Have you cut the cord with Cable TV? (Public Board)

by JoFrance, Monday, May 01, 2023, 19:23 (33 days ago)

We have Comcast cable and now they've dropped the NFL Channel and Red Zone. My husband loves to watch that and he sure isn't happy. So, maybe eventually they'll come to an agreement, who knows, but are there other online options to cable that you've used for sports?


by IT guy, Monday, May 01, 2023, 21:41 (33 days ago) @ JoFrance

That's what keeps people tethered to cable. Same situation with my dad. He complains about the cost but that's where they get him (sports).

Some streaming services dabble in sports (Amazon, Peacock, Apple TV) but not nearly as much as cable or satellite.

Not sure there is really a way around it. There is still plenty of football on free TV. As for baseball, not so much. Some people subscribe to MLB.TV and use a VPN to gain access to their hometown team (which is typically blacked out).

Not sure about other sports. Seems that fans of auto racing need cable as well in order to watch most races.

Maybe something like youtube TV, Sling TV, or the like could work? I subscribed to Sling TV a couple of times just for the MLB play offs that are also on cable (which used to be on free TV).


sports and network news are the most $$$ services

by Cornpop Sutton ⌂, A bad bad dude who makes good shine., Monday, May 01, 2023, 23:17 (33 days ago) @ IT guy

We use a streaming TV thing called Philo which is 25/mo for coverage of most cable entertainment channels. But it doesn't include ESPN or any news outlets by default. Generally for other streaming services the highest cost upgrades are always sports packages, followed by the cable news - CNN, MSNBC, Fox, etc. The latter have 0/negative value today if you're a reasonable adult.

I think it makes sense to pay just for events and not have multiple 24x7 sports channels streaming in, which is what costs the most.

sports and network news are the most $$$ services

by JoFrance, Tuesday, May 02, 2023, 19:13 (32 days ago) @ Cornpop Sutton

I had looked at Hulu which was the closest thing to what we have with cable. My husband loves football and he loves the Red Zone, which Hulu has. That looks the only possible option right now.

I got an email today from Comcast/Xfinity that they negotiated a deal with NFL, so we can keep what we have, but it sure would be nice to have other competitors offer similar sports packages. As far as cable news goes, they can all go away and I wouldn't care. I don't get my news from them. I rarely watch TV.

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