Now, to get the answer to this question i.e. how to get a cable TV without ads first we need to comprehend the complete ecosystem and how does it work?
So, basically, we are subscribed to the providers which we pay to, they get content from programmers which they pay to for the content we receive. For instance, in simpler words, a program on ESPN that you watch on your TV via your cable service provider lets say Spectrum Tennessee; where ESPN assembles programs and ads, then sell it to the companies that deliver it further to their subscribers. These companies get fees from their customers for providing that content to them. This is the chain where we pay to the cable companies, and they pay to the programmers for their exclusive content. Now let’s suppose money from advertisements cover all the costs of programming, still, companies need to cover other expenses, for example, the staff, maintenance, sustenance, infrastructure and so much more to run the business. They take this money from you. That is the entire system and how it fundamentally works in a nutshell.
We are just supposing here for your better comprehension that if the ads cover all the costs, of course, for these companies have to grab advertisements. You cannot have ads-less cable TV. Either you pay fees for it or you pay fees for streaming services which include some popular names like Netflix, Hulu, etc. The other option you have is to get Hulu Live TV, for $54.99 monthly. This plan lets you stream 50 plus TV channels plus a basic Hulu plan. Or you can go for an ad-less Hulu plan for $60.99 monthly.
At the end of the day, you sign up for something that suits your (and your housemate’s) demands, and pocket, so take your time to do your research and compare whatever is available with the potential option(s) as to finalize the best deal for you.
Moreover, the market has many ad-free content providers whereas the pioneer of this market is HBO. Disney, Epix, fox, Hollywood, Starz, and Cinemax also offer ad-free content. However, you will have to pay an extra amount as these channels are premium and do not come in channel-line by-default unless you request and pay, simultaneously. The broadcasting companies need advertisements to survive. You can simply record the content and watch it later where you can skip the ads – ads will always be there. Nonetheless. They don’t only charge for all the channels, some channels are free but we pay because of the connections, infrastructure, and access as well. Some channels are not free, we pay partially for them, and for some channels, where the advertisers pay the whole amount. There are some ad-free channels but we have to pay extra charges for them.
The notion that broadcasters are making money is pointless. Yes, they are making money – they are here to make money, not to donate to us. This is business, after all. We also watch the content for our entertainment and pay for what we are provided. The packages are designed so thoughtfully that they cater to almost every person on the street, from senior packages to students, while some give limited services against basic services that are exceptionally inexpensive but fulfills the need of the respective customer. Well, there are some online streaming services out there that are completely free and they don’t have ads also. For instance, Hoopla and Kanopy allow users to watch free movies and show if they have a library card, provided that the library is affiliated with them. PBS kids’ app also offers on-demand content.
Streaming services, on the other hand, have cloud-based DVR which means their customers can record the shows and skip the ads while watching them later at their convenience. However, there are some negative points too, with some services, for example, you will have to pay $10 extra to get an ad-skipping feature in Hulu plus live TV which makes the package expensive. Similarly, AT&T doesn’t show you ads in the thumbnail preview, hence you cannot judge when an ad ends while forwarding the content – which can be quite a headache.
As mentioned earlier, cable TV services survive on the revenue they generate through advertisements and they have got reasons which make sense. However, there are some alternate options and some hacks like using DVR and skipping ads, etc. if you want to deal with ads efficiently.