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Live Streaming Options for 2019

As more and more television viewers cut their cable cords and opt instead for streaming, more cable companies and networks have come to terms with the fact that they need to diversify to get with the times. And, as a certain salesman of wacky tube men once said, they’re passing the savings on to you. There’s all sorts of options for live streaming television, both in regards to services and the platforms you watch them on.

For the sake of example, let’s say you want to watch the Grammys. I mean, they were on last night, but let’s say… hypothetical past you wanted to live stream them. I guess. Er, anyway, CBS, the channel that ran them, offers their own streaming channel, CBS All-Access, which runs you six bucks a month for streaming with ads and ten bucks for streaming without. Now, who offers CBS All-Access? All-Access can be, well, accessed via services like DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation View. Any one of those platforms (with the right combination of streaming subscriptions) could theoretically stream the Grammys for you with just an internet connection, no cable required.

That’s just a small fraction of the options available now, and even then, just for a hypothetical Grammys-viewing. While you couldn’t watch the Grammys on them, services like Sling TV and Pluto TV offer all sorts of free and paid content through their own private networks, and many of these services can be accessed through devices like Roku, Amazon Fire, and even some game consoles. Forget the dumb cable bundle; the internet’s all you need for all your viewing pleasures.