Adding up cable replacements

1 First, you need high-speed broadband Internet at your home. That costs an average of $60 per month.

2 Next, choose monthly subscription services based on what you want to watch and when.

HoverTap on a service to see what it includes and which device is required to watch.

Live programming

Sling TV
$20

Streaming service from DISH Network with 17 cable channels including ESPN, TNT, TBS and AMC

Requires: Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, XBox One or computer

Apple TV package
$30

Expected to include about 25 cable channels. More details to come when it is announced in 2016.

Requires: Apple TV or Apple computer

PlayStation Vue
$50

Dozens of cable channels, including Fox, CNN and Bravo

Requires: PlayStation

Digital antenna
$0

Picks up local PBS and network stations such as CBS, NBC and ABC for free

Requires: Digital antenna

On demand

Netflix
$8

On-demand movies and TV

Requires: Plays on any Internet-connected device.

Hulu
$8

On-demand movies and TV

Requires: Plays on any Internet-connected device.

Amazon Prime Instant Video
$8

On-demand movies and TV included in an Amazon Prime subscription

Requires: Amazon Fire TV stick, computer, Android and iOS devices, PlayStation and XBox

Premium channels

HBO Now
$15

HBO shows and movies, both live and on demand

Requires: Apple TV, iOS, Chromecast

Showtime
$11

Starting in July, Showtime shows and movies will be availalble to stream live and on demand

Requires: Apple TV, iOS, computer

Sports

MLB TV
$7

Live games subject to local blackout during baseball season (April-October)

Requires: iOS and Android devices, XBox One, PS3 or PS4, computer

NFL
$13

Live games subject to local blackout during the regular football season (September-January). Some options require a DirectTV subscription

Requires: iOS and Android devices, XBox One, PS3 or PS4, computer

NBA
$3

Live games subject to local blackout between all teams or five favorite teams during the regular basketball season (October-April)

Requires: iOS and Android devices, XBox One, PS3 or PS4, computer

NHL
$20

Live games subject to local blackout during the regular hockey season (October-April)

Requires: iOS and Android devices, XBox One, PS3 or PS4, computer, and Roku

Tennis Channel
$6

Live and on-demand matches year-round

Requires: Roku

Your monthly bill

+

$60

High-speed Internet

$60

TOTAL

The average cost of expanded basic cable service, without Internet, was $66.61 in 2014.

Choosing the right device

If you want to watch a digital subscription service on your TV, you’ll need a way to connect your TV to the Internet. The device you choose will partly determine what you can watch. Here’s a guide to which services work on which devices.

 

Live programming

Premium channels

On demand

 

Sling TV

Apple TV

PlayStation Vue

Showtime

HBO Now

Netflix

Hulu

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Internet-ready TV

Cost: $200 and up

Live programming

None

Premium channels

None

On-demand

Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video

Apple TV

Digital media player

Cost: $149

Live programming

Apple TV

Premium channels

Showtime and HBO Now

On-demand

Netflix and Hulu Plus

Roku

Digital media player

Cost: $50

Live programming

Sling TV

Premium channels

None

On-demand

Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Digital media player

Cost: $39

Live programming

Sling TV

Premium channels

None

On-demand

Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video

Chromecast

Digital media player

Cost: $35

Live programming

None

Premium channels

None

On-demand

Netflix and Hulu Plus

PlayStation3 or 4

Gaming console

Cost: $150 and up

Live programming

PlayStation Vue

Premium channels

None

On-demand

Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video

XBox One

Gaming console

Cost: $349

Live programming

Sling TV

Premium channels

HBO Now

On-demand

Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video

Computer

Cost: $150 and up

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Live programming

Sling TV and Apple TV

Premium channels

Showtime and HBO Now

On-demand

Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video

Tablet or phone

Cost: $50 and up

Live programming

Sling TV

Premium channels

None

On-demand

Netflix and Hulu Plus

Note: All costs are before taxes and fees. Costs for seasonal sports packages are spread over a year for easier comparison with a traditional cable package.
* Apple TV, Showtime and HBO Now only work on Apple devices.
SOURCES: Federal Communications Commission, Post research, Open Technology Institute, wheretowatch.com.