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13 Free TV Apps

13 Free TV Apps
Have you saved money by cutting the cord in favor of free streaming options? Which apps are your favorites?

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My favorite is IMDb. I'm retired now and able to binge shows that I wasn't able to watch when I was working. I've watched all seasons of Parenthood, Boston Legal, and I'm watching The Office now. Some of these are also available on Prime which I've had for years. I'm paying $45/month for At&T fiber (very stable), and $20/month for Philo. No sports of local stations on there, so I have an antenna for local stations. I paid about $35.00 for the antenna from Amazon. I have Disney+ for my grandkids. Paying about 1/3 the cost of  my hideous Comcast  bill which was my highest utility.

I like CBS News app for free news updates. My man shares his Netflix plan with me. I pay $9.99/month for Spotify + Hulu. I saved $25 on HBO Max yearly renewal with my AMEX card. My brother and I share my Amazon Prime. Verizon Wireless has free six months with Disney and Discovery, but the previously mentioned are already plenty to juggle and watch!

Okay, we went all streaming a few months ago, using the Apple TV connection device. You do need a good connection hence the device or deal with a lower picture pixelization and inconsistent streaming. I requested that whatever I view would not be affected by the gamer in the house use of the internet. So we had to buy 2 Apple TV devices so that both Smart TV ( one Samsung and one Sony) had clear connection plus we had to upgrade our internet modem and get a WiFi booster to have clear signals throughout the apartment. It is amazing what affects connections when using WiFI streaming even if you are paying for a dedicated locked connection. Once we got that set up, as we had already done a list of shows we wanted to view both current and past episodes, we had to download on the Apple TV the apps for these shows—you would be surprised how many shows are limited to only certain apps. Some of the apps we already had subscriptions to—Netflix, Disney plus, HBO max, Paramount plus but we had to add Hulu to get some shows for current episodes for other channels. But to see current shows on CW, you need that app. We have Prime Video also because of Prime membership. In switching to streaming, you do have to choose whether you want to see current episodes or wait sometimes a year to see the new season. For my constantly viewed shows, I wanted to see the current season with a minor delay ( no more than a few days) versus waiting for the season, hence the need for Hulu and Paramount plus. But we didn’t get all the paid apps without commercials only the apps that included all the past seasons for the shows like Paramount plus. We did give up watching certain channels like Epix in which we watched only a few shows. The big difference I see from switching to streaming is the quality of the connection but unless you only watch by binging shows you will run out of things to watch if you only download one streaming app. Okay I now have the ability to watch in every internet connected device ( we have 2 phones, 2 computers and 2 TV) most of the viewing is done on the TV, with no lag even when the gamer in the house is playing. Cost is lower than the cable ( we had FIOS cable now just FIOS internet) but still not as cheap as everyone boasts.

A few subscription-based services can add up fast to be as much or more than cable. I'm not into that. For me, it's the free over-the-air channels paired with YouTube. Pluto TV is nice for some background TV noise every and-and-then, too.

I personally don't pay for any TV services. Others in our household pay for Netflix and basic Hulu. And our families might have shared their passwords for things like Disney+ and HBO. 😉

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