by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy
I’ve been having a discussion, or rather, several mini-discussions, on Facebook this week.
I’m a huge fan of live TV, especially from October through September. I mean, you have your World Series, your holiday fare, the series season enders, the summer afternoon movies, and the series premieres. And then the whole thing just starts all over again.
But I’m not a huge fan of the big bill that comes with my TV viewing each month. Forget about the FCC and the never-ending fight to pay for cable a la carte. I’ve been researching things like Roku. Amazon Prime. Firestick. Hulu. Y’all know I already have Netflix. These are streaming apps–they’re not exactly channels, they’re more like a video library. You say, “Hey, I wanna watch my NCIS,” and they say, “Certainly. Which episode?”
Now, the thing is, these streaming venues cost. And not one has everything. So I have to figure what I want and sort of piece together the apps that work best for me.
I don’t want to give up Pandora through the TV. I have a pretty awesome sounding TV, so the smart phone just doesn’t do it when I’m at home.
I heard Hulu has current episodes of almost everything, except my fave CBS shows. So I can subscribe to CBS All Access. The Roku has most of these apps built into it, but so do smart TVs. Having the apps available doesn’t mean I have the accounts to watch. Did I mention I have to figure out which I want to subscribe to?
Here’s where you come in. As I said, I’ve been having these conversations on Facebook with my peeps, but I’d really like to know your opinion.
Do you stream your entertainment? How do you watch live sports? What’s your approximate cost per month? Should I get a Roku or a smart TV or both? Should I stick with cable? How many apps is too many, and in the end, are these mini-subscriptions just adding up to what I’m already paying on monthly one cable bill?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of streaming TV vs. Cable/DVR/on-demand vs. just live TV without any gizmos?
Help This Girl out and let me know what you think?
With too many remotes and an overload of choices,
And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!