Everything You Need to Know About Streaming Video

From Hulu to Vudu, we break down the most popular video streaming options, and what you can expect from each.
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If you're a prospective cord-cutter, you probably want to keep your entertainment without forking over lots of cash to the cable company every month. Fortunately, a number of online video-streaming subscriptions are available now, offering more content than you'll ever have time to watch.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about streaming video, so you can pick out the best video streaming services for you.

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Where to Watch Free Movies and TV Shows Online

Consumers used to rely heavily on cable and premium networks for home entertainment, but these aren't your only options now. Internet streaming services are prolific, and most come with a monthly charge that may or may not be budget-friendly. But not all of them cost money — in fact, there are plenty of places to watch free movies and TV shows online, including the following:

  • Vudu

  • Crackle

  • YouTube

Live TV streaming starts at $20 a month and increases from there, depending on the networks you want to watch.

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What Are the Best Live TV Streaming Services?

Cutting the cable cord can also mean cutting out your ability to watch live TV, unless you have a digital TV antenna. However, if you're looking at streaming service subscriptions, know that some let you access live TV for around $20 to $55 a month.

Check out the best live TV streaming services and how much they cost — odds are, it's still cheaper than cable.

The Top Live TV Streaming Services

Service Monthly Base Price
Hulu + Live TV $54.99
Philo $20
Sling TV $30
YouTube TV $49.99

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All the Top Video Streaming Services, Compared

With all the video streaming services out there, trying to pick the ones you want can be a daunting task. And subscribing to them all can cost you more than sticking with traditional cable!

Not all streaming services are created equal, but odds are there's one that'll suit your needs pretty well, if not perfectly. Check out all the top streaming services to find the ones that are best for your tastes.

While a streaming service may seem cheap up front, add-ons can really push the cost up.

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7 Ways to Get Free HBO

HBO has long been known for their high-quality content. Even though Game of Thrones is over now, the premium network still features enticing TV offerings, including The Outsider and Westworld. And it has popular movies, like A Star Is Born and John Wick: Chapter 3.

While you might not be able to watch HBO for free indefinitely, there are a number of ways to try HBO out for free or get it at a discount. Either way, it's a good way to test the waters and see if you want to make HBO one of your permanent entertainment subscriptions.

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What Streaming Box Is Right for You?

If you're shopping for a streaming media player, know that you have lots of options — and most of them are good ones. That can make picking the right streaming box tough. But whatever your needs are, you can find some streaming boxes that shine.

Here's a rundown of the best streaming boxes on the market, and what to consider before buying one.

You can pick up a basic HD streaming player for $30 without even hunting for sales. But if you wait for a sale, you can get a player for half that.

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When Is Netflix Raising Prices Again?

In the last six years, there have been four Netflix price hikes. The most recent Netflix increase occurred in early 2019. Now that it's about a year later, customers are wondering if prices are about to jump again.

Read on for a rundown of the streaming service, and learn whether you can expect a Netflix rate increase in 2020.

Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

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