7 Best Cable TV Alternatives

7 Best Cable TV Alternatives is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In this guide we’ll share a list of the best cable TV alternatives and tell you everything you need to know before you switch. One of your biggest expenses each month is the cable bill, right? If you’re fed up with paying huge cable or satellite fees but still want sports and popular cable channels, we’re here to help.

I just cut the cord and I’ll save nearly $1,500 this year. That’s a big deal. Why pay for hundreds of channels you’ll never use when Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Netflix, or Amazon Prime Video have plenty to binge-watch for a fraction of the cost. These are all TV streaming services that give you live or on-demand TV and movies over the internet.

Read: 7 Ways to Watch NFL Games Without Cable

And while all these cable-replacement services aren’t cheap, they’re way more affordable than traditional cable. Especially if you know exactly what channels you want or need. Here in 2018, we have more ways than ever before to stream live TV. So, if you’re trying to watch your budget or are simply trying to save money, this is a great place to start. These are my favorite alternatives to cable.

Before we begin, it’s worth noting that each service has pros and cons, or different channels and content. Sling TV has tons of options, while something like DirecTV Now is somewhat lacking. However, AT&T customers can stream DirecTV Now to their phone for free.

So while you’ll need to decide what you want to watch, if you need DVR recording capabilities or streaming for multiple users, our breakdown below will help you decide which one is right for you and your money.

Sling TV – $20 a month

First up is Sling TV. They were one of the first live TV streaming services, and are still one of the best. They give you all the channels you probably want, and none you don’t. There are no contracts, no equipment, and no hidden fees. Sling TV starts off at just $20 a month and delivers 30+ of the most popular channels. Some of these include AMC, TNT, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, HGTV, and Disney Channel.

You can get a slightly different lineup of “a la carte TV” channels that better suits your needs for $25 a month, or, get both for $40. So if you don’t want CNN and prefer Fox News or MSNBC, there’s a different base package to start with. These are Sling Blue and Sling Orange.

Read: Sling TV Review: Is $20 a Month Worth It?

Then, there are $5-10 add-on packages for sports fans, movie buffs, kids channels, regional sports packs, or foreign language channels. Additionally, they offer on-demand movies or TV, and new release rentals as well. And finally, you can add 100 hours of DVR recording for only $5 more a month, stream to multiple devices at a time, and it works virtually everywhere.

Sling TV works on smartphones, tablets, the Chrome browser, Android or Apple TV, Roku devices and more. Oh, and if your spouse doesn’t want to cancel cable to miss sports or the NFL, they have NFL Network and Redzone too. Sling TV starts at $20 a month, but can quickly increase to over $40 if you’re not careful.

Learn more here, or start a free 7-day trial.

PlayStation Vue – $30 a month

If Sling TV is one of the best overall values, PlayStation Vue is equally impressive if not slightly better. And no, you don’t need a PlayStation to subscribe to and enjoy PlayStation’s Vue service. It started out as an exclusive, but now it works on almost every platform. PS Vue streams sports, news, movies and your favorite TV shows along with a great user interface and powerful DVR features.

PlayStation Vue lets viewers choose from one of four different packages starting at $30 a month with 45 channels. However, depending on your region that base package might be $39 a month, so keep that in mind. Then, bigger packages or add-ons are available up to over $70 a month. At that point, you’re not saving much over traditional cable, but you get a comparable experience.

Each plan delivers most of the essential channels like AMC, TBS, Cartoon Network, Disney, Discovery, CNN, NBC, FX, USA and the main four broadcast networks. The Ultra channel lineup costs $74 and has almost everything you’d ever want.

PS Vue has a great user interface, and you can DVR hundreds of shows with ease. Like Sling TV it works on multiple devices, allows multi-user streams and doesn’t have any contracts.

Learn more right here, or start a free 5-day trial.

YouTube TV – $35 a month

YouTube is by far the biggest video site on the internet, so it was only a matter of time before they jumped into live TV. In 2017 Google launched YouTube TV, and it might be the best option for most families. That’s because you each get your own login, up to 6 accounts, unlimited live TV DVR recording, and tons of content everyone can appreciate.

The base package of $35 a month gets you around 50+ channels of live TV and local sports. There’s no cable box required, and you can cancel at any time. Just like Sling TV and everyone else.

With YouTube TV you get the big four broadcasters, NBC Sports, AMC, NCC, CW, Disney, TNT, USA, E, ESPN, TCM, YouTube Red original series and more. The lineup is comparable to everyone else, but they don’t have other expanded packages yet.

That said, the best part about YouTube TV is the truly unlimited DVR recording. There’s no 100 hour limit like Sling TV. Furthermore, you can set it to record every Golden State Warriors game, and it will, no matter which channel the game is on.

You can add-on a few things like soccer or Showtime, and YouTube TV works on pretty much everything. Android, iOS, Apple TV, Android TV, browsers and more.

Learn more here, or start a free trial.

DirecTV Now – $35 a month

While DirecTV Now is probably the least exciting option available, there are a few important aspects that make it a great choice for millions of potential users. AT&T owns DirecTV. If you have an AT&T family or unlimited plan you can stream endless TV and movies for free, and DirecTV Now is only $20 a month.

For just $35 a month you’ll get access to 60+ channels, or you can choose from three other packages ranging between $50-70 a month. Yes, the base $35 a month gets you ABC, AMC, CMT, ESPN, CW, Disney, CNN, Fox, and tons of sports. DirecTV might have the most channels for the money, but the platform isn’t as nice as Sling, PlayStation, or YouTube.

DirecTV has an average user interface, DVR features aren’t fully available and are still in beta, and it doesn’t work everywhere like the others. Yes, it’s an app you can use on Android, iPhone, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku and such, but the others are all available on more platforms or built into Smart TVs.

They offer $5-8 add-ons for HBO, Showtime, Stars, etc, and allow two simultaneous streams at the same time. Meaning you can watch DirecTV Now in the living room and the kids’ room at the same time. If a third account tries to watch TV at the same time, you’re out of luck.

Learn more here, or start a free trial.

Hulu with Live TV – $40 a month

Hulu is a lot more than just your favorite TV shows these days. Yes, they still have that $12 Hulu package, but if you cancel cable you’ll want the “with live TV” package. You can actually watch tons of TV and movies from over 50 channels for only $40 a month. If you’re looking for the most content, Hulu might be the answer. You’ll get everything they’ve always offered and those 50 new channels for one low price.

As you can see above, Hulu has a pretty great selection of channels. You’ll get a little of everything from TNT, ESPN, TBS, news, sports, movies, you name it. They have an easy to use and vibrant user interface, and one of the best “recommended” sections in this post-cable era. Meaning it recommends shows you’ll like, and you’ll actually enjoy what they have to offer.

Hulu charges upwards of $30 extra a month if you want DVR or multiple user streams, and there are ads everywhere. Furthermore, Hulu with Live TV isn’t available on nearly as many platforms or devices as something like Sling TV. It works on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Xbox One, and maybe a few other devices. So you’re limited to what, when, and how you watch your favorite shows.

Interested in Hulu, start a free trial here.

Standalone Packages – $8-15 a month

These days almost everyone has Netflix or Amazon Prime. If not, you should probably get one, or both. When you combine Netflix at $8 a month with Sling TV for $20 a month, you’re spending WAY less than you ever did on traditional cable. These standalone packages are extremely important when you’re looking to replace cable TV.

You can still watch live sports, live TV, and tons of shows from both platforms expansive catalogs.

However, the standalone packages we’re talking about here are HBO, Showtime, and Starz type channels. HBO Now started this trend, and everyone else followed along. You don’t need to spend $200 a month on cable to get HBO and Showtime. Simply sign up for the one you want, when you want it.

Personally, I sign up for HBO Now during Game of Thrones, binge-watch it (and a few other shows) like crazy, then cancel it when the season is over. You could probably watch the entire series during a free 7-day trial. Or, just borrow login information from a friend, and you’re all set.

You can subscribe to each of these as a standalone service, or add them to Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Hulu, Roku and others so you don’t miss any of your favorite shows.

HDTV Antenna

If you really want to cut back and save thousands of dollars, just get an HDTV Antenna. They’re actually cool again, here in 2018, and readily available. An HDTV antenna will give you all the basic live over-the-air local channels in beautiful crisp HD, including some sports.

You can get a small indoor HDTV antenna and mount it behind your TV, or get a big one and throw it on your roof. Set up an Antenna and you’re all set. Then, get something like the TiVo Bolt to pause and record live TV from that antenna. Or, get an analog to digital converter box and turn it into your own personal live TV DVR system.

Select services like Sling TV have an Antenna add-on package too. Basically, Sling TV will let you tie in all the local antenna channels and gives you the best of both worlds while staying affordable.

Alternatives for Sports Fans

The reason it took me so long to replace traditional cable is that I was afraid of losing sports. I love Football and the NFL, and I’m not giving it up. If you want NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, BTN and multiple other sports channels, we have you covered.

Read: How to Get the NFL Sunday Ticket Without DirecTV

You can easily watch sports on Sling TV, PS Vue, or FuboTV, to name a few. You’ll need to check some of these individually and make sure they have what you want. Personally, Sling TV has the most for sports fans, and starting in 2018 and beyond you can watch the NFL live with Yahoo Sports.

Another excellent cable TV alternative is FuboTV. The idea here is they have all the sports for you men and tons of other channels for your wife and kids. It’s a sports-first live TV streaming service that has a little of everything. FuboTV starts out at $19.99 a month and you get over 75 channels. However, they have a “gotcha” like traditional cable and after the first month, it goes up to $45 a month.

That said, $45 a month for over 75 channels and tons of sports is still comparable to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, or anything else available. You just have to decide what channels and options are more important to you.

Things to Know

When it comes down to it the main goal here is saving money. You need a fast internet connection to stream live TV over the internet, so you might have to increase your internet plan with your cable provider. Then, once you add in some of the options mentioned above you might not save as much as expected.

Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind is data usage. Yes, you might go over your home internet data usage limit if you don’t know you have one. These days everyone is ditching cable, and providers are starting to put limits on how much monthly data you can use.

I have Cox Cable, and I get 1024GB (1TB) a month. I haven’t gone over yet, but I’ve heard horror stories where some internet providers are putting a limit of 300GB on home internet plans. Then, charging an extra $30-50 a month to increase it to 500 or 750GB. Call your internet provider and check.

Final Thoughts

This is just a small sample of the nearly 200 different alternatives to cable floating around in 2018. You have tons of options, these are just what we consider the best ones. We’re basically giving you a good idea of what to do and where to start.

Remember, you can get a free trial to almost everything we just mentioned and try it before making any commitments. At the same time, be smart and keep in mind that these are still cable companies. They’ll offer bundles and promotions and try to get as much money from you as possible. Be smart and don’t overspend on stuff you don’t need.

Read: Best Budget Apps for 2018

Here’s what I did to start 2018, and you can too. I canceled my $240 monthly Cox cable bill and went with a standalone internet package for $75 a month. I have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Sling TV with one add-on package. All of that comes out to around $119 a month, and I’m saving roughly $1,500 a month and still watching everything I want.

Now that you know what to do, get started.

7 Best Cable TV Alternatives is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

6 Best iPhone Fast Car Chargers

6 Best iPhone Fast Car Chargers is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In this guide we’ll explain the benefits of getting a fast car charger for your iPhone 8 or iPhone X and share a list of the best options available. Apple’s new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the X are all capable of fast charging. Essentially letting your phone charge from 0-50% in under 30 minutes while you drive to work.

Typical wall plugs and car chargers don’t offer these fast speeds. Instead, Apple requires owners to buy a special cable and expensive power brick to use at home. However, if you want these crazy fast charging speeds in your car, we can help you out for under $20.

Read: Best iPhone 8 Fast Chargers

All you need is a USB Type-C to Lightning cable and the right charger from Amazon. Get those two things, and you’ll be able to fast charge your iPhone 8 or iPhone X in the car. Some of the car chargers on our list cost under $10, meaning you can get these benefits without breaking the bank. However, official Apple cables or multi-port chargers will cost a few bucks more.

Whether you’re trying to fix bad iPhone 8 battery life or just want a faster charge, this is the easiest method. Buying any random car charger isn’t going to work. That’s because your typical Lightning cable doesn’t deliver enough power to quickly charge your iPhone.

A USB Type-C car charger, more specifically one with Power Deliver, is capable of pushing 30 watts of power out of the charging cable. This is way more power than regular car chargers. It’s this, that allows your iPhone 8 or iPhone X to go from 0-50% in 25-30 minutes.

Being able to charge your phone to 50% that fast is a big deal. This saves you from being tethered to wall outlets while you travel, and you are basically gaining hours of battery life just from a quick drive in the car for just a few minutes. See the benefits?

With that all said, don’t use an old car charger you have lying around or you’ve used for 2-3 years. Instead, choose an iPhone fast car charger from our list of reputable brands below. These will keep your phone and battery safe while delivering the fastest recharge possible.

USB Type-C to Lightning Cable

USB Type-C to Lightning Cable

First things first, you'll need a new cable if you want to take advantage of fast charging on the iPhone. That's because only USB Type-C chargers deliver enough power to turbo-charge your battery. 

Luckily, Apple sells an official USB Type-C to Lightning Cable for around $25. If you have a new MacBook Pro chances are you already own a few of these. If not, you'll need to get one. 

However, we recommend getting your USB Type-C to Lightning cable over at Amazon. We've found one for only $9.99 that works great. Once you get your USB C to Lightning cable, buy a fast car charger from our other slides and you're all set. 

Simple plug your phone into this new cable and charger, start the car, go for a ride, and enjoy the fastest charging possible. 

6 Best iPhone Fast Car Chargers is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

10 Best iPhone X Wallet Cases

10 Best iPhone X Wallet Cases is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The best part about an iPhone X wallet case is that it can help you leave one other item out of your pocket, or carry the essentials without bringing a purse or a clutch with you when you go out.

iPhone X wallet cases can hold a few cards and they work with wireless chargers in most cases, but you may need to limit the number of cards you put in your iPhone x wallet if the wallet is on the back. These are some of the best iPhone X cases you can buy.

Having used iPhone wallet cases for years, and tested many with the iPhone X, here are the best iPhone X wallet case options you will find.

Best iPhone X Wallet Cases

Here are the best iPhone X wallet cases you can buy.
Here are the best iPhone X wallet cases you can buy.

The Best iPhone X wallet cases are affordable, work with wireless chargers and offer a lot of different styles and colors so that you can find one that fits your needs.

Many people worry about putting their credit cards on their iPhone, because they might lose it. Unlike a traditional wallet, this one comes with Find My iPhone built in, so you can track your wallet wherever it may be.

  1. JimmyCASE iPhone X Wallet Case – $45
  2. Silk Q Card Wallet Case – $24.99
  3. Casetify Essential Woven iPhone X Wallet Case – $40
  4. Speck Presidio Wallet iPhone X Cases – $44.95
  5. tech21 Evo Wallet – $49.95
  6. Apple Leather Folio – $99
  7. Case-Mate Wallet Folio – $60
  8. Twelve South Journal – $69.99
  9. Pad & Quill Bella Fino iPhone X Wallet Case – $89.95
  10. OtterBox Strada Wallet Case – $49.95

All of these iPhone X wallet cases are made with quality and will survive holding your cards for a long time. Check out more information on each of these wallet cases below.

Can I Wirelessly Charge with an iPhone X Wallet Case

The iPhone X supports wireless charging and the best iPhone X wireless chargers can charge through cases up to 3mm thick. This means you can safely charge with a few cards in a slim iPhone X wallet case.

According to Matt Altschul President & CEO of Silk, “After over two and a half years of wireless charging through our Q Card Case on the Galaxy S6, S7, and S8, we’ve received no reports of demagnetized credit cards even after years of continuous wireless charging through the cards and case.”

Altschul explains that the only cards you might have an issue with are older style hotel keycards. Most of the time we aren’t wirelessly charging while staying in a hotel because it makes more sense to carry a smaller fast charger for the iPhone X instead of a wireless charger.

 

JimmyCASE iPhone X Wallet Case

The JimmyCase iPhone X wallet case is my favorite wallet case. This case combines a beautiful wood back with a super strong elastic that can expand to hold a lot of credit cards and cash. 

I've used a JimmyCASE wallet case for over a year and the elastic was like new when I upgraded to a new iPhone. That's despite sometimes pushing past the recommended 6 card limit. 

The catch to putting a lot of cards in this case is that the new thicker design, plus cards, means wireless charging can be a struggle. You can only put about 2 cards in and still wirelessly charge the iPhone X. You can stick with wired charging, or simply remove the cards at home and then wirelessly charge. It's a downside, but not a dealbreaker at all. 

The JimmyCASE iPhone X wallet case is handmade in California and available in nearly a dozen color combinations. 

$45 at JimmyCase

10 Best iPhone X Wallet Cases is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best First Person Shooter Games for iPhone (2018)

Best First Person Shooter Games for iPhone (2018) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In this guide we’ll share a list of the best first person shooter games for iPhone. If you love intense fast-paced battles or getting headshots, these iPhone FPS games are worth downloading today. Shooters dominate PC and console gaming, but there are tons of great FPS titles for your iPhone and iPad too.

Whether you’re looking for casual arcade-style gun games, Counter-strike, Call of Duty action, or just high-octane shooters full of explosions, we have you covered. Additionally, most of these games are totally free. If not, they only cost a few dollars.

Read: 10 Best FPS Games for Android

There are thousands of games on the App Store and sometimes it can be hard to find quality games worth downloading or spending money on. If you want to blow things up, shoot tons of high-powered weapons, or enjoy multiplayer FPS matches, here are some of my favorites.

Best Shooter Games for iPhone (2018)

  • Guns of Boom
  • Modern Combat 5: Blackout
  • Critical Ops
  • Zombie Frontier 3
  • Modern Combat Versus
  • Dead Trigger 2
  • Bullet Force
  • Into the Dead 2
  • Fields of Battle
  • Unkilled

The iPhone shooter games on our list above will keep you busy for hours. They’ll have you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next zombie to shoot, reloading shotguns, or completing another round of dangerous missions. They’re also high-quality games worth spending money on. Instead of console ports or cheap copy-cat games.

Our quick list gives you a good idea of where to start for the best shooter games on iPhone or iPad. It will save you time, money, and actually recommends games you’ll enjoy.  Then, we have additional details and links to download each game in our slideshow below.

In closing, we’re expecting some killer new iOS games this June at Apple’s yearly WWDC developer event. For now, these are the best shooter games for iPhone in 2018.

Guns of Boom

Guns of Boom

Guns of Boom is a hardcore multiplayer first-person shooter game that delivers console-like (but fun) 3D graphics and action-packed combat. This is one of the best FPS games to hit iPhone in recent memory. 

Players will love the stunning 3D graphics, even if they have a cartoonish feel, similar to Team Fortress from the old PC days. It's all about high-octane multiplayer matches where you'll run around like crazy and shoot anything that moves. 

Engage in online PvP battles on a variety of maps, utilizing different deadly guns, as well as frag grenades and med kits. You'll get the hang of things quickly, or use the auto-fire feature, but it still takes some time to master. The controls and graphics are so great you'll start sweating from the intense headshot action. 

There are over 48 weapons to choose from, the controls are easy to get the hang of, and you can quickly burn through 2-3 hours just doing battle after battle. 

Download it Now for Free

Best First Person Shooter Games for iPhone (2018) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best AirPods Skins, Cases and Covers

Best AirPods Skins, Cases and Covers is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple only sells one AirPods color, but with the best AirPods skins, cases and covers you can customize the look of your AirPods. For less than $20 you can add color or a design to your AirPods and to the AirPods charging case. You can also pick up shock resistant and rugged AirPods cases that will protect your AirPods when they are in the charging case.

The wait for AirPods 2 is still quite long, so if you are looking to make your AirPods look like new or come in a new color these are your best options. I’m not a huge fan or most AirPods accessories, since the ear loops and neckbands take away from the simplicity that makes AirPods so great, but a skin or a case is a great option to spice up your AirPods.

If you want to spend more, you can get custom painted AirPods in any color if you want to go that route.

Here are the best AirPods skins that cover each AirPod as well as the charging case. Most do not skins don’t completely cover the charging case, so you may want to look into a matching cover or case for that.

SlickWraps AirPods Skins

SlickWraps AirPods Skins

The SlickWraps AirPods skins come in a wide range of colors and designs to change the look of your AirPods. If you want, you can even make your own design. 

This set of AirPods skins covers the AirPods and the case. The case skin does not cover the corners, which are very tricky to apply. 

You can choose from carbon, metal, wood, colors, leather, glitz, stone and hemp wrap options. This is one of the widest selections of designs that you will find. 

Users report that the SlickWraps AirPods skins install easily and hold up well over time. You can leave the skins on when you charge your AirPods. 

One reason I love SlickWraps is that they stand behind the products they sell. If you have a problem with a skin they are quick to offer help and in the rare case it's been needed a replacement. 

Be on the lookout for deals as SlickWraps often offers 25 to 50% off during sales. 

$14.95 at SlickWraps

Best AirPods Skins, Cases and Covers is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.