A reader is ready to cut the cord and wants some advice:

I am interested in having videos to watch instead of the few interesting choices on Comcast television. I just recently installed the free 30 day trial on Amazon prime also Netflix. I’m also going to purchase a smart TV. I currently have approximately 100 Mbps download speed. I think I am favoring Netflix from my choice to keep, any suggestions would be helpful.

Netflix and Amazon are great choices for cord-cutters. I have both. I like Amazon because, in addition to the movies, TV shows, and original programming, it offers a music service, free two-day shipping on Amazon orders, and an eBook lending library.

Netflix offers a heck of a lot more episodic programs and movies. Hulu is also a great option. They feature a whole lot of episodic television, both current and classic. Hulu offers a free trial period as well, with plans starting at $6 a month. Hulu also offers a live TV option with 50 live and on-demand channels. But it’s much more expensive at $40 per month.


All three of these services are great and could keep you occupied forever with their content. Your best bet is to take advantage of free trials and see what you think of the content. Fortunately, none of these services come with a commitment, so you can check them out for a month and move on. If there are only one or two things you like on a service, you can always just subscribe for a month and binge watch what you enjoy. Then drop the service for a few months until there are new episodes of series you enjoy again.

PBS also offers a Passport service that features more than 1,000 episodes of PBS programs to folks are willing to donate at least $5 a month to their local station.

Britbox offers a wide array of British TV and a 7-day free trial to check it out. It runs $7 a month.


Which service is right for you is going to depend on your interests. Fortunately, they’re all very easy to try out.

Right now I’m going to do a little crowd-sourcing. I’d like to ask your fellow readers to make suggestions as to which services they enjoy the most. Let us know in the comments.