By Julie Glass
In this age of rising cable costs and tight budgets, Millennials aren’t the only age group to cut the cord.
Canceling a cable (or satellite) subscription in favor of streaming video over a broadband internet connection — is becoming very popular and several services offer a variety of live television channels.
Most major streaming-television providers include sports in their monthly subscriptions, but the precise set of sports channels you receive depends on the service. Some offer different packages with emphasis on certain subjects like sports or children’s programming, or let you tack on additional channels for a small fee.
Before switching, make a list of all the networks you currently use to watch sports, including channels that show special events like the NCAA basketball tournaments and the Olympics — or the coming FIFA World Cup, which will be shown on both Fox and cable channels.
Here’s a list to match up your viewing requirements with a particular service and the channels it carries:
Popular streaming television services (and their monthly starting prices) include DirecTV Now ($35), Hulu Live TV ($40), Sling TV ($20) andYouTube TV ($40). PlayStation Vue ($40) is another provider with a lot of sports programming, and contrary to what the name may imply, you do not need a Sony PlayStation game console to use the service.
Each service’s website lists its channel lineup, available packages, add-ons and bonus features — like a cloud-based DVR to record live shows. You can also find a list of the mobile devices and set-top boxes that work with the service. Most companies offer a free trial period so you can sample the streams, but if you decide a service is not for you, be sure to cancel your temporary membership before it converts to a monthly fee.
Not all services are available across the country yet, and some providers may not have carrier deals with all of the broadcast networks in certain cities. When making your decision, also check the bandwidth requirements for smooth streaming, and that your broadband plan can accommodate the data usage, as streaming video services are often too unwieldy for those on slow connections and metered plans.