Streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, are alternatives to cable TV. Several devices are available that allow for instant streaming of programming to a TV, or subscribers can view programming on phones and other devices. A television antenna is also an option.
The Apple TV box, Roku streaming media box and many video game consoles, including the Wii and Playstation 3, allow streaming via paid subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu. Both services provide movies and TV content, and Hulu provides next-day airing of many popular TV programs shown on cable.
A TV antenna allows users to pick up local TV for free. AntennaWeb.org allows consumers to search for local stations in their areas to determine if an antenna is a good option for them.