You’ve had it with cable, and you’re ready to cut the cord. You can live without most channels, but you can't live without Fox News or Sunday Night Baseball. How much will streaming those programs cost you? We lay out your options so you can decide if cutting the cord is worth it for you.

Cutting out cable will cost you less up front, but the cost of subscribing to multiple streaming services could add up.

The biggest advantage of cutting the cord is that it will cost you less up front. Cable and satellite companies charge a hefty monthly fee for access to their content, and it can add up—especially if you have multiple TVs in your home or a big family.

The average American pays about $100 per month for cable TV, according to Leichtman Research Group's annual survey. If you're paying more than that, it may be time to consider alternatives like Netflix and Hulu Plus. In fact, some households spend even more than $100 on entertainment each month! A streaming service will run between $10-$15 per month depending on which one you choose, so overall this option is significantly cheaper than cable when all else is equal (which it usually isn't).

What’s the average cable bill?

If you're paying $200/month for TV, there's a good chance that you're also paying for Internet service and a phone line. In fact, if the average cable bill is $100/month and the average phone bill is $40/month, then just about everyone who has cable also has Internet and a phone line. The total average cost of all three services combined comes out to around $350 per month—that's more than half of what many people pay for rent!

Entertainment streaming services offer another way to cut your costs without giving up on entertainment altogether. They provide access to thousands of hours' worth of programming that can be viewed on any device (or no device at all), so they've become increasingly popular in recent years.

What about other streaming services?

If you’re already a subscriber to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video or HBO Now, you might want to stick with those services. The biggest benefit is that you’ll have access to their large catalogs of content at little or no cost (depending on your subscription). But if you don’t subscribe to any of these platforms and are just looking for something new, then there are some other great options out there.

Some streaming services offer free trials so you can try before you buy: CBS All Access offers one month for free when signing up; ESPN+ gives users 50 hours of live sports programming for $4.99 per month; and HBO Now lets viewers stream its content without paying anything at all on their first month as long as they sign up through Apple TV or Android devices — and even allows them 2-3 days after their trial ends before requiring payment information from new customers!

Many broadcasters also offer discounted rates for students ($5-$10/month) and seniors ($8-$15/month). And if watching sports is important — be it football games or tennis tournaments — then check out fuboTV's sport pass where subscribers get access to Fox Sports 1-3 along with regional networks like NBCSN across two screens simultaneously via Chromecast support plus 60 hours per week worth of highlight shows that feature highlights from each sport played at home stadiums across North America (iHeartRadio will also launch its own app later this year!).

How much does it cost to stream live TV?

So, how much does it cost to stream live TV?

It depends on which streaming service you decide to go with (and how many channels you want). If you want all the networks, your bill could be around $50 a month. If you want premium channels like HBO or Cinemax, then expect your bill to jump up considerably — in some cases as high as $100 or more per month!

Cable companies don’t give out their prices without a commitment. But if we were to guess based on the average cable bill at $100 per month for about 200 channels of content and equipment rental fees for set top boxes and DVRs (which can run up to an additional $10 per month), then that would come out to about $1,200 annually!

How much do you pay for Netflix?

The second reason is money. When you compare cable to streaming, the cost of paying for both can add up quickly. For example, let’s say you have cable and Netflix. If you were to bundle your services together in a package with your cable provider, it would typically cost around $100 per month. With this bundle of internet and television service, not only are you paying for Internet access but also dozens of channels that may or may not interest you.

If instead of having a bundled package from your provider, you had each service separately:

  • Netflix costs $8.99-11.99 per month depending on whether or not it's HD or Ultra HD
  • Internet access costs around $50-$80 per month (depending on which provider)

Is there a way to stream sports without paying for cable?

If you're a sports fan, there are ways to stream sports without paying for cable.

  • Sites like ESPN3 and NBC Sports Live Extra will offer live broadcasts of select games at no additional cost. If your internet connection can handle it, these sites will let you watch the game on your computer or mobile phone with an app that works on most devices.
  • Most major cable providers offer streaming service apps for multiple platforms. If you subscribe to one of these services, you'll have access to their full lineup of channels through their app on any device with an internet connection (or via certain set-top boxes).
  • Major networks also have their own streaming services that provide access to some live events and past seasons' episodes from most major leagues and conferences as well as college basketball tournaments like March Madness. For example, CBS All Access provides streamers access to its live linear channel along with its growing library of classic TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy; while ESPN+ offers both live streams of sporting events as well as replays of games previously shown on linear networks like ABC/ESPN2 (during football season), Fox Sports 1 & 2 (during baseball season), NBCSN & Golf Channel during NASCAR race weekends—even if they occurred earlier in the day!

Do I have to subscribe to multiple streaming services to get everything I want?

While it's true that streaming services have tons of content and new movies, TV shows and more are added all the time, there's a lot of overlap between them. There are many different services out there—and each one has its own specialty. For example, Netflix has original series like Stranger Things and movie franchises like The Matrix. Hulu features original shows from NBCUniversal (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as well as older titles from networks like Fox and ABC. Amazon Prime Video will let you stream popular HBO shows like Game of Thrones or Westworld for free if you're already paying for a Prime membership; otherwise they'll run you $9 per month on their own! Some services even let you subscribe to individual channels if what they offer is important to your viewing habits; HBO Now offers HBO programming (including all episodes) for just $15 per month while Showtime Anytime offers live TV along with access to current seasons of their original series (like Homeland) at $11 per month.*It's also worth noting that some cable providers will provide their own streaming service options, so check with them before cutting any cords!


We know that deciding what to watch, and how to watch it, can be difficult. This is especially true if you’re trying to balance a budget while also getting the most out of your entertainment dollars. But as this blog post has shown, comparing streaming prices can be complicated by the very nature of how they work—and the fact that services constantly change their offerings in response to consumer demand. In other words: The best thing you can do when choosing whether or not to cut the cord on your cable subscription is research your options (or take a class; we’ll help!). Luckily for you, we’ve done some legwork already.

May 20, 2022

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