Free cable service is a package of cable television channels provided to customers free of charge. As of 2015, there are no cable television service providers in the United States that offer cable television channel packages for free.
There are free alternatives to cable, such as online television and video streaming websites like Hulu and Youtube. Hulu and Youtube both allow users to watch popular movies and television shows for free. Both websites have memberships users can opt to pay for, which offer additional videos and services, and subscribe to certain playlists or favorite certain videos.
Live channel streaming websites like Ustream and LiveStream are free and allow users to watch specific cable channels in real-time. Some channels on these websites may require free registration before allowing visitors to watch them. Many channels are free because they are ad supported. An ad-free experience is sometimes offered with a paid membership.
Although free cable services are not available, affordable cable television channel packages are offered through LowIncomeCable.com. This company has partnered with the Federal Trade Commission to help bring affordable cable television services to households that may not be able to afford the cost. Installation and set-up fees are often waived for customers who are approved through this website.