Don’t Have Cable? Here’s How to Watch the News and Debates This Election Cycle

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By the end of 2018, Comcast, the largest cable provider in the United States, had just 22 million subscribers. According to projections, this trend of cutting cords with traditional cable will continue, with an estimated 50.2 million U.S.-based subscribers in total defecting by 2021. Although many cable providers include access to streaming services like Netflix, it seems that folks aren’t interested in cable and Netflix — they just want to subscribe to the myriad streaming platforms available today.

In many ways, having all of these subscription services is kind of like reinventing the wheel. That is, studies have shown that the average American has access to (at least) four streaming services; while some users might share access to some of those platforms, many folks are subscribing to multiple services — in essence, creating their own newfangled versions of cable packages.

While cutting the cord can be a nice feeling, it also comes with some pitfalls, namely a lack of access to traditional cable features that you may have previously taken for granted. Whether you’re trying to stream the latest sporting event or political debate — or you just miss the local news — there are solutions out there if you want to have your cable-less cake and eat it too.