Cable TV for most people is one of those life expenses that feels both unreasonably hefty, and non-negotiably necessary. I get it -- you gotta watch your shows and sports! However in recent years there has been a wave of interest in the idea of "cord-cutting", canceling your cable subscription and getting all the content you need from various internet-based platforms. In years past this meant relying on services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video. More and more movies and shows are becoming available on these platforms, however up until recently you were still stuck in the lurch if you wanted regular TV programming like sports games or MSNBC. The great news here is there are now some awesome new "internet TV" services that let you have all of your shows, but at a fraction of the price. All you need is your TV, a streaming device like AppleTV, and an internet TV provider. Here are a few of the top contenders:
- YouTube TV -- for $40/month with no contract, YouTube TV is an amazing deal. They offer a wide range of channels and programming, a "cloud DVR" which can save shows and watch them later, and the ability to watch it all on your TV as well as any internet-connected device such as your laptop, smartphone, tablet.
- Sling -- while YouTube TV is a more "one size fits all" approach, Sling offers a little more granular control of your packages and pricing. By splitting up cable packages into "Orange", "Blue", and "Combination" plans (for $20, $25, and $40 respectively) they are trying to get you only the things you need with less of what you don't.
- DirecTV Now -- offering even more choice than Sling, DirecTV now has 4 packages, ranging from $35-70. A benefit of this service is that the premium "add-on" channels such as HBO, Cinemax, and Starz are available for the lowest prices of all the other competitors.
If you'd like to learn more about cord-cutting and finding a good fit for your needs I'd be happy to help!