How to use Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Hulu Plus, and HBO Now without a cable subscription

The streaming service is on a roll, but not without its fair share of bugs and glitches.

Here are the best and worst ways to access the service.


Install an Internet Browser Netflix, HBO, Hulu and HBO Go all require an internet browser.

Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers, but other browsers like Firefox and Safari can also be used.

The best browsers for Netflix and HBO are: Google Chrome: $1.99 to $4.99 (Chrome) or $4 to $6.99 ($6.49 to $10.49) Firefox: $9.99 per month ($9.49 per month) Safari: $5.99/month ($7.49/month) Internet Explorer: $4/month for Internet Explorer 10 or higher or $3.99 for Internet Firefox 10 or lower or free with a $10 TV subscription.

Opera Mini: $3/month Opera Mini Pro: $2.99 Opera Mini SE: $10/month or $15/year.

Hulu Plus: $7.99 or $9 per month, $4 per month for a 30-day trial.

Amazon Fire TV: $20/month Hulu Plus on Amazon Fire Stick: $14.99 Hulu Plus subscription with Amazon Fire TVs: $15.99 Roku Streaming Stick: Free Hulu Plus streaming stick: $24.99 Amazon FireTV Stick: free Hulu Plus TV Stick: FREE Amazon Fire HD Stick: Roku Streaming stick: Free Amazon Fire OS Stick:Free Hulu Plus Stick: Amazon Fire Android TV Stick (Android TV version) : $15 (Amazon) or Free (Amazon Fire TV) with a 2-year subscription.

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