How to Watch TV Without Cable

Alliance is happy to help you learn how to watch TV without cable. We’ll help you navigate through the many streaming options currently available in the marketplace. We want you to enjoy a great streaming experience, no matter which streaming device and services you choose.

We’ve included an overview on streaming here so you can familiarize yourself with the technology. You’ll find more details and instructions at, and you can call us at 605-582-6311 if you have questions.

Why Choose Streaming?

There are good reasons why 4 out of every 5 homes in the U.S. are now subscribing to at least one streaming service:

Monthly Savings — Many people are replacing costly traditional TV plans with much more affordable streaming services, some of which have free trial periods.
Convenience — Nobody wants to be tied to a TV schedule. Streaming lets you watch what you want, when you want.
Personalization — Streaming services make recommendations on what series or movie to watch next based on your viewing profiles.

Streaming is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4

1. Choose Your Ideal Internet Speed For Streaming

Selecting the optimal bandwidth for your household is the first step to streaming. Visit or call Alliance Communications at 605-582-6311 for guidance on the right speed for you. The quality of your Wi-Fi router matters, too. We recommend the GigaSpire Blast, which is included with our Ultimate Whole Home Wi-Fi.

2. Review Your Streaming Service Options

Some paid-subscription services offer live TV viewing (with or without on-demand content) and can replace traditional TV plans, while others feature only on-demand movies and series. On a budget? Check out free streaming services.

  • Live TV Streaming Services: YouTube TV, DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, Philo, Paramount+, Fubo, Frndly TV, Peacock, Vidgo
  • On-Demand Streaming Only Services: Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Discovery+, HBO Max
  • Free Streaming Services: XUMO, Pluto, ROKU Channel, Redbox, Freevee, VUDU, Tubi, Crackle, Peacock, Haystack News

The website contains a handy tool that allows you to compare channel lineups and prices.

Mom and daughter watching TV

3. Find, Purchase, and Connect the Right Device

If you have a smart TV, it should be ready to stream right out of the box. No smart TV? No problem! You’ll just need to purchase and set up a streaming device like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick, which will enable streaming on older televisions. You can also stream on your smartphone, tablet and computer in addition to your TV.

4. Sign Up for Streaming Services

Let the fun begin! Sign up for a streaming service or two … or three. Most require only a 30-day commitment and some offer a free trial period. This makes it easy to try out different services and cancel the services you don’t find yourself using or enjoying.