"Cutting the cord" is becoming a very popular trend in the U.S. What we're talking about is people getting rid of their cable or satellite TV service and streaming shows online.
A study by eMarketer says that by 2017 there will be almost 6.5 million U.S. households that will no longer pay for cable television. Another 17.8 million households never paid for cable to begin with, according to the same study.
The truth is, with so many fantastic streaming services available, it's difficult to justify paying for an enormous monthly cable bill. These services offer a less expensive alternative to watching TV and you can save hundreds of dollars each year.
With that in mind, we're going to look at five of the best streaming services available today.
1. Amazon Fire TV
With Amazon Fire TV you can enjoy over 7,000 apps, games and Alexa skills including access to over 300,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO GO, Hulu and more.
One great thing about Fire TV is that it supports 4K Ultra HD for true-to-life picture quality. If you have a 4K television, you already know how difficult it is to find 4K programming. Fire TV helps fill that void.
You can also watch high-definition 1080p streams on Amazon Video, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and more without a 4K TV.
Even without a cable subscription you're able to watch the best of live TV and sports from AMC, ESPN, FOX and others with a subscription to Sling TV, or top-rated primetime shows with CBS All Access.
Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Video, featuring thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost.