About 2 Buck TV
2 Buck TV gives you access to over 500 live TV channels and 100,000 movies—including international TV from over 150 countries and 50,000 radio stations—all for just $2 per month. No hidden fees, sneaky charges, or contracts.
In fact, the company claims that 2 Buck TV gives you access to “the world’s largest library of movies and TV shows,” 5X as many as cable, without set top boxes, cables, or satellite dishes.
And because 2 Buck TV works with all devices, including computers, tablets, and mobile devices, all you have to do is sign in through the internet to gain instant service. Everything is organized into one smart, easy-to-use layout, and you’ll be able to use 2 Buck TV whether you’re at home, work, school, a hotel, or even the airport.
And compared to other methods of cutting the cord (more about this shortly), 2 Buck TV will also give you access to sports, newly released movies, and even paid programming!
All of this is why 2 Buck TV has more than 3 million active users to date!
Look, there’s no arguing that cable is expensive. In fact, it’s now more than $120 per month, or $1,440 per year! Because of this, more and more consumers are deciding to cancel their cable subscriptions.
But will 2 Buck TV provide access to all of the content you previously received through cable? And if it does, are the fees a good value? You’ve got questions about 2 Buck TV, and we’ve got the information that can help you make a smarter buying decision.
To begin, let’s define what we’re talking about.
What is Cutting the Cord?
Quite simply, cutting the cord references cancelling your cable subscription and choosing other services that can give you access to much of the same content, but for less money. You’ll also be able to pick and choose which services are most important to you, which allows you to pay only for those services you need.
But here’s the problem: After cancelling your cable subscription, you might lose access to a lot of your favorite programming, especially if this involves cable-only stations like HBO, TNT, Lifetime, HGTV, and more.
Sure, you can regain some of this programming using streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, VStream TV, and Sling Television, as well as through antenna devices like Clear TV and Mohu Leaf, but subscribing to all these services or buying additional hardware can actually end up costing you more per month than your original cable bill.
Add to this that you’ll also lose access to ESPN stations (and all the different sports they cover), and you might have a real problem on your hands. But with the advent of 2 Buck TV, this all seems to be a thing of the past. Is it really, though?
What You’ll Gain with Your 2 Buck TV Subscription
Here’s how the 2 Buck TV website describes it:
“You’ll get free internet access to ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW, Disney, ESPN, HGTV, Lifetime, plus MTV, TLC, A&E, Cartoon Network, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery, E!, Food Network, History Channel, National Geographic, PBS, SciFi, Spike TV, Travel Channel, USA, and so many more!”
The problem is that, up until now, many of these stations were off limits to cord-cutters. What’s changed with 2 Buck TV? Here are some important questions that aren’t answered on the service’s website:
- How do they provide access to all these previously unavailable channels, for such little money (more next)?
- Who’s paying for all this content?
- Will you gain access to all live sporting events, or just those available on major networks, such as ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.?
These questions aside (we’ll come back to them in the final section), how much will you pay for 2 Buck TV?
2 Buck TV Subscription Plans & Additional Costs
2 Buck TV comes with the following subscription options:
- 1-year single user plan: $24
- 2-year single user plan: $38.40
- 1-year family plan: $60
- 2-year family plan: $96
As you can see, 2 Buck TV’s namesake only applies if you purchase a 1-year single user plan, while anything else will cost you much more. But your expenses don’t stop there. Why?
Additional services: Because if you’re subscribed to any other streaming services (like those mentioned above), you’ll also continue paying for them, in addition to your 2 Buck TV plan.
Internet access: On top of this, despite the fact that 2 Buck TV claims to give you “free internet access,” this doesn’t appear to actually be the case. In other words, you’ll still have to continue paying for your internet subscription, and if you have more than one user in your household, you might need to purchase a faster plan—which might cost you even more.
All 2 Buck TV subscriptions come with a 30-day refund policy. In order to request one, you’ll need to call Telebrands customer service at 855-668-1655.
Alright, we’ve given you a lot of information in this review, so let’s bring it all together so that you can better decide if 2 Buck TV is right for you.
2 Buck TV: A Lot of Unanswered Questions
Sure, if 2 Buck TV works exactly as it claims, it could definitely be a game changer for those looking to find freedom from expensive cable bills. But ultimately, the manufacturer only provides a high-level overview of what you’ll get with your subscription, so there are a lot of unanswered questions remaining. Let’s break it down:
Where Does 2 Buck TV Get Its Content?
Perhaps more than any other streaming service/device we’ve reviewed to date, 2 Buck TV provides access to a ton of content, including live programming, sports, TV shows, newly released and older movies, international TV, and thousands of radio stations. But exactly where is all this content coming from?
As we outlined in our VStream TV review, which claims to give you access to much of the same content as 2 Buck TV, someone has to pay for all this content, which itself has to be stored on different servers. From this perspective, we don’t know if 2 Buck TV accesses all of this through third-party companies who pay for distribution rights, or if most of it is just pirated (read: illegal) content, similar to what we believe is the case with VStream TV.
Pro tip: Because 2 Buck TV was a brand new service at the time of our research, coupled with the company’s claim that they already have 3.5 million active subscribers, it might be the case that it’s just piggybacking off a third-party company already in place.
What Does Your 2 Buck TV Subscription Entail?
And when it comes to 2 Buck TV’s subscription, there are even more unanswered questions.
For example: What does each plan involve? Is there a limit to the amount of content you can access each month (similar to a data plan for a smartphone or tablet)? What’s the actual difference between a single user and a family account? If you choose a family account, exactly how many users does this allow?
To help make some sense of these questions, we contacted Telebrands customer service. Ultimately though, they weren’t able to provide any meaningful insight.
Mind Your Additional Costs
On top of these unanswered questions, it’s extremely important to keep in mind that your 2 Buck TV subscription won’t be your only expense.
As we mentioned above, this is because you’ll need internet access. And if you have a relatively slow plan but have more than one user in your household, you might need to increase it to accommodate all the extra data usage, which will be more expensive.
Also, did you cancel your cable subscription mid-contract? If so, you may be subject to steep cancellation fees. Is your internet access bundled with your cable subscription? If so, you might find that your internet costs skyrocket afterward.
Pro tip: Although the 2 Buck TV commercial shows people enjoying the service on their TV, since it’s an internet-based service (i.e. there isn’t any hardware), this will only work if you have a newer smart TV capable of accessing the internet.
But this doesn’t account for the additional services you’ll probably need to take advantage of all of 2 Buck TV’s content, which we’ll discuss next.
Adding It All Up
Finally, to access a lot of content on 2 Buck TV (recent movies, TV shows, etc.), you’ll almost certainly need subscriptions with other third-party streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, and more. And as you might imagine, each of these services come with their own costs, which you’ll need to be mindful of. Otherwise, you risk spending more (sometimes a lot more) than your original cable bill.
Here’s a quick and easy example:
- 2 Buck TV subscription (1-year family plan): $60, or $5 per month
- Netflix Unlimited Streaming plan: $11 per month
- Hulu Plus No Commercials plan w/SHOWTIME Premium: $21 per month
- Sling TV (for access to HBO, TNT, HGTV, ESPN and other premium cable channels): $25 per month
In total? You’re already spending $62 per month! And again, this doesn’t factor in your increased internet costs (if any), as well as any other fees for cancelling your cable contract. So be sure to add everything up before making the leap!
Our final opinion? As such as new service without any online customer reviews, it’s difficult to say whether or not 2 Buck TV is worth the money. But considering all the unanswered questions surrounding the service, we’d definitely recommend approaching with caution. Not only this, but as with any streaming-related service, there’s going to come a time where you’ll need customer support. And based on thousands of consumer reviews for the company’s other products, the amount of help you’ll receive will probably be minimal.
Did you try 2 Buck TV? If so, how’d you like it? How does it compare to other cut-the-cord services? Tell us about it by writing a review below!
3 out 3 people found this review helpful
All they did was take my money. There is no 2 Buck TV. This is just a rip off. The help line is a joke. And now I have to cancel my credit card.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
37 out 38 people found this review helpful
I ordered, but got no service. This is a scam.
I paid for 2 Buck TV by credit card, but there has been no service received. This is a scam.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend