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Cable-free TV options: Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast compared

Learn about cable-free TV options.
Learn about cable-free TV options.
Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen

If you wince as your monthly cable TV bill arrives and groan as it freezes or goes out, it's time to go cable-free. A new generation of devices has made it easy to connect and view without the monthly bill. The only question: Which one is right for you?

I compared the four most popular choices: Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. What I wanted: Easy set-up (at heart, I'm a Luddite), a remote that would work without trying to figure out how to line it up like a surgeon performing heart surgery, Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime for viewing options and games for when my multi-tasking mind needed a break.

Google Chromecast was the first to drop from my list. With the fewest extras, a remote that required line of sight and no wired connectivity, it was a no-go.

Roku and Apple TV both were dismal when it came to games. Roku didn't have Bloomberg TV, and Apple TV didn't have Showtime.

Amazon Fire was the ultimate winner. Easy to set up, with an array of options, it made it easy to say farewell to cable. Read my full review, including how to order, by clicking here.