You have a range of options to make up for programming and features you lose when you cut the cable or turn the dish into a birdbath. They generally fall into 3 camps: files you can download, streams you can watch, and physical media you can play like DVDs and Blu-ray discs you borrow, rent, or purchase.

Choices and related equipment include:

Free Programming

Paid Programming

Recording Options

Media Players

If you have a "triple-play" you may also want options for phone service so you can drop that too when you drop cable TV.

Note: Some options require a broadband internet connection. Use hard-wired ethernet for best streaming results.