Cable? or Streaming Video? or Internet TV?
What is it, or what are they? They can be Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast Devices and Boxes, etc., with and without Remote Control, and it is Software and Subscriptions from aggregators and providers like Netflix and YouTube and DirecTV, all of which let let you watch TV Channels and Movies without a Cable Subscription either thru your computer with an internet connection or thru your Smart TV (an Internet enabled and connected TV) with Apps from the Providers, or a USB Device or External Box which may come with a Remote.
What are the drawbacks?
If you don't have Cablevision/Optimum the drawbacks are you don't get everything in one place and it isn't necessarily easy to DVR programs and series in advance.
Clunky integration with your TV, some of the time.
What are the advantages?
Other services can save you a lot of money. Especially if you don't want a lot of want a lot of the cable shows. And if you choose right, you can get just-released stuff sooner than you would with cable for not much more, or no more money.
What should you look for?
First of all, you want to see good reviews from users. Check the major mag and service reviews of the services, such as those from PC Magazine and take a look at not only the editors' opinions, but also the users.
A lot of what people complain about really has to do with the underlying internet they are using, an d not the actual program service they have subscribed to. Although not always.
Remember that you are dropping cable tv, not cable internet.
Cable internet for those of us in this area or with Verizon FIOS is excellent and fast even at the slower speeds when compared with what is the bandwidth required for tv.
|So this list above is from searching on "internet tv"|
So if you are a cord-cutter -- that is you are dropping cable and want a cheaper alternative, you have 3
DirecTV Now (AT&T) -- However, there is a gotcha: unless you have a Smart TV with built-in Amazon FireTV or ROKU capability you cannot just use/download a DirecTV app you will have to get a supported device that they list. You may get a good deal if you are an ATT customer already. And right now they have a $10 per mo. intro offer which auto jumps to $35/mo unless you cancel ahead of time.
Sling TV is supported on most Smart TVs incl Samsung
YouTubeTV is supported as well.
What if you have an older TV, with no SMARTS -- well, then you should get a smart TV 'cause your life will be easier. But if not you can get a USB device such as ROKU, Amazon FireTV, or ChromeCAST or ??? and it will add internet capability for streaming from your router and a remote for navigation
Here a shots of some of the offers:
|YouTubeTV Offer -- FREE! :)|
So what's next?
So we will have a discussion of this stuff tonite at the KPL, Mar 28, 2018!
Call the Kinnelon Library at 973 838 1321 and reserve a spot.
See you there!