Every day, more people are ditching cable TV and opting for streaming services. The increase in cable bills is making cord-cutting a very good idea. However, the information needed to stream, to some people, can be overwhelming. Keeping track of which service offers what channels, the equipment needed and the cost comparisons can be daunting. But worry no more! We did all the research, so you don’t have to.
Watching the USA Network Without Cable
You have decided to cancel cable TV, but you can’t live without Law & Order: SVU, Chicago PD, WWE, or the Chrisleys. You need your USA Network!
Our guide to watching your favorite TV channels without cable includes your best three choices for steaming services.
They are Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV and AT&T TV Now which all have packages featuring the USA Network. We’ll break down costs, trial periods, special offers, other channels received, how many streams per household, DVRs and compatible devices. In addition, we will look at any available add-ons that might enhance your TV experience.
Sling is an extremely affordable, no contract streaming option. It offers an Orange and a Blue package, both with a different focus. Sling Blue gives you access to 45 popular cable channels, including the USA Network and a few other options part of the NBC family such as E!, Bravo, and SyFy. All this for only $30 a month.
You can also watch TNT and TBS for similar programming. Sling offers ten free hours of cloud DVR storage or up to 50 hours for an extra $5 a month. This platform also allows streaming on up to three devices.
Sling offers free local channels when you pair it with an HD antenna. This information is a little misleading because an HD antenna provides local HD channels for free anyway. Live local programming is available in select markets.
Sling works with most major streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and XBOX One. You can watch on Android and iOS mobile devices, smart TVs and in a web browser. Extra hardware is not required.
As of this writing, Sling is offering four special deals. There is a free 3-day trial and a BOGO offering for 30 days of service when you pay for a month. The other offers include equipment: you can get a free TiVo Stream 4K when you pre-pay for two months or a free AirTV Mini with a new Sling subscription.
Hulu + Live TV
HULU + Live TV has a whopping offer of 65 channels, plus live news and the entire Hulu catalog of original content, streaming shows, and movies for $64.99 a month after a 7-day free trial. This is an increase of $10 more per month. You can stream content on up to two screens at a time, though an unlimited screen option is available for $9.99 a month.
Record live TV with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage included, or you can upgrade to an enhanced cloud DVR and get 200 hours of recordings for an additional $9.99 per month.
Other add-ons include an entertainment package, a Spanish package, or premium channels, including HBO Max, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax. These add-ons vary in price between $4.99 and $14.99 per month, depending on the service.
You can stream Hulu + Live TV on Android and iOS devices, Roku, Fire TV & Fire Stick, Apple TV (4th gen), Chromecast, Xbox One & Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, select smart TVs and Nintendo Switch.
Hulu is not currently offering any specials or deals, though if you just want the live TV option without access to the Hulu catalog, you can get it. They offer more channels from the NBC family than Sling. In addition to the USA Network, you can watch Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SyFy, MSNBC and a handful of NBC sports channels.
AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now actually offers eight different packages to pick from. They begin at $55 per month for 45+ channels and go up to $183 per month for 140+ channels.
Streaming is available on up to three screens. Moreover, 500 hours and up to 90 days of cloud DVR storage is available.
Add-ons currently offered are a Spanish package which includes sports and telenovelas; an international package with news, shows, and sports; an entertainment package; and an à la carte premium movie channels. These extra features cost anywhere from $5 to $14.99 a month.
You don’t need any additional equipment for AT&T TV Now. If you already have a Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire device, simply add the AT&T TV Now app, log in and start streaming. You can also watch on Chromecast, iOS, Android devices, Chrome plus Safari web browsers and select smart TVs.
AT&T offers a full complement of local channels plus the USA Network, TNT and more. There is a 7-day free trial for new users who purchase the Plus, Max or International packages. They are currently running a special for 30 days of free HBO Max, but it does void the 7-day new customer free trial.
|Sling TV Blue||Sling TV Orange||Pluto TV||Fubo TV|
|Channels||45+ Channels||30+ Channels||250+ Channels||118 Channels|
|DVR||10 Hours (50 Hours-$5/Month)||10 Hours (50 Hours-$5/Month)||No||250 Hours (1,000 Hours-$16.99/Month|
|Trial Period||3 Days||3 Days||No||5 Days|
|Standard Price||$30/Month+$5/Month (News Extra add-on)||$30/Month+$5/Month (News Extra add-on)||Free||$64.99/Month|
The Bottom Line
Forgoing cable TV to watch the USA Network and your favorite channels is possible. All three streaming service’s basic channel lineup include the USA Network.
Sling Blue is the least expensive option, If you only watch a handful of cable channels and don’t particularly care about local channels, you can’t beat the $30 per month price tag.
Hulu + Live TV is impressive because you can watch some local channels, cable favorites, the entire catalog of Hulu originals, streaming TV and movies. AT&T TV Now offers the most customizable service, with its eight packages and assorted add-ons. If price is your only criteria, by all means, go with Sling for streaming. But if you want a few more choices or add-ons, then make some comparisons. Either way, the ease of life without cable will soon be yours!
How are you watching the USA Network? Are you using a traditional cable company or streaming on one of the newer companies? Let us know below so other readers can make an informed decision.
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