Adding a correction to my previous post regarding Spectrum's streaming packages.
I added the Spectrum TV Choice package (as an experiment, but we'll see if I end up keeping it)
This one has all of our locals, then you get to choose 10 channels from a list of optional channels (like ESPN, NBCSN, National Geo, etc)... hence the "Choice" part of the package name.
I also added the Cloud DVR service. My total bill increases by just $28 a month. So nowhere near the $42 that I had estimated. So for $28 you get basic cable + 10 ala carte choices from a long list of optional channels. I'm pretty sure there was an option to add some premium channels like HBO and Starz and such but we have never subscribed to those so I didn't add anything.
So... $28 including DVR service, a bit of customization to get what you want. That doesn't seem like a bad deal for a bunch of folks.
To take that a bit further, we're now on the Spectrum Essentials package, which is $14.99/month and doesn't include the locals (which are like $12/month thru Spectrum in rebroadcast fees). I put a Tablo with an antenna in the basement and everything works great.
I thought the rebroadcast fees would kill this as well. The Choice package is $24.99. The Cloud DVR is $4.99 (or that was the last price I saw. It doesn't show on the web portal anywhere and you have to call to get it added)
With those 2 items, my total bill went up exactly $28.14. Not sure why it was that low. I expected it was going to be around $40 in which case I probably would not have added this.
this is the 2nd part of my post ..on the internet i found sites that gives me free live streaming of local channels but it gives you everything that you can find on cable all for free ..live stream ..thats all i have been using for ad free movies thats up to date and other channels that i have not been able to watch for years ...i could tell you the sites but i cant on here ...look well its so easy and its right there when you enter the right words for search ...use a ip blocker ..thats it
I don't currently subscribe to any of the live TV streaming services primarily because I still need to record content to DVD for my work and to my knowledge, there is no way one can legally record to DVD from a streaming device I.E. Roku as you can from a cable box or satellite receiver. Even though as a longtime DirecTV subscriber I am satisfied with the service, if I could get everything that I pay for via streaming and could record to discs as I can from DirecTV, I would have no issue going streaming full time because it would save me more money long-term and with the exception of a streaming device and or buying a DVD recorder, I wouldn't be paying as much for equipment as often.
The closest thing to live TV streaming that I subscribe to are sports services like WWE network, ESPN+, and DAZN, but just as is the case with cable/satellite, it depends on what you want that will ultimately determine your costs. One thing that I like about ESPN+ and DAZN for example is they have monthly or annual subscription options.
When I have the option, I prefer annual as compared to monthly as a way to save long-term. I may be wrong, but I don't think any of the general live TV streaming services offer an annual subscription option, but if I were to move to streaming full time I would ask if such an option were available.
I think my monthly costs streaming wise is under $100 because I do subscribe to several services, but again, it depends on what you're looking for. I pay significantly more monthly and annually for my satellite service.
I love streaming vs Directv
I watch very minimal channels - the only must have for me are ID, Discover, and Hallmark. Disney was nice, but not a must have. The cheapest I could get on Directv was $29.99/month, plus $5 for an extra tv.
I now have a roku stick +, Philo at $20/month w/unlimited DVR that gives me a couple of extra channels I now like to watch. I did add Disney+, prepaid for 3 year at $4/month and I'm still $10.99 a month cheaper then I was with Directv. For local channels, I bought a digital antenna for under $20 that has lasted me over a year already. Plus, a watch a TON for free content that I wouldn't have gotten with Directv.
I don't include the internet because I would have bought that anyway.
For me, streaming is truly cheaper. Plus, you have the option to pay for a streaming channel for 1 month, binge the show(s) you want, then drop it until the next season. Can't do that with cable, Directv, Dish.
Agree with you 100%. I have basic cable which does not include really anything. I tried to stream AMC,FX,Paramount,USA,ext, but I was denied access from my cable company. Error codes and no authorization. Basically what I am stated is if you do not have these channels in your cable subscription you can not access them. I tried to go through the companies above and still no access. The only reason I kept my cable box it was cheaper bundled with the internet. I might try another internet company in the future. There is no point in having the cable subscription with these channels as it is expensive, and if you did why stream something you already have. But this is required to stream these channels, makes no sense. Hopefully in the future ROKU will work with the cable companies to get these channels for free.
Personally I went on-demand and Roku because of 2 reasons. The first was because I wanted to view the programs I wanted to watch when I wanted to watch them and not be tied down to the schedule of the channels.
The second was down to choosing what channels, if any, I wanted to pay for. I find that I pay an amount of money to a cable company and get all these channels I never watched. Now I can pay for just the channels I want - and when I want to stop watching them I can.
My Roku has given me freedom for the past 3 or so years now.
Just my 2 cents work