Best Streaming TV Services For Cord-cutters
Cutting the cord is becoming more commonplace every year. While popular streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu have done an excellent job of leading the charge, some people would love to cut the cord but still enjoy the same TV programming their cable provided provides them.
Streaming TV Services are a blend of traditional cable and streaming services that allow you to access not only on-demand but also live TV channels, so you don't have to miss out on your favorite shows.
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Available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles across the U.S., PlayStation Vue lets you access some of the most popular networks on television for a monthly subscription fee.
They have four different subscription packages, that range from $39.99 to 79.99 a month, meaning you should be able to find the package that is right for you. All of the packages come with a slew of channels such as AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, Discovery, Disney Channel, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox News Channel, Syfy, USA, and more! Plus, you can add individual premium channels to any package for an additional monthly cost.
PlayStation Vue also allows you to record live TV so you can watch it later, just like a DVR, and even has an explore mode to give you suggestions of what to watch when you can't decide.
The first thing that may excite you about Sling TV is its price of $20 per month, but there is more to life than just its price tag.
Sling TV is accessible through an app for Android, iOS, Roku, and Apple TV, so chances are you don't have to invest in a device to enjoy the service. Plus it comes with some great channels which include AMC, TNT, ESPN, CNN, History, HDTV and the Disney Channel, so you're bound to find something to keep you entertained.
Sling TV does have a few drawbacks. There is no DVR, so most channels don't let you control playback, and right now you can only stream to three screens at a time, so if you are a family with lots of TVs on all the time that could be problematic.
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DirectTV NOW certainly sounds like an impressive deal; you get 100 channels for $35 a month, which is the most channels for the lowest price currently on the market for service like this.
You can even get local shows depending on where you live. Certain regional sports programs, as well as regional divisions of networks like NBC, are available in the major cities plus you can add premium channel like HBO and Showtime for only an extra $5 per month.
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Pro's (It's only a week old):
Free Apple TV or Amazon FireStick
A lot of shows that you can catch up on and binge
Works great with ChromeCast
Very reasonable price for what you get even with the con's Cons:
No Android TV, X-Box or Samsung TV apps
No CBS or CW (owned by CBS)
Very poor UI for Video control (no 10/30 second rewind, slidebar rewind for everything else)
Not part of T-Mobile's Binge On program
Free Apple TV or Amazon FireStick but no free Nvidia Shield My guess about CBS is that CBS is pushing their ridiculous CBS All Access program (which you have to pay $6-$10 for) and their almost as ridiculous CW TV (which forces you to watch the same commercials over and over) and doesn't want to play nice with others. As an aside please do not subscribe to CBS All Access. This is a bad precedent to set. Do you really want to pay $6-10 for every channel you get? We're back to high cable prices. I have Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and now DirectTV. I refuse to pay anyone else. If it's not on any of those for free then I don't need it (or I'll watch the Asian feed of them)
And that's just the bugs. Not to mention lack of support for Android TV, Smart TVs and Chromebooks.
And like I said, support is almost nonexistent, and when you actually can get in touch with support, they have no idea what's actually going on and give canned answers that don't at all address the issues. You have to go to the forums and hope that another customer had the same issue and was able to figure out how to fix it.
Hopefully they work all this out, but I would strongly advise anyone to wait a few months before signing up.
It's true. You're going to pay more comparatively for Internet when you choose the Internet-only service. But you save in aggregate if you jump on the $35/month for DirecTV Now offer. You will end up saving so much more on the cable part ($35/month + $70/month for 100Mbps). I would pay $190/month for Comcast's Triple Play (cable/phone/internet) and don't even need the phone btw.
For example, I can use my Vue log in to get on the Big Ten To Go app and still catch the games while I'm away from home.
Don't know if the others allow that or not.