Track all the costs associated with cord-cutting with this cool TV Streaming Subscriptions Tracker.
It’s pretty much a given, cord-cutting has a lot of great benefits. Like watching TV on your schedule, choosing from a long list of apps. And streaming TV services which offer content at a more affordable price than cable TV or satellite.
But cord-cutting can also get expensive. Especially if one goes a little too crazy and starts signing up for too many channels, apps and services at once.
TV Streaming Subscriptions Tracker To The Rescue
If your monthly credit card bill is high and you don’t know why, use this handy spreadsheet tool one of our cord-cutting members built. We teamed it by adding common streaming TV services and added hyperlinks to visit their website. And this tool will show you without a doubt what it costs every month to be a cord-cutter. Or not!
How to Use the Tracker App
You can’t edit the spreadsheet until you make your own copy. To do so click on the File Menu inside the spreadsheet. (Top left corner of the page.)
Then click Make a Copy of the TV Streaming Subscriptions Tracker which will save it to your Google Drive account. If you don’t have a Drive account click here to create one with Gmail.
Then after its been saved, you can edit the tracker to show only which services you subscribe to add the cost per month. Or multiply the monthly fee X 12 and see the annual price.
This will then give you a good idea of the costs involved to cut the cord vs what you may be paying now with cable or satellite TV.
Click the orange button below to get your copy of the Streaming TV Subscriptions Tracker:
Once you saved the subscription tracker, click any of the names to check out, subscribe or cancel that service. Add in any other non-streaming related subscriptions like monthly broadband, power or phone bills you would like to track. Be sure to delete the costs of any service not subscribed to.
This is a great tool to manage your budget and let you know exactly where your money is being spent every month.
Fubo TV Adds Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central. And 16 other popular entertainment channels to their popular Live Streaming Service!
Now that Fubo TV has Added Viacom They Are One of The Top Live Streaming Services
Always known for the largest selection of both local and international sports channel. Fubo TV now has many more entertainment channels than most all other live streaming TV providers. With the addition of Viacom, the entertainment selection on Fubo TV keeps getting even better.
If you love Sports, this package of channels rocks like no other. And is a must add. It can be added to their basic channel package above to give you one of the most complete live sports streaming TV service available .
The Fubo TV Sports Package costs an extra $8.99/month and here are the channels included:
FNTSY Sports Network
Fox College Sports (Includes 3 channels)
Gol TV English
Gol TV Spanish
Pac 12 Network (Includes 5 channels)
Stadium (4 channels also included with the Extra Package)
These are the channels for outdoor enthusiasts. They include a nice mix of hunting, motorsport and fishing channels.
This package costs an extra $4.99/month and comes with these channels:
If you are looking for a great package of live TV channels for much less than cable TV or satellite. Give Fubo TV a try for 7/days. You can even add their awesome cloud DVR. And this lets you skip commercials and record all your favorite sports, movies, and TV shows.
By the end of this year, 33% of U.S. households will be cable TV free!
Cord-cutters have voted with their wallets and determined that streaming TV from the Internet is a much better deal. And skinny bundles from cable TV provider while cheaper, still don’t offer enough value to make up the difference.
2020 will be an interesting year for cord cutting. Disney will have its new service up and running. And for the first time cord cutters and cord nevers will outnumber cable TV subscribers,
How Did We Get Here?
The cord-cutting revolution began in earnest around 2010. What began as a trickle of dissatisfaction with cable TV turned into a torrent. And once a huge monopoly, the cable TV industry has slowly been brought to their knees. Faster Internet broadband speeds helped bring about this change. As did the invention of low-cost media streamers like the Roku and Fire TV.
Cable TV and satellite customers discovered they could save a bundle of cash every month. Simply by cutting the cord and by changing the way they watched TV. And from that moment on it was game over for big cable.
Best Media Players For Cord-Cutters
Today cord cutters have three good choices when it comes to popular media streamers.
3. Nvidia SHIELDs also remains a popular option for many due to its incredible performance. It can be used for not only watching movies and TV shows but also used to play Android games or as an emulator for many other legacy game boxes. It runs Plex and Kodi perfectly. Best SHIELD Model: Nvidia SHIELD TV Gaming Edition
Best On-Demand Streaming Services for Cord-Cutters
1. Netflix continues to be the number one most subscribed streaming TV service. They have a mind-boggling amount of content which includes many original TV shows. They are a binge watchers delight and it will take a long time to run out of great shows to watch. Here are the top 100 shows and new movies streaming on Netflix.
2. Amazon Prime Video is also catching up also with a lot of great on-demand TV series. Prime video is included, with an annual prime subscription which also included free shipping on a lot of items purchased on Amazon. Plus other perks like Amazon Music and Audiobooks. Try Prime for One Month Free!
3. Hulu has also been getting better. Especially since when many of the others raised their prices recently, Hulu has tried hard to keep their cost down and even offered an incredible deal earlier this year for new subscribers. They offer a lot more current shows that can be viewed typically the next day. Or with a few shows a week later. Check out the Top Nine Shows and Movies Playing on Hulu.
Live Streaming For Cord-Cutters
While many cord cutters are perfectly content to give up Live TV. Some still need to watch their favorite shows or sports. And there are also plenty of options available.
With popular subscription Live Streaming TV services like Philo, PS Vue, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and YouTube TV which can be had for much less than the cost of cable TV or Satellite. Most all these also include a cloud DVR so you can still skip commercials and binge watch your favorite shows.
Then there is also the dark side of streaming TV with live IPTV channels which can be found from various free and paid services on the net.
Watch FREE TV From An Antenna
The humble TV antenna is still working to watch some great network HD channels for free.
Once you have committed to cutting the cord, it may take a while to develop new habits. The good news is there is no right or wrong approach.
With so many options available, no matter which streaming TV services one uses. The overall volume and quality of content will be much better than what cable TV providers can offer.
Being able to choose what and when to watch from a huge library of content is pretty amazing in itself. And paying even less for this privilege make it even better.
More Resources for Cord-Cutters
Check our footer on the bottom of this page for links to some really great cord-cutting groups we started. These are excellent resources for helpful tips, new channels, and apps, streaming TV services plus much more.
Hang out with us and other friendly cord-cutters who all enjoy the awesome benefits cutting the cord has to offer.
Once you’ve made the decision to be free of big cable and their constant commercials, price increases and poor customer service. You will enjoy watching TV in an entirely new way.
In the end, it will not only save you money. It will make you much happier as well. Peace and love and please don’t forget to share!
Google and Amazon finally buried the hatchet and are once again supporting each other’s devices.
The good news for Amazon Fire TV owners is they will no longer be forced to use a Web Browser workaround to view content on YouTube.
Amazon Video Comes to Chromecast and Android TV
Amazon is also getting something out of the deal. And now their Amazon Prime Video app, which also lets users access free content through IMDb FREEDIVE will be added to Chromecast and Android TV.
Even though the SHIELD TV did already support Amazon Prime Video. Other Android TV boxes mainly the Mi Box was left out.
This news should make Mi Box owners very happy!
We still recommend skipping the Mi Box if you can afford it and go straight for an Nvidia SHIELD. Because Xiaomi updates the Mi Box streamer nowhere nearly as much as Nvidia does.
YouTube TV Now an Option for Fire TV
Even though YouTube could be watched in a roundabout way. YouTube TV the Live TV service from Google could not be watched on the Fire TV.
Although with the latest 43% price increase, many YouTube TV customers are outraged! Read more
Prime Video Interface Still Needs Some Work
Now that the feud with Google is behind them, maybe Amazon can spend some extra effort on improving their UI. Because quite frankly, it’s a bit of a mess.
Having free content mixed in with paid content is confusing at best. Amazon should take some tips from Netflix and offer an easier to navigate app across all their platforms.
Google and Amazon Both End Up Winning in the End
In the end both sides have much to gain with this tiff finally over. Amazon gains access to more customers on the Chromecast and Android TV platforms.
While their own customers can now enjoy what many Roku and Nvidia SHIELD users have been taking for granted.
It also gives Amazon a wider audience for their Free ad-supported content and premium prime content. In the end, this is a big win for both Amazon and Google, and cord-cutters who use both their platforms.
As Roku OS 9.1 is rolling out, big changes are on the way!
OS 9.1 Developer Notes and Changes
Today the latest Roku operating system update has begun. And over the next several weeks most standalone Roku players will receive this latest software update OS 9.1.
Roku Smart TVs, will not receive this latest update until early summer.
It’s really just luck of the draw when your particular device may be updated. Sometimes, simply going to settings/system and forcing an update may speed up the process.
OS 9.1 brings about some important changes for not only end users of the Roku platform. But also for Developers who must meet new guidelines for their channels.
Roku OS 9.1 Now Offers Universal Sign-On
The biggest change will come for developers of larger Network TV channels that used to send users to external web page to sign-up for a channel. Now these channels must allow users to sign-up or cancel their subscription right from with-in the Roku platform.
This is effective immediately and will allow for a more seamless user experience.
Automatic Account Linking
This is one of the most useful updates. And with OS 9.1 needing to re-enter most channel passwords when you link a new Roku to your account will soon be a thing of the past.
Automatic Account Linking knows it’s you from a prior login on another Roku device and all your channels will instantly become authenticated.
No more adding in all those boring codes on different websites for each channel everywhere app. And this will make owning a Roku media player much more pleasant.
Enhanced Voice and Search
Another thing Roku did with this update is make it easier to find free content. And much of this content is weighted towards their Free Roku Channel. Moving this content up higher in the search results than the same free content that may be found on other channels.
In the future this Free channel from Roku will take on a larger role and become an even more important part of their platform. Eventually all subscription channels will need to be signed up from and accessed through The Roku Channel.
This will enhance further Roku’s advertising revenue flow. And this is what will keep the company stay profitable and help them stick around for a long time to come.
High quality sound is every bit as important as an eye popping image when watching TV and this is where Dolby Atmos comes in. Because it does to the ears what a stunning 4K UHD picture does for the eyes.
Three Dimensional Sound
An Dolby Atmos encoded video, makes the sound appear three dimensional. It has an effect that can only be described as breathtaking as the sound moves all around the room in a multi-dimensional way.
For example if a jet flies by overhead, it will sound almost true to life as it can be heard flying across the room. It enhances the sense of sound so the listener feels part of the film.
Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV 4K and Nvidia SHIELD Which Support Atmos?
When it comes to media streamers, not all reproduce sound the same way. If a movies is encoded with Dolby Atmos, a media streamer must be licensed to play the content. This adds an added expense which not all manufacturers are willing to pay for.
Only two out of four popular media players support Dolby Atoms. Unfortunately both the Fire TV and Roku don’t yet support it. Although, this could change in a future hardware update.
Currently, only the Nvidia SHIELD, and Apple TV 4K media players are able to decode Dolby Atmos encoded audio. This makes for a more immersive movie experience where the viewer is transported right into the action.
These Streaming Service Support Atmos Encoded Videos
It’s important to use video files from a Streaming TV provide that offers Atmos encoded files to begin with.
Dolby Atoms requires a supported media player and video content that is encoded to supports it. The following Streaming TV Services all support Atoms movies and shows.
Cord Cutters can stream local PBS content live alongside their live TV programing.
Beginning April 1, Cord Cutters can Stream PBS Content Alongside Their PrimeTime TV Shows
The Public Broadcasting Company will offer Local programs which can be streamed by year-end. And this won’t be available as part of other paid subscription channels like YouTube Live, Hulu Live or Sling TV. Cord cutters will need to get their stand-alone app or channel. Which will work on popular media streamers like Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV or PC.
Live Streaming Local Content Coming Soon
Currently in negotiation with local affiliates, they want to have their content added in over 50 markets. And these will be available across the country by the end of the year. And their local content will be available to stream right alongside their mainstream programming.
New Premium TV Channel Announced
Hoping to make their content more friendly to cord cutters the company recently announced a new streaming channel named PBS Living.
This new service which costs $2.99/mo after a free 7/day trial will feature some of their premium shows like Antique Roadshow, This Old House, French Chef and more.
PBS Living joins their two other stand-alone streaming channels which include PBS Masterpiece, ($5.99) with shows like Jamestown and the Windsors.And the popular channel, PBS Kids ($4.99) which carries children shows such as Mister Rogers, The Reading Rainbow, Pinkalicious plus many more.
It’s an exciting time cancel cable. And this is just another sign, of more a la carte channels to come. As more broadcasters are coming to grips, that the old way of doing business is slowly coming to an end. And embracing cord cutters and streaming television is the way of the future.