• It’s not always cheaper. If you want to save money, you need to be flexible. If you can’t go without 10 or more channels, you’ll probably end up paying the same amount as you would for cable, once you’ve added up all of the services.
  • Know the type of content you want, and don’t worry about the channel your favorite shows air on. Many times you can find the shows you want on Netflix or Hulu for $10/month.
  • While cord-cutting is trending and millions of people have ditched cable, live TV streaming services are turning into the cable companies you hate. The prices have gone up and inevitably will rise more, while the channel bundles remain.
  • What’s the most significant difference between live TV streaming and cable? You don’t have contacts, and you use your own equipment. This could change too. The real difference is you’re paying a different billion-dollar corporation than you were previously.
  • You need great internet. You may have to upgrade your current internet speed or improve your router, both of which will cost money. These live TV services recommend around 10/mbps, but that’s for one stream with the assumption that no one else is using the internet while you’re watching TV. If you plan on having concurrent streams, I recommend at least 50Mbps.
  • You need a streaming device or a smart TV for each room you want to stream in. I recommend a dedicated streaming device over smart TVs because smart TVs typically have clunky and outdated interfaces or aren’t fully compatible with the live services. For instance, if your smart TV has a YouTube app, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s compatible with YouTube TV. I recommend Apple TV or Roku Streaming Stick+.
  • The current live TV options aren’t ideal for sports fans. The only content I watch on YouTube TV is my local Boston sports games. I stay away from news and reality TV and prefer to use Netflix, HBO, and Showtime for movies and shows over traditional cable. Two hypothetical dreams:
  • I’d pay for three sports channels only and save money. Unfortunately, channels are still bundled together and will never be unbundled.
  • I’d pay for MLB.tv, NBA League Pass, NHL.tv, and NFL Sunday Ticket packages, without a live TV service. Unfortunately, the sports packages blackout your local teams so they can’t be watched.
  • I don’t make money from this post. I’ve received emails from competing services, like Xfinity, with huge commission bribes. I don’t have plans to compare other live TV services aside from these four. My independence is my biggest advantage. Media companies aren’t telling me how or what to write.
  • You can’t watch your local channels with a live streaming service if you’re not logged in from your local area.
  • You can get your local channels for free with a cheap indoors antenna without paying for a live TV streaming service. I can’t get a signal my tiny town, but I think you’d have better luck in a city. If you can pick up local channels for free, it opens up your possibilities for picking a streaming service.
  • “Network sign-ins” should work with all four of these services.
  • How do you watch pay-per-view movies without cable? You rent movies from Amazon Video, iTunes or Vudu for $5 each.