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How to get free TV for an entire year

How to get free TV for an entire year

If you haven't cut the cord on cable yet, then you know that it costs a pretty penny to get your favorite network stations. Add sports channels such as ESPN into the mix, or specialty channels like HGTV, and you're looking at an even higher price tag.

Interestingly enough, mobile providers have been getting in on the action. Back in November, AT&T launched DirecTV Now - an internet streaming service that was designed to compete with other players in the space, such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu and more.

DirecTV Now isn't just your typical internet streaming service, though. If you're a fan of cable, it's the best of both worlds. All of your favorite network TV shows, no cable box required. The service offers four tiers, with the smallest tier providing access to over 60 channels for $35 per month.

In an effort to compete with AT&T, another mobile carrier is poking holes in the incentives AT&T is providing to customers who use DirecTV Now and the AT&T mobile network. For those customers, AT&T is zero-rating DirecTV Now, which essentially means that streaming DirecTV Now content on your mobile device doesn't count toward your monthly data cap.

That's where T-Mobile is stepping in. Right now, the mobile carrier is offering a $35 credit off their mobile bill to anyone who makes the switch from AT&T. You might notice that $35 is the same amount as DirecTV Now's base plan price. So, essentially, T-Mobile is offering to pay for your subscription to the service if you switch your mobile carrier.

There are a few rules that must be followed in order to receive the credit. The deal is for 12 months of DirecTV Now, and when you make the switch, you'll have to sign up for T-Mobile One and open a minimum of two lines.

T-Mobile One is a new unlimited plan that has received mixed reviews. The phrase "unlimited" is a bit deceiving, considering there are restrictions on data usage and streaming. With T-Mobile, all video is limited to 480p, which is nothing to brag about. However, T-Mobile One allows customers to purchase "HD day passes," which allow them to stream in 1080p for a full 24 hours. These passes cost around $3.

Although T-Mobile One includes some limitations on streaming, keep in mind that you can stream DirecTV Now on your smart TV, tablet, smartphone, computer or laptop.

What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Let us know in the comments!

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