The Series Binger
Seeing most buzz-worthy shows without a cable box is as simple as plugging an Amazon Fire TV Stick into your TV’s HDMI port. The device has a best-in-class remote and allows you to access popular streaming services like Netflix in addition to Amazon Prime (which is the only place to watch Transparent). To catch up on network shows — say, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, and Blacklist — add a Hulu Plus subscription. That service has recently beefed up its selection of shows that can be watched after they originally air (although some don’t appear until up to 8 days later).
Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39)
What You Lose
You’re going to have to dodge spoilers around the office watercooler: Many networks, including AMC (Better Call Saul, Walking Dead), wait to put their shows on streaming services. And you’ll miss big network events like the Grammys and the Oscars.
The combined per-month cost of Amazon Prime ($8.25), HBO Now ($15), Hulu Plus ($8), and Netflix ($9) comes to $40.25 — that’s a little more than half of what most cable customers in the U.S. pay per month.Back to top