Top CABLE ALTERNATIVES in New Zealand

Top CABLE ALTERNATIVES in New Zealand

The moment you free yourself from the ties of cable (pun intended), you will see the options are limitless. And when you cut the cord, you will regret why you didn’t do it sooner! 

Starting off, you need a quick lesson on howtostream and how to navigate your way among so many amazing options. 

Each streaming service has a great library, and the choice is relative to the user’s preference. 

First, you need to identify what kind of content is a priority to you. Are you big on sports? Do you need something that is best for your family? Or you need content specifically with huge libraries of movies and TV series. The knowledge will be the first step towards choosing what service works best for you!   

What Are the Top Cable TV Alternatives in New Zealand?

We tried to put together a selection that works for you in the long term. Sometimes what you find very fancy fades within a few weeks, and now you are left with a bad selection. So we took our time to explain and dissect each service so that you can make an informed decision. 

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Sling TV 

Starting Price: $35 per month 

Streams (per month charges): $35 for 1-stream, $35 for 3-stream, $45 for 4-stream

On-Demand: Yes

Device Support: Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast-enabled TV, iOS, PC. 

Channels: 30 (in entry-level package)

DVR: 50 hours ($5 per month for 200 hours)

Sling TV has two plans to accommodate its viewers —Sling Blue and Sling Orange. Both have 30 plus channels each and are available at $35 a month. The selection in each plan has a diverse set of channels for viewers with different preferences. But if you want to buy both Sling Orange & Blue, they cost around $50.  

When you wish to add another channel that is not available in the initial selection, it costs $5 per month. Each add-on has a selection of channels to come with. Some add-ons are a little over $5 but bring more sophisticated channels. 

Sling Orange includes A&E, AXS TV, AMC, BET, BBC America, Bloomberg Television, Cartoon Network, CNN, Charge!, Comedy Central, Comet, Disney Channel, EPIX Drive-In, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Freeform, Fuse, Food Network, HGTV, History Channel, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Local Now, Motor Trend, Nick Jr., TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, Vice.    

Sling Blue includes A&E, AXS TV, AMC, BET, BBC America, Bloomberg Television, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Charge!, Comedy Central, Comet, Discovery Channel, E!, EPIX Drive-In, Fuse, Food Network, Fox, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, FX, HGTV, HLN, History Channel, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Local Now, MSNBC, NBC, NFL Networks, National Geographic, Nick Jr., SYFY, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, USA, Vice.  

Besides this wide selection, the service offers add-on packages of Sports Extra, Comedy Extra, Kids Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, Hollywood Extra, Heartland Extra, Showtime, and many more to choose from.  

Hulu + Live TV 

Starting Price: $69.99 per month – with ads, $75.99 per month – without ads 

Streams (per month charges): $9.99 a month for unlimited streams. You get 2 streams free on the basic package. 

On-Demand: Yes

Device Support: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, LG Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo.

Channels: 60+

DVR: Yes 

Hulu was a winner with its basic channel subscription at $6.99 a month, and then it went on and added LIVE TV to its catalogue to smitten the viewers. For recent cord-cutters, Hulu + Live TV makes the best replacement with more features and feasibility.

In the basic plan, the streaming service offers 85 plus live and on-demand channels with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. You can always keep your favourite shows on download and watch them on the go. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you get A&E, ABC, ABC News Live, ACC Network, Adult Swim, Animal Planet, BET, Big Ten Network, Bloomberg Television, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS, CBS News, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar News, CMT, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, Comedy Central, Cozi TV, Crime+Investigation, CW, Dabl, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN College Extra, Food Network, Fox, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, FS1, FS2, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, FYI, Goal Channel, HGTV, History, HLN, ID, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, Lacalish, MSNBC, Motor Trend, MTV, NASA, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, NBC, NBCL, NBC News Now, NBC Regional Sports Networks, News Nation, NFL Network, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. Olympic Channel, OWN, Oxygen, Paramount Network, Pop, QVC, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, Start TV, SyFy, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, TVLand, Universal Kids, USA, VH1, Vice.     

YouTube TV 

Starting Price: $65 per month 

Streams (per month charges): 6 streams free on the basic package

On-Demand: Yes

Device Support: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, LG Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo.

Channels: 85+

DVR: Yes 

The feature that pulls the consumer toward YouTube TV is unlimited DVR space (also offered by Hulu). YouTube TV has a massive library of local and international channels, presenting sitcoms, dramas, movies, local news, and sports. 

You get channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, ABC News, ACCN, AMC, Adult Swim, Animal Planet, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, BET Her, Bravo, Big Ten Network, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar Business, Cheddar News, CNBC, CMT, Comedy Central, Comedy TV, CNN, Comet, COZI TV, Court TV, The CW (VOD Only), Dabl Network, Discovery Channel, Disney XD, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, DocuDrama, Dove Channel, SEC Network, E!, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN News, Food Network, FOX Business, FOX News, FOX Soul, Freeform, FS1, FS2, FX, FXM, FXX, Food Network, Galavision, G4TV.com, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, HGTV, HLN, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Justice TV, Law & Crime, Live Now from Fox, LAFC, Local Now, MLB Network, Motor Trend, MSNBC, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, MyNetworkTV, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, NBA TV, NBC News Now, NBCSN, NBC, NBC Sports, NBC Golf Channel, NBC Universo, NBCLX, NECN, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, News Nation, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Toons, NFL Network, Olympics Channel, Oxygen, OWN, Paramount Network, PBS, PBS Kids, Pop, QVC, Recipe.TV, SEC ESPN Network, Smithsonian Channel, Start TV, Sundance TV, SyFy, Tastemade, TBS, Telemundo, Teen Nick, TLC, TNT, TCM, TYT, Trvl Channel, TruTV, TV Land, Universal Kids, Univision, Unimas, USA, VH1, We TV, The Weather Channel, YouTube Originals.

The content is available in English and Spanish for the viewers.

FuboTV 

Starting Price: $69.99 per month 

Streams (per month charges): Unlimited 

On-Demand: Yes

Device Support: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, LG Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, iOS, Android, Mac, Windows.

Channels: 122+

DVR: 1000 Hour  

FuboTV brings diverse content to the viewers with games, movies, TV series, and sports. The major concentration lies in sports; hence, most sports-lovers opt for the FuboTV subscription.  

The list of channels include A&E, ABC, ABC News Live, ACC Network, AMC, American Heroes Channel, Animal Planet, BBC America, BBC World News, beIN Sports, beIN Sports 4, beIN Sports 5, beIN Sports 6, beIN Sports 7, beIN Sports 8, beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports LaLiga, BET, BET Her, Bet Jams, BET Soul, Big Ten Network, Bravo, CBS, CBS Sports Network, CNBC, CNBC World, Cheddar, CMT, Comedy Central, Cozi TV, Destination America, Discovery, Discovery Channel, Discovery Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, DIY Network, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Estrella TV, Food Network, Fox, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, FYI, Galavision, Game Show Network, getTV, GINX Esport TV, Golf Channel, Great American Country, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, History Channel, IFC, INSP TV, Investigation Discovery, Law & Crime Trial Network, Lifetime, LMN, Local Now, Logo, LX TV, MLB Network, MSG, MSG+, MSG 2, MSG+ 2, MSNBC, Motor Trend, MTV, MTV Live, MTV Classic, MTVU, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, NBA TV, NBC, NBC News Now, NBCSN, Newsmax TV, Newsy, NFL Network, NHL Network, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Music, Nicktoons, Olympic Channel, OWN, Oxygen, Pac-12 Network, Paramount Network, People TV, Pop TV, Revolt TV, Science Channel, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movie Channel, SportsNet, Stadium, Stadium 1-3, Sundance TV, SyFy, Tastemade, TeenNick, Telemundo, TLC, The CW, The Weather Channel, Travel Channel, TUDN, TUDNXtra 1-11, TVLand, UniMas, Universal Kids, Universo, Univision, USA, VH1, Vice, WE tv, Zona Futbol.       

Parting Wisdom 

The process of selection can be extremely easy or difficult. The decision solely depends on what content you like to watch. Then you can compare prices with the base price and add-ons. Lastly, check if they offer a deal on buying a yearly plan because these are huge cost-savers. 

Some of these channels offer a trial period for the consumer. It is best to contact customer support and see if you can use the service for a couple of days. It will give you a better idea of what works best for you. 

Albert Howard