Today Cnet published an article The cord-cutting TV dream had another nightmare price hike with the sub-headline YouTube TV's jump to $50 monthly hurts. Could Sling TV be the feel-good cure?. The first thread here on "cord-cutting" is dated December 2, 2011. Obviously, in the 7+ years since then "cord-cutters" and "cord-nevers" have become the most significant audience for TV. However, as the article linked above asks "If a broadband + TV bundle costs the same as a broadband + cord cutter TV service, what's the point?" That needs a conversation. I thought I'd present an old guy's point of view about the costs of TV in 2019 along with giving my general overview. First, about costs. I'm not including the cost of broadband as I it had long before streaming TV was available. This month I paid for TV "channels": Acorn TV $4.12 Amazon Prime $0.00 CBS All Access $9.88 Dish Network $49.48 HBO $14.24 Hulu $11.86 Netfllix $10.87 Showtime $4.95 Total $105.40 In 2009 I was paying Dish $118+ for locals, cable channels, HBO, Showtime, and Starz plus multiple pieces of equipment to be able to record multiple shows with conflicting time slots. Today I have more choices and fewer difficulties at a cheaper cost. As the article notes: ...It's worth remembering that even if a live TV service plus broadband has the same monthly cost as cable's broadband plus TV bundle, streaming has some big advantages. There's no early termination fee for breaking a contract -- because there are no contracts. You can cancel, and switch services, anytime.... The best thing about all of these services, however, is the competition.... As observed in the thread Disney+ pricing announced: My TV situation is complicated by the experience of two complete communications outages for several days where not only internet and cable TV went down, but so did landline and cellular. In one case, in the midst of a nearby wildfire that killed people and took down the regional emergency services communications tower, it became obvious to me that I had to keep at least a minimal Dish package with locals. So my costs still begin with the $49.99 monthly cost of Flex Pack and Local Channels. I don't pay a monthly fee for hardware as I purchased a Wally for $50 which sits next to my purchased Roku. Regarding my Wally, I stand by what I said in my 2017 thread The low cost, high quality Wally for the 21st Century. I hate binge-watching. I love no-commercials and no recording-hassle streaming. So without recording much of anything through my Dish package, I stream. I enjoy the scheduling freedom offered by Hulu (beginning with shows from ABC, NBC, Fox, and others), CBS All Access, and PBS. Most of the content we watch from these three streaming channels is really OTA network TV that I can schedule at my leisure. Regarding other sources one must start with Amazon Prime TV which I consider a freebie as we've had Amazon Prime for shopping since the mid-2000's. And I love the previously inaccessible Brit, Aussie, New Zealand and Canadian programming offered by Acorn TV. Occasionally I add Britbox for a show and Netflix does offer foreign programming. Of course, Netflix literally buries you in programming choices (ranging from excellent to terrible IMHO) which makes it "must have" TV. I pay for HBO while "Real Time" and "Last Week Tonight" are airing but I paid for the whole year for that back when. I add and drop Showtime and Starz when a season of a show I want to watch matches a six month deal. It seems to me that even though prices are going up, I have more control since "cord-cutting" began. I recognize that younger people are comparing more recent history to today, but from an old guy's point of view streaming TV offers cheaper options and far more programming choices. But I do have to make one thing clear, I don't watch sports nor kids TV such the expensive Disney-owned multiple ESPN and Disney channels.