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Stream and save

Over 27 million US households have already cut cable

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Stream and save

Join the millions of people saving money by “cutting the cord.” Most Americans with Pay TV spend around $109 every month on bundled channels, equipment rentals, and hidden fees—many spend even more. Switch to streaming and save money while still enjoying your favorite TV.
Source: Leichtman Research Group, 2019
Ways to stream what you love

Dive into free TV

To maximize your yearly savings, you can completely cut cable and go all-in with free TV. The Roku platform has thousands of hours of free entertainment, from live tv, to classic movies and kids’ TV. Featured Free and The Roku Channel on your Roku home screen are great places to start. Plus, enjoy instant access to more than 100 live TV channels—including ABC News, MTV, BET, and more. You can even browse what’s on and see what’s coming up later using our Live TV Channel Guide.
Expected yearly savings: $1,450+
Mix and match streaming channels
Enjoy the most talked-about series, award-winning originals, and new favorites from popular subscriptions. Add as many or as few as you want—there are no long-term contracts and you can cancel any time. Even with two of these streaming services, you’ll still save money by combining them with free TV channels.
Expected yearly savings: $1,160+
Try a cable replacement
Never miss regional sports, local news, and live events with most of the same network TV channels as cable—at a better value. Many of these cable alternatives even offer cloud DVR, live channel guides, and free trials to get started. Adding a cable replacement will still be less expensive than cable, even if you combine one with a couple of your favorite streaming services.
Expected yearly savings: $800+

What you need
High-speed internet
Roku streaming devices work well with high-speed internet services. We recommend at least 5Mbps for HD streaming and 25Mbps for 4K. The more streaming devices you have, the faster connection you’ll need.
A streaming device
Roku devices come in a variety of options, from players, to smart TVs of all sizes, and even a soundbar with built-in streaming—all incredibly easy to setup and without monthly equipment fees.
Streaming channels
Pick and choose the channels you like and only pay for what you want, when you want it. It’s easy to add streaming channels to your Roku home screen for quick access any time.

Ready to save some money?
Once you’re comfortable and confident streaming your favorite TV, you’re ready to cut cable and start saving some money. We know this can be intimidating, so check out a few tips and tricks that have worked for some Roku users.
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Frequently asked questions

What is the best alternative to cable?

Streaming is the best way to watch the TV you love without having to pay for cable. There are no long-term contracts or hidden fees, plus there are thousands of hours of free entertainment to enjoy.


Do you really save money cutting the cord?

Yes you do! Access countless hours of free entertainment on the Roku platform, including live news, sports, classic movies, shows, and more. Even if you sign up for a subscription or two, like Netflix or CBS All Access, and a cable replacement service, like Sling, you’ll still save some money and avoid paying equipment fees and other hidden charges.


What is the best TV streaming service?

There are thousands of free and paid channels on the Roku platform for you to stream your favorite TV. Whether you’re sticking to free channels like The Roku Channel or cable replacements like Sling, it’s easy to discover different ways to watch your TV without needing cable.


What is the cheapest way to watch TV?

You can watch TV for free across thousands of channels on the Roku platform. Stream live news, sports, classic movies, shows, and more for free on The Roku Channel and discover free in-season TV with Featured Free on the Roku home screen.


How can I cut my cable costs?

An easy way to cut your cable bill is by replacing extra cable boxes with streaming players. Those equipment rental fees can add up quickly, and you can access most of your network channels using your cable login. Of course, the best way to cut Pay TV costs is to cut cable all together and switch to streaming.


Why should I cut the cord?

You should cut the cord because you can save money and still enjoy the TV you love with streaming. Pick and choose the channels you like and only pay for what you want, when you want it. Every Roku device is simple to setup and easy to use. The simple Roku remote and intuitive home screen let you add your favorite streaming channels for quick access to your favorite TV. Explore tons of options for free movies and shows in Featured Free on the home screen.