If you're asking yourself "Why am I paying so much for cable TV or satellite TV?" you're not alone. Millions of people are cutting the cord for that very reason and moving to streaming internet video.
There are loads of reasons to start streaming right now. For starters, with a streaming media player or stick (starting at a one-time cost ranging between $35-$200), you can watch hundreds of channels with thousands of TV shows, news programs and movies for very little cost. Sites like Netflix and Hulu make it simple.
Another big upside is that shows are available to watch when you want. You don't have to rearrange your schedule to catch the latest episode. And you can often binge watch a series or season straight through from beginning to end. However, that can also be a downside.
You turn on your TV and your streaming media player, and then you scroll through dozens of menus and hundreds of options for your next TV show or movie to watch. The number of choices can be overwhelming. It might make you miss the days of TV where you could just turn it on and watch whatever was available.
An increasing number of streaming TV networks understand that feeling, which is why you're starting to see streaming networks offering "live TV" options, many for free. The way it works is, you find a streaming network, as you normally do. But, instead of clicking on an on-demand show, you choose "live TV," then sit back and enjoy.
As you might expect, 24-hour news networks are streaming live TV. But so are entertainment networks, sports networks, home and garden networks, and many more. Here are five streaming networks with live TV options you should check out. (Note: Keep reading for a bonus tip to watch your favorite TV channels in high-definition for free.)