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Consumer Report: Streaming live TV

Thinking of cutting the cord? Streaming live TV might be an answer.

Soon YouTube TV will launch in major cities, offering 40 streaming cables channels. Those would include: Disney, ESPN, FOX News, and even some regional sports networks for 35 dollars a month.

“That’s a great price,” says Jim Wilcox of Consumer Reports. “but remember there are channel tradeoffs with these slimmer streaming services. So if you can’t live without a certain channel, make sure it’s offered before you sign up.”

For example, right now YouTube TV doesn’t offer Comedy Central, CNN, HBO, HGTV and a few other channels, though you can pay extra to get Showtime.

Sling TV starts at $20 a month, but its 40-dollar rate offers “All Channels” package including 50 channels, add-ons for local broadcast, sports, movies and premium channels range from five to 15-dollars a month.

Direct TV now has a promotional price of 35-dollars a month for sixty channels, or 60-dollars a month for over a hundred channels.

One thing to remember: all these streaming services require a smart TV or streaming media player, and a decent broadband connection. If your internet service isn’t fast enough, they might not be a good choice.


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