How many channels in your package do you actually use?

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  1. Brian Hanasky

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  2. CeeYion

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    What are your thoughts on YouTube TV -- believe it's 40 channels for $35?
     
  3. Brian Hanasky

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    I am very interested in YouTube TV. So far Google has done it right with the multiple user accounts (so kids stuff/wife stuff is separate from my stuff) and no limit DVR. They are lacking Viacom channels but I expect they are working on access.
     
  4. CTJon

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    Love to know if YouTube is offering local based upon location or have they somehow gotten around the legal issues with local stations owning your market. That is why DirecTV can't offer a common network other than where they don't have local.
     
  5. Brian Hanasky

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    No news on locals on YouTube TV yet. Honestly though I can get local news online. As far as NBC/FOX/CBS/ABC shows Hulu has almost all (minus CBS who is too stubborn).
     
  6. Brad00111

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    If they add a few more channels that I consider deal breakers I would jump on it in a heartbeat. Seeing that they were able to get all 4 major networks onboard and get it right as other have said with multiple logins and unlimited DVR they are their service to beat IMO.

    ETA: over 25% of the channels are sports channels. Now I'm a sports fan but they need to work on getting some additional content networks (TNT for example) onboard as well.
     
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  7. Brad00111

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    According to this CNET article it's only coming to select major market cities. Maybe that's how they are doing it?

    YouTube TV: What we know so far
     
  8. KyL416

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    They're missing a lot more than just Viacom, they don't have deals with AMC Networks (AMC, IFC, WE, BBC America), Discovery Communications (Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, OWN), Scripps (HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel), Time Warner (Turner), and AETN (A&E, Lifetime, History, Viceland).
     
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  9. Brian Hanasky

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    I agree. However I expect Google to push that through sooner than later.
     
  10. KyL416

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    Yeah don't hold your breath on that one. Retrans consent for the locals, ESPN, FS1, NBCSN, Disney Channel (one of the more expensive basic cable channels because it's still not ad supported) and the Fox and CSN owned RSN's combined are already at least half the price they listed. There's no way they can keep the price that low without introducing tiers like Vue and DTV Now has, unless they want to run this thing at a loss or have tons of targetted ads and track...nevermind
     
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  11. mjwagner

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    Why would they be the service to beat when PSVue already has all you listed and most of the key channels that YouTube is currently missing for $40 per month?
     
  12. MadMac

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    Just recently been having a look along these lines here for a variety of reasons: We watch six locals (mainly for news), NBCSN/Extra Time, FS 1/2 (occasionally) and USA. I recently tried Vue at my son's suggestion - we'd get all we want for $45/month as opposed to the approximately $170 we're presently paying D*. Admittedly, there's an up front "capital investment" for the equipment, but that pays for itself VERY quickly. I'm switching over when the D* commitment expires next month.
     
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    We are a few months in with our switch to PSVue. At this point I can't say that I am missing DTV at all. Our bill went from $118 per month with DTV to $40 per month with PSVue. And we now have acces on all 6 of our TV's in the house vs only 4 with DTV.
     
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  14. Brian Hanasky

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    Signed up for a chance to get in the Hulu streaming TV beta. Don't know if I'll get in but hope to see what they have in the works. I believe they are just calling it Hulu instead of something like Hulu TV. For those who don't know it is Hulu's venture into the streaming TV market.

    I have tried PS Vue and like the guide and DVR but it's missing channels my wife wants. I tried Sling TV. Their UI is terrible and they aren't helping themselves with the whole orange/blue mess. Once you get past the UI the stream itself was good enough and I had no buffering or lag. Once you open the UI (especially on XBone) the program in the background lags. No DVR means I won't keep Sling past the free trial. Have not tried Directv Now but since it doesn't have DVR, has had some horrible reviews, and isn't available on Roku or XBone I'm not going to bother at this time.

    Will definitely give YouTube TV a try when it comes out although it is currently missing a lot of channels that I would want.
     
  15. wmb

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    I think about this a little differently. We currently have Xtra. My wife would like Boomerang. Its in ultimate. I said that 1 channel adds $10 per month to the bill. She says its not worth it. Its not a question of whether we can afford it, but what is it keeping us from doing. BTW, she's happy with the choice.

    In the OP's case, $23 is a trip to the wine shop, a couple of tasting flights and a down payment on a bottle for later. Or its an entrée or an entrée and a half, or movie tickets for a night out. Which would his wife rather have - reruns of Bewitched/Golden Girls or something else? Its about choices.

    Looking at the list, I think we could drop down to Choice, and save another $9 per month. Looking at what we watch, I couldn't go below that level because we watch English Premier League soccer and that is on NBC Sports. Whatever we had Xtra for, it looks like we no longer need it (package and/or programming changes).
     
  16. James Long

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    It sounds like the OP and his wife are happy with their choice as well.
     
  17. CTJon

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    I think the issue for most of us is that because of the clever way (and I mean clever with a lot of research and thought) packages are put together there generally is 1 station that we really want that puts in a higher package than we really need - except for that station.
    My other issue is that my spouse is among the most technically non-proficient. So getting her successfully to know and be able to switch sources or something similar to get to the shows she needs is ??
    So I need the one source guide that covers several sources and pressing on a channel on the guide selects or records what is wanted - whether a local via antenna or something on Apple TV or Roku or ???
    Maybe that exists but at the moment sources like DirecTv is the way I'm going to go. I'll pay for the convenience and peace
     
  18. Brian Hanasky

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    Wife is happy with the channels. I'm not really "happy" but it's not that big of a deal. I think I'm going to sign up for Lifetime Movie Club on Amazon (for Lifetime Movie Network replacement) and then buy that shows she wants on DVD (for those shows not available digital)and rip them to a USB drive and connect it to a Roku so she can watch them that way.
     
  19. wmb

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    Hopefully, we are all happy with our choices. Hopefully, its not about the money, its about having to choose where to spend the money based on whimsical package assignment choices.

    What kind of has me right now is that Star Trek Discovery will come out on CBS online offering only, which is $6 or $10 per month. I don't find it worth it. I'm hoping that this 'per network' online streaming offerings dies the quick death it deserves. I don't want to be spending money on a multitude of different providers to piece together some sort of streaming package that has a suboptimal federating searching/guide capabilities.
     
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    Service providers and content providers are businesses. In business the name of the game is profits. Rest assured they will continue to find new ways to nickel and dime their customers.
     

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