How to Watch Live TV Over the Internet

Want to quit cable and save big money by watching your favorite TV online? Fortunately for you, there are heaps of ways to do that. By switching to online streaming, you can now watch channels and hit series that used to be bound in your cable subscription, with only a small monthly fee without any contract or equipment rentals. You can also say goodbye to inefficient customer service.

It’s called cord cutting. But making this move will really depend on your preferences and watching habits. If you are only interested in specific channels, there are standalone subscriptions for that, so you don’t have to pay all the other stuff you don’t really watch. So what are your options?


1. Cable Replacement

If you like live TV, these are for you. Here are streaming programs that work just like cable and satellite subscriptions that offer a variety of familiar channels. Except, you watch them over the internet rather than satellite signals.

Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are the most popular of these services, and they are in the same price range. With Sling TV, you can watch sports channels like ESPN as well as HBO and Cartoon Network. While PlayStation Vue offers ESPN, Fox News, Fox Sports Channels, Nickelodeon, HBO, Showtime, TNT, Disney, and a host of other popular channels. YouTube TV is fairly new as well as Hulu with Live TV. There is also DirectTV Now which includes channels like E!, TBS, USA Network, and all your favorite Sports channels.

Cable Replacement Services
Service Name
Number of Channels Premium Add-ons
Sling TV
Watch up to 150+ channels. Offers A La Carte service to only pick the channels you want. HBO, STARZ,  Cinemax, Showtime, Epix
PlayStation Vue
They offer basic packages with 50+ channels up to 120+ channels. HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Epix, NFL Redzone
DirectTV Now
They offer basic packages with 60+ channels up to 120+ channels. HBO, STARZ, Cinemax, Showtime
Hulu with Live TV
Watch 50+ channels. HBO, Cinemax, Showtime
YouTube TV
Watch 40+ channels. Showtime

All these services have lots of great channels available, and you can watch them in real time. They are the most complete TV replacement you can get, and they are less expensive than cable.

2. Cable Subscribers

If you still want to keep your cable service, you can also watch live TV online with services like Slingbox, TiVo, or Verizon among other providers. These will let you stream the content from your TV to your mobile device or laptop.

3. Network Subscriptions

There are also stand-alone network subscriptions that let you stream live TV online, and they are on-demand. Which means, you just watch them when you want to.

There is the CBS All Access which comes at a very low price and is one of the few networks that went completely streaming, offering access to both live TV and recorded programs. It’s new but very promising, and they are aiming to broadcast the upcoming Star Trek Series exclusively.

In line with this, other premium channels quickly adopted the strategy including HBO Now, Showtime, and Starz.

4. Live News

You can still get your live news over the internet. There are lots of local news programs on various broadcasting networks that play for free online. This includes Fox 5 News just to name one. Go to their website and find the news section. You will immediately see if they offer live streaming of their news programs.

5. Sports

Almost all major sports organization in the US have their own streaming services. There is the that you pay per season and the NFL Game Pass that shows you prerecorded games. It’s simple to sign up for a streaming sports service. Simply visit your favorite sports league website and click on the Streaming or Watch Online option. Prices will vary depending on how many games you would like to watch. You can even watch big games like the Super Bowl.

6. Streaming Devices

There are devices specially built for you to transition to full-time streaming. There is the Roku Premiere with thousands of available channels and Apple TV which includes a streaming box that also integrates music and gaming. Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast Ultra are also great alternatives.

7. Streaming Services

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and HULU are some of the best streaming services. You can sign up for a single user on Netflix or include family members so you can watch simultaneously. The great thing about these three is that they offer some original shows you won’t find elsewhere.

If you’re thinking about cord cutting, or simply wanted to know how to watch live TV over the internet, hopefully, this article provided some guidance.

Any other services that provide streaming Live TV that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.