Jeannie has had it with her cable subscription and is going to become a cord cutter. She's got an antenna and the Amazon Fire Stick, but how can she replace her DVR capability? Rich says that SlingTV has a cloud DVR option built into their service for an additional $5 a month. They also have a device called the AirTV Player for about $50.
Jonathan also wants to cut the cable because he's been paying $200 a month for TV service. That's outrageous. Leo agrees and if he can put up a TV antenna and get his local TV broadcasts, then he can stream the rest online. He should check out AntennaWeb.org to see if he can get over-the-air broadcasts in his area.
Rich says that the most popular question he gets these days is on how to cut the cord and get rid of your cable or satellite connection. That shows a serious trend — 22 million cord cutters and 34 million "cord nevers." But it's also far more complicated and you really don't save any money by doing it. Live and local channels is also still a challenge, and there are multiple services:
Paul wants to cut the cable and he wants to know if Sling TV plus an antenna for local channels is a good way to go. Leo says yes, but he may not need the antenna because Sling offers local channels as well. What about a DVR? Three makers offer over-the-air DVR service. TiVo, ChannelMaster, and the Silicon Dust HD HomeRun.
Gary says that cable is getting way too expensive. Leo agrees, and he thinks that we're entering the world of ala carte viewing, where you can watch what you want and not pay for what you don't. It's possible to do that streaming over the internet.
Diane has decided to cut the cable, but she doesn't know where to go from there. Which streaming box should she get? Leo says that there isn't an all-in-one solution for everything she'll want. If she buys through iTunes, then she'll want Apple TV. If she's on Amazon, then maybe the Fire, or the Roku. But if she has to choose one over all the others, Leo says Roku is the best. It's affordable and has the broadest variety of content.
Rick says that Leo should give Playstation Vue a try for streaming online. For $55, it has cable over the internet via the Playstation 3 or 4 console, Roku, etc. There are a ton more channels than Sling.
Leo says it looks interesting but you don't really save anything over paying for cable or satellite. So from a cost saving cord cutting perspective, there isn't much point to it. It is worth a try if you want to cut the cable, though.
Stana cut the cord and is going to watch TV by streaming online from now on. There's a few cable channels she wants, though. What's her best option? Leo says she could get some channels over the air by putting up an antenna if she's in the right location. Some channels offer services through stand alone apps, but she'll have to pay for them. HBO, for instance, has HBO Now, which she can subscribe to on the Apple TV and Roku. If she's already a cable subscriber, then she can use HBO Go, which enables her to watch it on cable and online. It's a bit confusing.
Candy is looking to cut the cable and get an antenna to pick up local channels, while streaming with Netflix. Leo says that the big challenge of cutting the cord is live television. The challenge is how good she can get local channels in her area.
Mike has a Channel Master DVR and he had to install his own hard drive because the one it comes with is really small. But it was worth it because he doesn't have to pay a monthly fee.
The tuner, though, loses signal strength and degrades in quality sometimes. Leo says that's odd because digital should either work or not. It doesn't degrade well.