Before you begin Cutting the Cable Cord, you need to figure out how you can still access the shows you want, whether live or on demand. Unfortunately, each network does things differently so it can be really difficult to do this. So I’m putting together this guide to provide information on where you can find some of the most popular TV programming if you cancel your cable or satellite subscription.
Before I list the individual networks, here are some global things to consider as you’re determining whether or not you can cut the cord and keep your shows.
You may be able to watch shows from ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, NBC, Univision and other over-the-air broadcasters by using an internal or external antenna.
Third-Party Content Providers: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus
A lot of the most popular TV shows are available on demand through one or more of these popular providers of streaming content. If so, you can then watch your shows through a streaming media player that supports those providers.
Watching Shows from Websites on Your TV
If the above options don’t work, most networks have a good selection of episodes on their own websites. There are different ways to get these from your computer or mobile device to your TV, including using PlayOn software or by display mirroring.
This is a short list to start, with just the networks I’m most often asked about and links to find out more. I’ll continue to add on to the list over time. If a network you’re looking for is not on the list, add a comment and I’ll add it when I get a chance. If you have info you’d like to share with others, please add a comment about it as well and I’ll incorporate it into the post.
Networks are listed in alphabetical order.
Live programming available via antenna only applies if you can access the signals where you are.
Available through PlayOn means you need to purchase PlayOn software and install it on your computer.