Over the last year, we've had the chance to speak with A LOT of people about cutting the cord on cable. During that time, we've helped tons of people ditch cable in favor of Over-the-Air (OTA) HDTV and streaming subscriptions, saving them a lot of money.
Still there was a (vocal) minority that said there was NO WAY they could cut the cord for one of these three reasons:
These folks swore up and down that the world would end if they couldn't catch the game without heading to the neighborhood pub. And that their wives would divorce them for the lack of home improvement or cooking shows. Or their children would revolt if they couldn't catch up on Disney's latest tween stars.
Well, starting this week (at least for folks in the US) the introduction of Sling TV, has given sports fans, home improvement junkies, foodies and kids the content they crave, without the extra fat of a cable subscription. For $20/month, Sling TV is an Over-The-Top (OTT) streaming service that includes these live TV networks:
There are add-on packages for an extra $5/month if you want even more sports, family content or news/lifestyle programming. Sling TV has also announced they'll be adding AMC shortly, so all of you Walking Dead fans can get your fix here as well.
The average cable bill is hovering around $85/month or more. This means cutting the cord and watching what you want, when you want through a combination of free OTA TV and subscription OTT streaming services is now a very compelling option that offers a significant cost savings. In the aftermath of the Aereo decision, digital TV antennas remain the best legal way to access live, local HDTV and network broadcast content today. Luckily, technologies like the Tablo DVR and services like Sling TV are available and make access to quality HDTV content anywhere easy for the average consumer household. That being said, longer term outlook should see new rulings on MVPDs from the FCC that could pave the way for new, even more consumer-friendly content delivery options.
With Tablo and Sling TV, you get the best of both worlds. So what are you waiting for?
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