it

We love HBO shows, but it has always been too expensive for a cable subscription as well as HBO, since it is a premium channel. Now you can cut the cord with cable television and just have HBO by itself. What more do you need?

STARZ

Get Big Entertainment Without Cable

STARZ

Entertainment your way

For anyone who enjoys STARZ programming.

STARZ is a premium cable channel that now has their own standalone app. You can use the app with a cable subscription or just subscribe through the app itself. You'll get full access to the STARZ library, which includes some interesting original content, full-length movies, and even full downloads so you can watch anything without having a data connection. New content is added every week, so you're guaranteed to find something fresh and exciting each time you check the app.

Why we love it

STARZ is home to some great original series and movies, so we love being able to access the content without necessarily having a cable subscription, even though the app works with that too. Plus full downloads is a rather nice feature that the other services don't offer.

SHOWTIME

Get Showtime, no cable subscription required

SHOWTIME

It's Showtime

For those who have wanted access to Showtime but never wanted cable.

With a Showtime app subscription, users gain access to the entire library of Showtime original series, including "Homeland," "Shameless," "Dexter," and much more. You also can watch whatever movies are in the programming block for the month, as well as interesting documentaries and hilarious comedy specials. If you're a sports fan, you can even get boxing matches too. The Showtime Apple TV app includes live streaming and on-demand capability, so you can choose which works for you. The subscription is $10.99 a month, but the first 30 days are free.

Why we love it

Showtime has a lot of great programing, and now you can get access to all of it without having a cable subscription.

Sling TV – Live and On Demand

Watch live TV or on-demand shows on Apple TV with an easy-to-use app containing tons of options.

Sling TV – Live and On Demand

My TV

For those looking for an alternative to standard television services.

Sling TV is a solid option for watching the shows, sporting events, and channels you love on your iPhone or iPad. But, now you can check out Sling TV for your Apple TV making your favorite live television and on-demand shows only a click away.

Why we love it

Sling TV on Apple TV is a great alternative to traditional television services. The app is clean, crisp, and simple to use. The channel and show options are extensive with something for everyone in the house.

Hulu: Watch TV Shows & Stream the Latest Movies

Get caught up with this popular streaming service

Hulu: Watch TV Shows & Stream the Latest Movies

All of your favorites

For those who want to catch up on their current television shows.

With Hulu, users are able to watch new episodes just a day or two after they air on television. If you subscribe, you can get new episodes faster, as well as have a larger library available for your viewing pleasure. There are also several tiers of subscriptions, in case you don't want ads while watching your shows, so you'll have to pay up for that covenience. The collection of shows and movies on Hulu is pretty vast, and more content gets added every day due to licensing agreements and contracts ending with other services (such as Netflix). If you have Hulu and another service, then you're pretty much set.

Why we love it

Hulu has a ton of content with more additions added daily. New episodes get added in a timely manner so you are never too behind, and there are some nice original series.

Red Bull TV

Are you Feeling Adventurous?

Red Bull TV

No Bull or Cost

For anyone looking for lots of adventure.

Here you'll find exclusive video from globetrotting adventurers, new music and entertainment from trendsetting artists, and live events featuring top athletes from around the world. Find your inspiration in the world of Red Bull.

Why we love it

Red Bull TV is like one large ad, for better or worse.

NOGGIN - Preschool Shows & Educational Kids Videos

Blue, Franklin, and Little Bear are waiting for you to take a spin on Apple TV

NOGGIN - Preschool Shows & Educational Kids Videos

Pick a show and go

For those who want their preschoolers to have their favorite shows at hand.

With Noggin – Preschool shows and educational videos for kids your little ones can enjoy their favorites all in one spot. From “Backyardigans” and “Blue’s Clues” to “Oswald” and “Pocoyo,” the app has over 15 shows to choose from with new videos added weekly. So, if your preschooler would love to see Moose and Zee guide them through a colorful app full of enjoyable and educational shows, check it out on Apple TV.

Why we love it

Noggin – Preschool shows and educational videos for kids offers over 15 favorites with new videos added each week. So, for all those great shows in one location, pop up the app on Apple TV and enjoy a few with your kids.

CBS Full Episodes and Live TV

Catch your favorite sitcoms and dramas

CBS Full Episodes and Live TV

Get the shows you love

For those who love watching CBS shows and broadcasts.

With a subscription to CBS All Access, you'll get unlimited access to your favorite shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, Limitless, and more. You'll be able to live stream the CBS channel whenever you want so you never miss a thing, and catch up on episodes you've missed. If you're a big fan of the programming on CBS, then getting a subscription to this is worth looking into.

Why we love it

The app lets you get access to your favorite CBS shows, and you can catch up whenever you have some spare time.

Mickey Video

Get your Mickey fix

Mickey Video

All Mickey, All the Time

For anyone who likes Mickey Mouse and his friends.

You probably had no idea just how long Mickey Mouse has been around. This incredible app features the newest Mickey shorts and Disney classics like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," remixed cartoons ("Re-Micks"), YouTube favorites, and more. Great for children and adults alike.

Why we love it

For true Mickey Mouse aficionados, this app was created just for you.

Tubi TV - Watch Free Movies & TV Shows

Check out flicks for free on your Apple TV.

Tubi TV - Watch Free Movies & TV Shows

Browse by category

For those who enjoy watching movies and do not subscribe to a paid film service.

Tubi TV is easy to use and has a wonderful variety of movies as well as TV shows. The options are categorized nicely so that not only can you see movies not on Netflix, but you can browse through comedies, dramas, thrillers, action adventures, and more. With new shows added all the time, Tubi TV is a great movie app for Apple TV.

Why we love it

Tubi TV has a great variety of movies and shows for every taste and everyone in the house. Check out a new flick for family or date night with this free movie app.

UFC ®

Fight Club Time

UFC ®

UFC ®

For those who are obsessed with the UFC.

The UFC app offers premium content for a premium price. You can purchase an annual, six-month, or monthly subscriptions. ​

Why we love it

It's the only place to go for premium UFC content. Want it? Make your payment.

PlayStation Vue

A great live TV alternative

PlayStation Vue

Welcome home

For any Apple TV user looking to cut the cord once and for all.

Monthly subscriptions start at $29.99 or $39.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami. The top-of-the-line package featuring all 90 channels plus premium content from HBO and Showtime is $74.99 per month. Football fans can also add NFL RedZone for extra. You can sign-up for a free, seven-day trial to start.

Why we love it

For anyone with an Apple TV, PlayStation Cue should be on the top of your list if you're looking for a streaming service with TV content. The app is well designed and easy to navigate. Add in the cloud DVR feature, and its a true replacement for the cable company - especially if local channels are available in your area. The ability to access content on any iOS device is another major plus.

WWE

WWE Now

WWE

All the action

WWE fans will love this official app of the league.

You’ll also be able to explore sports-entertainment’s most comprehensive video-on-demand library, featuring every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view ever – uncut and uncensored – plus, classic matches and replays of Raw and SmackDown episodes from 2012 and 2013.

Why we love it

There's an official Apple TV app for everything, so we aren't surprised to see this one from WWE launch. If you like this type of entertainment, you're in for a real treat.

Acorn TV - The Best British TV

British Apple TV

Acorn TV - The Best British TV

Lots of categories

No matter where you are, British TV. ​

Each new user receives a free 30-day trial. Your Acorn TV Membership subscription will automatically renew at $6.99 US each month, billed through your iTunes account. It's risk-free because you can cancel at any time by turning off auto-renew in your iTunes account settings.

Why we love it

We really like British TV and this allows us to dig even deeper into the genre. Mysteries, dramas, and comedies are just different with a British accent attached.

Smithsonian Earth

Nature never looked so good

Smithsonian Earth

Explore the options

Nature lovers will adore this free app from Smithsonian.

For those who live the great outdoors even when inside, this is the app for you. Featuring free and commercial-free videos, Smithsonian Earth is continuously updated to bring you the best that nature and wildlife has to offer.

Why we love it

There are plenty of free video apps on the App Store. Few, however, offer commerical-free videos.

BingeWatch for Reddit - Video client for YouTube and Reddit

Watch Reddit videos from a new perspective

BingeWatch for Reddit - Video client for YouTube and Reddit

Check out Subreddits

For those who like to watch videos on Reddit and YouTube.

If you frequent Reddit or YouTube, then you know that the experience of watching a ton of videos can be an annoying one. BingeWatch for Reddit lets you binge-watch a lot of interesting video content from both Reddit and YouTube in a seamless and fun way. You can check out videos from subreddits, what is popular, or even look for specific topics. It's a great way to catch up on video content from Reddit.

Why we love it

Reddit can be filled with a ton of interesting discussions and links, and watching videos from the forums have never been easier thanks to this app.

BitTorrent Live

Free OTT Programming

BitTorrent Live

BitTorrent Live

For those seeking an alternative view of the stories shaping the world around them.

With new channels added weekly, BitTorrent Live is the place to go for interesting takes on what's going on in this crazy world. Come back often and see what develops.

Why we love it

Fresh is a great word for the type of programming here. If you're looking for something new, this is the place to be.

Crackle - Movies & TV

Crackle keeps you entertained at no cost

Crackle - Movies & TV

Browse movies and TV shows

For those who want some television and movies to watch without paying anything.

Crackle is the leading free app that gives you a huge variety of options to choose from each month. There are no hidden fees to use the app, and you get plenty of different television shows and movies to watch, with rotating content every month. This is a great way to catch up on favorites, discover new shows and movies, and just pass the time. Crackle has television, movies, and even anime, so there is something for everyone here.

Why we love it

Crackle gives us a lot of options for video streaming entertainment.

TV CLASSICS

The app for when you need the classics

TV CLASSICS

Old school comes to Apple TV

For those who like to watch classic TV shows and movies.

Free TV Classics is a great app if you or someone in your family is a fan of classic television. All of the content in Free TV Classics is available through public domain, so there's a nice trove of treasures to be found here. An Internet connection is always required, but the app includes favorites like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Three Stooges," and more. With such great hits available for free, it's the perfect time to catch up on your favorites or discover how different TV was back then compared to now.

Why we love it

Classic TV shows have always been a favorite, and this is a great way to experience the ones that are available on public domain.

Yahoo — Watch free live concerts, sports, video clips, and more!

The Yahoo app has it all

Yahoo — Watch free live concerts, sports, video clips, and more!

Categories and channels

For anyone who wants to watch live concerts, sporting events, or just get some video clips.

Yahoo is a media giant, and their Apple TV app lets you catch up on things you may have missed. With the Yahoo Apple TV app, users are able to watch live concerts for free, check out sporting events, and just get video clips from all over the Internet. It is a pretty basic app but it lets you catch up on those events you've missed.

Why we love it

Yahoo keeps everything organized in a neat fashion so it is easy to find what you're looking for. This is a good way to catch up on sporting events, news, get viral videos, and even watch concerts for free.