Cable TV channels used to keep you tethered to pay TV. But some online video streaming services now give any cord cutter with an internet connection unprecedented TV-watching freedom.

Subscription streaming video services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix have been around for years. What’s new is the growing number of video streaming services, such as DirecTV Now and Sling TV, that are designed to replace a typical cable TV package.

Because the content you get with any of these services, especially local channels, can vary by region, you should go to each company’s website, plug in your ZIP code, and see which channels are available in your area. Almost all the video streaming services have been adding more local broadcast channels, such as ABC and CBS, but they’re not always available in smaller markets.

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If you’re missing some local channels, consider adding an antenna to get free over-the-air broadcasts. We just tested 10 indoor models, and our testers found that sometimes the picture looked even better than what they were getting from cable.

All the services offer some type of free trial period, so you can try before you buy. Because most require a credit card number, you’ll have to keep track of when the trial period expires and cancel or your card will be charged. And remember that package details can change often, so check the latest offers before signing up.

Here are the top current cable TV replacement services.

DirecTV Now

Monthly bill: $35 and up.

What you get: DirecTV Now should appeal to anyone who wants DirecTV service but not the satellite dish. You get about 60 channels for $35 per month or 80 channels for $50. Add HBO for $5 per month. The company will be launching a next-generation version of the service this spring that bumps up the number of simultaneous users from two to three at one time.

What you don’t: Live TV still isn’t available in some smaller markets, and a cloud DVR, which will be part of the update this spring, still hasn’t arrived.

Hulu With Live TV

Monthly bill: $40 and up.

What you get: The Hulu with Live TV service offers about 50 channels, including major networks in some areas and sports channels such as CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports. You can watch on two devices at a time and record 50 hours on a cloud DVR. You can pay extra for more users and extra DVR storage, and the option to skip commercials.

What you don’t: Not all streaming devices are supported, and you can’t watch AMC, Discovery, or Viacom stations (Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike).

Sling TV

Monthly bill: $20 and up.

What you get: Sling’s $20 Orange package includes about 30 cable channels but no broadcast TV. It supports one user at a time. Sling Blue, $25 per month, supports three users and about 40 channels, including local broadcasts and regional sports. A combined plan costs $40. Themed add-on packs cost $5 per month, and you can add HBO, $15; Showtime, $10; and Starz, $9.

What you don’t: Sling lacks CBS, Discovery Channel, and Fox News. Sling’s cloud DVR is now more widely available and includes more channels and some new features, such as the ability to protect recordings from being deleted.

Sony PlayStation Vue

Monthly bill: $40 and up.

What you get: PlayStation Vue can be configured to resemble an expansive, if somewhat pricey, cable TV-style programming plan. Packages range from a $40-per-month basic option to a $75 Ultra plan with about 90 channels, including premium channels such as HBO and Showtime. You get local channels in many major markets and a cloud DVR for recording shows. Vue supports up to five simultaneous users.

What you don’t: Vue lost access to Viacom stations (Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike) last year.

YouTube TV

Monthly bill: $35 and up.

What you get: YouTube TV is now available in about 85 cities in the U.S. after a five-market launch. You can watch on three devices at a time, getting major networks, a decent selection of cable channels, and a cloud DVR with unlimited storage. You also get the original programming on YouTube Red Originals. Showtime can be added for $11 per month.

What you don’t: Right now it lacks programming from Viacom (Comedy Central, MTV), Discovery Communications, and Scripps Networks Interactive (Food Network, HGTV).

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article also appeared in the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.