via Consumer Reports
By James K. Willcox
June 22, 2017
New online TV services are designed to replicate a traditional cable TV package, at a lower cost
Cable TV channels used to keep you tethered to pay TV. But online streaming services now give any cord cutter with an internet connection unprecedented TV-watching freedom.
Subscription streaming video services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix have been around for years. What’s new is the growing number of new services, such as DirecTV Now and Sling TV, that are designed to replace a typical cable-TV package.
Because the content you get with any of these services, especially local channels, can vary by region, you should go to each company’s website, plug in your ZIP code, and see which channels are available in your area. (In particular, local broadcast channels, such as ABC and CBS, are often available only in bigger cities.) And remember that package details can change often, so check the latest offers before signing up.
All the services offer some type of free trial period, so you can try before you buy. Because most require a credit card number, you’ll have to keep track of when the trial period expires and cancel or your card will be charged.
Here are all the current cable-TV replacement services: