News I'm testing Hulu with Live TV to cut the cord — here's the pros and cons

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We just cut the cord (was paying $150 for cable) and after several weeks of researching, chose Hulu Live TV. We also signed up for Philo for several channels not on Hulu. Philo is a bit clunky and doesn't have the Recent option that I love about Hulu. But for the few channels that Philo has, I'm learning to live with the clunkiness! Our total bill is now $72.
Initially, I was leaning towards YouTube, but they don't offer the History channel which is a must-have for me. I researched other ways to get the History channel but couldn't find anything I was happy with. It's only been a week with our new streaming services so time will tell. And the best thing about all of this is knowing streaming services change from time to time and I plan to stay up-to-date with the latest offerings. After all, you can cancel your current subscriptions with no problem and try a new service!
 
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Good article! I'm an old guy who had cable since 2000. I cut cable about five years ago. I have been with YouTube TV. I chose this service because I watch a lot of local sports and includes all my teams in the SF Bay Area. The hardest part of cutting was the representative wanting to "save" me as a customer, only doing their job. I later cut the internet with them and went with Google Fiber. That's a separate story, but it's nice not having a modem and router cluttering up my small space. Just a high speed router. Savings over cable are not huge, but hey it's $50 month. Another nice part is if I want to cancel YouTube TV I can do it online just like other services. I think they have a pause service too. I'll read a little more about HULU and perhaps try it in the future. I'm still trying to figure out if I can set up my TV to open on YouTube TV rather than use the menu to arrow over every time.
 
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I hope this appears in the right spot. I tested them all a long time ago when people were complaining about DirectTV Now or whatever it was called for stuttering. I chose Sling because it had all my channels (less than 10 that I watch) and it was less expensive.

But as to stuttering, I had no problem with Now and no problem with any other. I only had 100 Mbps at the time. Everybody except people in FL were complaining about DTVN (well maybe not everybody).

One person brought up the idea that it was a locality problem because of the way the services use a network of big routers that they contract with or something like that but right or wrong, I didn't have a problem with any of them, but as you can see, that was a long time ago.
 
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commenting on Robyns - Like you no service at the time had Hist or I think AMC together except Sling Blue which is the one that I had mentioned in my other comment that I chose because it had all my channels. Channels came first, then price and luckily the one with all my channels was the lowest price.
 
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commenting on Robyns - Like you no service at the time had Hist or I think AMC together except Sling Blue which is the one that I had mentioned in my other comment that I chose because it had all my channels. Channels came first, then price and luckily the one with all my channels was the lowest price.
I looked into Sling Blue & Orange, but it lacked a few channels me and hubby liked. I remember reading an article stating a lot of people sign up for 2 services to get the channels they want and it's still cheaper than cable!
 
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I'm wondering why they don't create channel numbers. They could pick any numbers they wanted, but it would make navigating on a standard TV much easier. In fact, having been a Comcast and a Spectrum user, many channel numbers are the same or close. Most of us learn our favorite channel numbers, and then we could negotiate as normal for those we don't remember.
 

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I'm wondering why they don't create channel numbers. They could pick any numbers they wanted, but it would make navigating on a standard TV much easier. In fact, having been a Comcast and a Spectrum user, many channel numbers are the same or close. Most of us learn our favorite channel numbers, and then we could negotiate as normal for those we don't remember.
A lot of these services (including Comcast/XFinity) are trying to push the "Voice activation" function on their remote controls. Why press three or four buttons when I can just press one button and say what channel I want to watch?

-Wolf sends
 
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I'm testing all the cord-cutting services to see which is the best for me. Here's what I like and hate about Hulu with Live TV.

I'm testing Hulu with Live TV to cut the cord — here's the pros and cons : Read more
In a follow-up to my previous post, I have to admit the one thing I miss about cable is the ability to choose a channel by its channel number. Maybe someday, someone will invent a streaming remote with numbers that the user can program on their own, matching the channels with a programmed number!
 
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I'm wondering why they don't create channel numbers. They could pick any numbers they wanted, but it would make navigating on a standard TV much easier. In fact, having been a Comcast and a Spectrum user, many channel numbers are the same or close. Most of us learn our favorite channel numbers, and then we could negotiate as normal for those we don't remember.
I just posted the same thing!! I remember when first learning to navigate my streaming services, I would see channel logos that I had no idea who they were! I had to Google it to find out!
 
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A lot of these services (including Comcast/XFinity) are trying to push the "Voice activation" function on their remote controls. Why press three or four buttons when I can just press one button and say what channel I want to watch?

-Wolf sends
I can see it now "Change to CNN", and the TV responds "Pizza ordered!" :)
 
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