Originally Posted by sjm817
It gets complex. For me, live TV is live TV. I need to have all of the major networks that I can either watch live or DVR them to watch later or watch time shifted. This will be less of a need once NFL season is done in Feb. Hulu (not Hulu TV) and Sling are not that. I did get in on the $0.99/mo 12/mo Hulu deal which is nice. Yes, it has commercials, but not too bad and the price is right.
For now, I dont see anything that can replace what I am doing with OTA except paying for Fios, and no reason to do that. Yes, quality is not what it used to be but at least I dont have to pay for it. If a streaming service has all the locals in high quality with cloud DVR capability for a reasonable price, I may consider, but I dont think its out there quite yet.
I was paying around $152 after all taxes and fees for the FiOS Ultimate HD Tier, Gigabit INternet, and digital phone.
I switched it to custom TV, Gigabit INternet and digital phone. Now my monthly cost is around $96 after all taxes and fees.
So the $55 in savings more than covers what I'm getting from streaming.
Ideally though, it seemed like Hulu TV was my best option to have access to almost everything. But it would have cost over $60 a month to get what I need. And at that cost I might as well have just stuck with the Ultimate HD tier.
So with a combination of OTA, FiOS, and Sling TV I can get all the channels I want.
Well I do still need to subscribe to Starz, HBO, and CBS All access for a few months out of the year. For access to other shows I watch periodically. But the quality from their apps is so much better than what FiOS has now.
And by cancelling after a couple months, when I'm finished watching my shows, it allows me to get better deals. See they typically offer some deals to come back For instance Starz just gave me six months for only $1 a month. Which will more than cover the time I need to watch the Counterpart show. And CBS All Access just gave me four months for half price. Which should cover me for Star Trek Discovery.
Ideally I would love a streaming service with UHD options, high quality HD, and access to all locals. But that does not exist. And if/when it does, it will be expensive.
With my current FiOS deal, if I dropped the custom TV option, they would raise my price for me to just get gigabit internet and phone service.
But I'm hopeful that something will come out in 2019 or 2020 that will come closer to meeting what I need.