Thinking about cutting the cord on cable TV? Before you do, there’s lots to consider. Check out our guide below to learn more about streaming, including the devices you’ll need, how much you may expect to pay, and the content included so you can pick the streaming services that best suit your family.
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Pick Your Streaming Service
Pick Your Streaming Device
Unless you are using a smart TV, a streaming device will be needed for each TV that you plan to view programming on. Select your streaming device
from these popular devices listed below.
Pick Your Internet Speeds
Internet speeds are key to a great streaming experience. Select your internet speeds
to meet your home's needs.
Pros: The closest you can get to having your regular cable line up while still cutting the cord. Its large channel lineup mirrors ATMC’s traditional cable packages and premium channels are available. Channel lineup similar to cable TV. Cloud DVR available.
Cons: Streaming device remotes do not have a numbered keypad. As a result, MergeTV users must select channels via the guide instead of simply keying in a channel number. MergeTV is not compatible with Roku devices.
The content provided below is for informational purposes only. Streaming services’ prices, plans, and features are subject to change. Refer to streaming service provider and/or streaming device manufacturer for more information.
Starting at $13/mo.
Thousands of TV shows and movies available including original content.
No Live TV option, no local channels or sports.
Starting at $4.99/mo.
Live MLB, NHL, NBA, MLS, College Sports, PGA golf, Boxing, and Tennis. On Demand content of ESPN+ Original shows. All in HD.
Not a replacement for ESPN as you will still need a paid TV subscription to watch live ESPN channels.
Starting at $5.99/mo.
Live TV $50/mo.
Current and past seasons of shows and originals. Live TV includes live sports, news, and entertainment.
Missing mainstream channels like AMC, Comedy Central, MLB Network, NFL Network, NFL Redzone, and more..
Starting at $8.99/mo.
Amazon Prime Membership
Rent or buy movies, individual shows or seasons.
No Live TV option. You pay for each channel individually. Most national networks not included.
Starting at $25/mo.
Flexible channel packages, low price.
Missing channels: CBS, Animal Planet, Fox News, MLB Network, Nickelodeon, and more. Local channels require antenna.
Access to the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.
Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices.
Not all original programming will be available at launch, with some not scheduled to premiere for a couple years.
Starting at $49.99/mo.
Unlimited DVR storage and local channels in most US households.
Missing channels: A&E, Comedy Central, History, Lifetime, NFL Network, NFL Redzone, Nickelodeon, and more.
Starting at $55.00/mo.
Offers more sports than any other streaming service. Includes local stations (except for ABC).
Mostly consists of regional sports networks, with no ESPN. One of the higher priced options.
Starting at $20.00/mo.
Lower price. Includes channels like AMC, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and BBC America.
No sports or local channels. Lacks 24-hour news networks, like Fox News & CNN.
As an Amazon Associate ATMC earns from qualifying purchases. MergeTV is not compatible with Roku devices.
Speed is Key to
Great Streaming Experiences
Our Wi-Fi solution has you covered.
If you have a large home and want the ability to stream in every room, you may want to consider adding a managed Wi-Fi solution. Doing so can extend your Wi-Fi signal and provide seamless Internet coverage.