“Are you ready to cut cable? Probably not — yet,” Geoffrey A. Fowler writes for The Wall Street Journal.
“That pains me to say, both as tech columnist and someone who watches enough TV to own a Snuggie. Many of us are rooting for the Internet to upend our indecent cable bills,” Fowler writes. “But after reviewing pretty much every available Internet TV service, streaming box and smart TV, I’ve yet to find a replacement that covers all the TV bases while costing less. Instead, I recommend ‘shaving down’ your cable-and-broadband subscription and supplementing it with streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon and Netflix until this all shakes out.”
“Streaming services are using deals with certain channels and gadget-makers to differentiate themselves. Want ESPN? You’ll need Sling TV on a Roku or Xbox. Want Fox News? Only on Vue with a PlayStation. Want HBO Now? That requires owning an Apple TV — a total of three pieces of hardware if you want them all,” Fowler writes. “No combination of devices is as easy as just changing the channel, or choosing shows saved on the DVR.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Right now, we’re doing the full-blown cable TV with Apple TV (mainly for movies) thing. We have high hopes for an Apple streaming solution this year that’ll deliver enough of the programming that we want at a palatable price, so we can snip the cable cord once and for all.
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