I’ve been a Hulu subscriber for awhile now, having tried both the free option and the paid version. I really enjoy how Hulu supplements my cord cutting with current programming from channels I can’t receive over air and with on demand and original programming. It’s well worth the $7.99 a month I pay for it, even with limited commercials. But is it worth another $4 a month to get rid of the ads? I can’t decide.
Having tried the free 1 month trial of Showtime via Hulu, I’m now hooked on this additional service. I pay an extra $8.99 for Showtime in addition to my monthly Hulu subscription. If I opt-in for the ad-free Hulu service then my bill will be about $21 a month instead of the $17 a pay now.
The best part of this new Hulu ad-free option is that if you decide to go for it and find you don’t like it, you can easily go into your Hulu account and switch back to your old ad-inclusive plan.
If you are an Amazonian who has Prime membership, you now have access to offline viewing of Prime streaming video content via the iOS and Android Amazon Video apps.
This new capability allows you to download movies or TV episodes available to Prime subscribers directly to your Android or iOS device with the app to view anytime – with or without an internet connection.
The only downside to this development is that when you download video content, it takes up significant space on your device.
For example, I downloaded an episode of Downton Abbey using the Amazon Video app. The program was 70 minutes long and it took up 1.1 GB of space on my iPad Air 2. The good news – after I watched the episode I easily deleted it from within the Amazon Video app to regain the previously lost storage space.
Sling TV has been offering its live TV streaming service for several months now, offering cord cutters a great way to obtain channels like ESPN, HGTV, TNT, TBS, Food Network and AMC, that were previously only available via a cable or satellite subscription.
At present 20 channels are available in the basic Best of Live TV package for $20 a month. Add-ons programming including HBO Now is also available for additional monthly fees.
Availability of Sling TV’s apps were limited initially, but as the service grows, so does its accessibility.
With any luck, other major networks will follow CBS’s lead and start offering more free streaming content. Giving football fans who are cord cutters gearing up for the 2015 NFL season even more ways to watch their favorite teams while scoring money saving deals over air and online.